WGBH - How Affordable Should Suffolk Downs 2.0 Be?
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Right now, the old Suffolk Downs race track exudes that particular type of melancholy that’s unique to places that are about to disappear.
Regulars still place simulcast bets inside the clubhouse, leaving a smattering of cars in the parking lot. But the huge grandstand sits empty, and the track itself is idle. The knowledge that Seabiscuit raced here in 1935, and the Beatles played to 24,000 screaming fans in 1966, only reinforces the feeling of faded grandeur.
Spend a few minutes talking with developer Thomas O’Brien of the HYM Investment Group about his vision for the property, though, and your spirits are likely to lift.
“As you can see, this is a big site,” O’Brien said recently, standing on the unused track’s edge. “It’s 161 acres, so it’s by far one of the biggest sites that can be redeveloped in the greater Boston area.”