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Sam Kennedy on OMF gives update on Yawkey Way name change

Ryan Hannable
April 19, 2018 - 12:00 pm

Last week, Boston's Public Improvement Commission postponed its vote on a request by the Red Sox to change the name of Yawkey Way. The Red Sox want the street to return to its original name of Jersey Street.

Appearing on Ordway, Merloni and Fauria Thursday, Red Sox president Sam Kennedy gave an update on the status of the name change where he said he expects a final resolution to come April 26.

“Let me start off by saying, we have not changed our position whatsoever," he said. "Our petition remains under consideration in front of the public improvement commission and as we understand there will be a final resolution to this one way or the other a week from today, on April 26th, is what we have been told. From our perspective, there was so much testimony, a lot of back-and-forth on the issue, which has to happen. We’ve always said this a community-wide decision. We wanted to make sure that everyone has the chance, the opportunity to be heard.

"Whether it is in private, in public, through letters, through public testimony, it is a really important thing we have asked the city to consider and so we wanted to be respectful of the time and allow people to be heard. That has been an on-going process, but we have been consistent since last August when we talked about this for first time publicly. Our petition remains in front of the PIC, and as we understand it a ruling will come next week.

"Regardless of the outcome, we will move forward in a positive and productive way. That is the most important thing. It’s been a 17-year journey for us here at Fenway trying to insure Fenway Park is inclusive and welcoming to everybody and we are going to continue to do that as long as John Henry and Tom Werner are on the team.”