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Sulfur pockets cause a stink in the Fenway

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  April 4, 2013 03:08 PM

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The Red Sox may be looking up this year, but the area around Fenway Park sure stinks.

A smell has been permeating the air near the park, more akin to rotten eggs than Fenway franks.

Along Boylston Street in the West Fens, area residents, employees, and passersby have taken to Twitter to complain about the smell of sulfur emanating from the construction site at 1325 Boylston Street.

"The smell coming from the new construction site next to fenway is unbearable. People you have been warned," Naomi Ricci tweeted Wednesday.

"the smell of sulfur is forever stuck in my nose now. thxXX fenway construction" Jen Atamian tweeted Thursday.

The smell, Larry Green, director of construction for developer Samuels & Associates confirmed, is from the excavation work being done on the lot between Boylston and Van Ness

Green said that as crews excavate, they hit pockets of organic material, such as sulfur, that release the smell.

The smell can last a few hours after a pocket is hit, Green said, but they are working to mitigate the smell by spraying an odor eliminating material.

He said they are also carefully monitoring levels of the materials. While smelly, the materials do not pose a health risk at these levels.

The smell will come and go as pockets are hit over the next week or so. The smells will end once crews reach clay where there is no organic material, Green said.

While crews are working to mitigate the smell, some even said they could smell it inside nearby buildings.

"Seriously #Fenway why does it stink like sulphur here?! I'm on the 6th floor & I can still smell it!" Eddie Reyes tweeted Monday.

Samuels & Associates is constructing a $250 million mixed-use building that would house 225,000 square feet of office space, 170 apartments, about 165,000 square feet of retail space, and an underground parking garage.

The building, which will have an 11-story brick section and a 13-story glass section, will be anchored by a Target store.

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