Suffolk Downs Master Plan
The Suffolk Downs master plan vision will transform the underutilized horse-racing facility into a highly-resilient, transit-oriented, mixed-use development with commercial office, retail, housing, and open space. Surrounded by the Revere and East Boston neighborhoods and only 10 minutes from Downtown Boston, the plan will introduce a network of open spaces that will reactivate the public realm on this historic site. The vibrant mixed-use community will offer an array of residential, hotel, retail, and recreational experiences. The powerful new economic hub will generate new jobs, new local tax revenue and create a destination that is significant for the future of the adjacent communities of East Boston and Revere. The 161-acre site will be reconnected to these neighboring areas after years of being separated.
With nearly 40 acres of the overall site dedicated to public open space, Suffolk Downs will feature unique recreation areas that complement the site’s natural assets. Parks and pedestrian walkways will traverse the natural wetlands and showcase the neighboring Belle Isle Marsh, Revere Beach, and Constitution Beach. Due to the site’s close proximity to the Atlantic coast, the planning team incorporated innovative resiliency strategies that address future sea level rise and other impacts of climate change, while contributing to a sustainable, healthy, and dynamic urban ecosystem.
Commercial clusters of office, lab, and retail space will offer a range of opportunities for the local workforce and maintain the neighborhood’s economic health. Transit-oriented development efforts – including two adjacent MBTA Blue Line stations, a number of bike-sharing options, and easy pedestrian access to public transportation – will create a valuable commuter network and encourage environmentally-friendly travel.
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