The Boston Business Journal reports the state Department of Conservation will hand the old Charles River Speedway property along Soldiers Field Road to a development group that will turn the old horse-track administration building/MDC/State Police barracks into an arts center with space for restaurants and which will build an apartment building atop the less historically important parts of the parcel.
The speedway, built in 1899, originally stretched to Harvard Stadium and, in addition to horse racing, had a bicycle-racing track.
The old police barracks (photo by Chris Rich):
Leslie Jones took the chariot photo of a chariot at the speedway sometime between 1917 and 1934. Photo, from the BPL Leslie Jones collection, posted under this Creative Commons license. MDC building photo copyright by Chris Rich.
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