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It also spends more than twice as much time as the planners expected, 50% more than the original budget, and the immeasurable patience of commuters, neighbors and local business owners, one of the most important neighborhoods of the city who looks at it seems to be an eternal building area.
Now, after repeated suspension and start-up, after litigation and neighbor bickering, after constant change pushed prices up to nearly $50 million, construction of transport warehouse in Kenmore Square is coming to an end.
\"It\'s very difficult to achieve this and it takes a long time, but anything can happen if you live long enough,\" Terri North said . \", The president of the kenmore resident organization has lived in the apartment overlooking the square for 37 years.
Is the trouble worth it?
\"It\'s hard to answer this question,\" she said . \"
\"Some days I would say that\'s not the case.
But now we can see the growth of plants and all the progress, and we are happy at the end, yes, I think it is worth it.
\"The fruits of labor include a diving glass canopy in the center of the square;
The widening brick footpaths and paved footpaths across the road;
Dozens of new trees and street lights;
Three new elevators and three new escalators were designed for the disabled. (
Two of the elevators are unfinished projects.
Everything should be done by the end of the year. )
Less obvious improvements include 17 public security cameras, an 8-
The inch rise on the subway station makes it easier for people using wheelchairs, a new communication room that can better coordinate the service between the three train lines of the station and the five bus lines, everything from more lighting and new emergency exits to underground hose connections in the fire department.
\"We do this at the same time as providing services to more than 10,000 commuters who use the station every day,\" said Charlie O\'Reilly, MBTA\'s assistant general manager for design and construction,
\"We know it\'s hard for them, but now that the project is basically done, we are confident that they will see that the new amenities are worth it.
\"The project may look older than it is now, perhaps because city and T officials started planning to renovate the old square in 1998.
The initial goal was to knock 1960 down.
Era brick bus shelter, making the station compliant with federal law and accessible to persons with disabilities.
The project was later developed to include changes in roads and sidewalks and other landscaping work.
T officials had planned to start construction in 2002, and news reports quoted them as saying they would be finished by 2004.
However, design changes, delays in the approval process, and financial barriers have delayed the start date.
The project was eventually tendered at the end of 2004 and ground broke in early 2005, with planners subsequently expecting construction to be completed in early 2007.
Then, when contractors find dozens of unlicensed utility lines that have to be moved, the work slows down.
Since the victory of 2004 World Series, the support of Red Sox fans for the success of the team has increased, which also hinders the progress of the work.
The engineers learned that the metal fasteners used to connect the glass panels of the new bus shelters are not strong enough to survive in the strong winds of the square --
Delayed the project for several months.
Another factor is T\'s decision to resolve the proceedings with groups representing the disabled.
The agreement forced T to spend $0. 31 billion to make it easier for disabled passengers to use the train and bus system, requiring Kenmore to plan major changes.
\"These changes have caused delays,\" said John McCormack, chief engineer of the project . \".
\"It would be good to be able to finish the work as planned.
But this is a fantasy.
There will always be changes.
\"While there are no longer cranes and concrete trucks in the square, the work is still not complete.
There are still piles of land where the grass is planned.
Under the new glass canopy, a rusty old windbreaker is still tied.
The elevator shaft is empty, with scaffolding on it.
The walls still need to be painted, and the lights need to be installed, the maps have to be updated and new signs are needed to replace the worn-out paper that is now used to guide commuters.
Pam Beale, President of the cammore association, including more than 50 local businesses, suffered from other businesses while watching business in her restaurant Cornwall, slow forward in the long years of construction.
She heard all the complaints and made many of her own.
\"There was a lot of bumps and bruises along the way,\" she said . \".
\"If we knew what it meant from the beginning, we might be dealing with it in a different way.
But when you look outside now, it\'s really worth it.
The square needs to be renovated.
\"Some businesses have noticed the difference.
Diane Hansen, wine gallery manager, said her store is attracting residents who live on the other side of the square but never know that her store exists.
\"Now the square is brighter, there are more pedestrian traffic, and people are more willing to cross the road,\" she said . \".
\"So far it feels like in gulag.
\"Others are not sure if the gain is greater than the cost.
Leah Eckelberger, owner of Jean Therapy, started her lease five years ago, with the impression that the work will be completed within two years.
\"It\'s basically a pit since then --
This is the parking lot for all construction workers, \"she said.
\"I don\'t see anything better than the improved sidewalk.
\"Lisa Gosling, the manager of a local Century Bank branch, is just content that she no longer needs to play chicken games on Beacon Street, but she blocked her window against one.
Like many people who live and work in the square, she still doubts whether the project is actually completed.
\"It\'s getting there,\" she said . \".
\"But they kept saying it would be done soon.
I hope it will happen soon.
\"You can contact David Abel @ globe. com.