Suffolk Downs Update
16.5 million square feet of development envisioned at Suffolk Downs
A total of 16.5 million square feet of office, residential, hotel and retail space would be constructed at the 161-acre Suffolk Downs site in East Boston and Revere per newly revealed project plans. Approximately 11 million square feet of development would be located in Boston, with 5.5 million square feet located in Revere. New buildings up to 220 feet high would be constructed over a 15 to 20 year period, with construction of the first phase, two 260,000-square-foot office buildings located adjacent to the Suffolk Downs MBTA Blue Line station with up to 520 parking spaces, potentially starting as soon as early 2018 if Amazon chooses Suffolk Downs as the site for its’ second headquarters.
If Amazon selects Suffolk Downs, the only Boston-area site under single ownership that could accommodate Amazon’s desire for up to eight million square feet of office space with direct access to public transportation and proximity to an international airport, a total of eight million square feet of office space would be constructed at Suffolk Downs, 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. Under both project plans, 40 acres of Suffolk Downs, approximately 25% of the site, would be comprised of open space, with elements including an approximately 15-acre central common, a landscaped amphitheater and active and passive recreation areas scattered throughout.
Newly revealed renderings of the Suffolk Downs development are posted above. Suffolk Downs developer The HYM Investment Group has filed plans for Suffolk Downs with the Cities of Boston and Revere, who are now reviewing the proposed project.