East Boston Times - Community Participation Urged in Suffolk Downs Public Comment Period
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Last week the owners of the Suffolk Downs site, HYM Investment Group, LLC, released its Planned Development Area Master Plan (PDA). This started that a 90-day public comment period that City Councilor Lydia Edwards is urging East Boston residents to submit their comments.
In its filing, HYM proposes approximately 10.5 million square feet of development on the approximately 109 acres of the Suffolk Downs site in the City of Boston. The multi-phased proposal will include development of a new mixed-use neighborhood, a 40-acre publicly accessible open space system, and two retail squares at Suffolk Downs and Beachmont MBTA stations.
The initial project phase will include approximately 1.39 million square feet of development consisting 520,000 square feet of corporate use and amenity space, three residential buildings, and a portion of the townhomes proposed along Waldemar Avenue totaling more than 800 housing units. Phase I also includes the construction of the Horseshoe Pond landscaped wetland enhancements and Belle Isle Square public plaza with over 100,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.