About Suffolk Downs
161-acre development site currently home to the Suffolk Downs horse racing track. Suffolk Downs is located off of McClellan Highway and between the Suffolk Downs and Beachmont MBTA Blue Line stations. Approximately 109 acres of the site are in East Boston, with approximately 52 acres in Revere.
The HYM Investment Group acquired Suffolk Downs for $155 million in May 2017 and proposes to construct active uses including residences, retail, office and lab space, hotel space and accessory parking. Residences would include townhomes, apartments, condominiums and senior housing. A total of 16.5 million square feet of space would be constructed, including 11 million in Boston and 5.5 million in Revere.
Suffolk Downs has been identified by the City of Boston as a potential location for Amazon’s second headquarters, in which case two 260,000-square-foot office buildings with ground-floor retail space, up to 520 parking spaces and related infrastructure and open space improvements would be constructed next to the Suffolk Downs Blue Line station starting early 2018. The buildings would be delivered by the end of 2019.
In total, eight million square feet of office space would be constructed at Suffolk Downs should Amazon choose to move there, in addition to 7,500 residential units, 830 hotel rooms and 550,000 square feet of retail likely including Whole Foods, Amazon Go, Amazon Books and other Amazon retail lines. A second, more residential-centric proposed development program would construct 5.25 million square feet of office space, 10,000 residential units, 670 hotel rooms and 450,000 square feet of retail.
Buildings at Suffolk Downs would be connected and supported by new open space, neighborhood retail and civic spaces, presenting a pedestrian-friendly fabric similar to Assembly Row in Somerville. A 40-acre publicly-accessible open space system, making up approximately 25% of the site, would incorporate existing wetland features and construct an approximately 15-acre central common, a landscaped amphitheater and new active and passive recreation areas throughout. Two new retail squares, Belle Isle Square and Beachmont Square, would be constructed adjacent to the Suffolk Downs and Beachmont Blue Line stations, respectively, and a new “Main Street” retail district would be created.
The Suffolk Downs development would be transit-oriented. The two existing adjacent MBTA Blue Line stations would be integrated, and new bicycle path connections and Hubway stations would be created. Improved connections to the adjacent neighborhoods of East Boston and Revere would be created, along with new open space and pedestrian and bicycle pathways. The development would be constructed in phases over a 15 to 20 year period. Construction would likely cost over $1 billion. The following are renderings of Suffolk Downs: