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Red Sox Want Landmark Status for Fenway

August 24, 2005

BOSTON (AP) _ The Boston Red Sox have applied to have Fenway Park recognized as a national historic landmark, which would make renovation and expansion work eligible for federal tax credits.

Janet Marie Smith, the team’s vice president of planning and development, said Tuesday that the application was submitted to the National Park Service about a month ago. She did not know how long the review would take.

The Red Sox are in the midst of a decade-long, $200 million renovation of Fenway. Built in 1912, it is Major League Baseball’s oldest and smallest stadium.

Smith could not put a dollar figure on the rehabilitation tax credit, which is designed to give property owners an incentive to save historic structures.

However, according to the Park Service’s Web site, the rehabilitation tax credit ``equals 20 percent of the amount spent in a certified rehabilitation of a certified historic structure.″

According to the federal government’s list of National Historic Landmarks, the only other Major League stadiums considered for landmark status were Wrigley Field and Comiskey Park, both in Chicago. The process was never completed for either stadium, and Comiskey has since has been torn down.

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