The new owner of the old Suffolk Downs sketches out mixed-use redevelopment plans for the site that would be modeled on the success of Assembly Row in Somerville.
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Thank goodness. We can have our own Burlington-in-the-City.
Assembly is pretty dense though. Some nice sized towers. Burlington is all sprawl. This has potential. East Boston residents are always worried about traffic and parking. I say have barely any parking and there will be no traffic. If people don't want to get there by Blue Line (two stops) then they don't need to go there.
OK so that just forces some shoppers to go elsewhere. I avoid the T at all costs because it BLOWS! Not everyone wants to ride the T.
So you're an expert on something you don't use? That's pretty incredible. I've never had issues any time I've taken the Blue Line between Maverick and Suffolk Downs, and I don't think I've waited longer than 6 minutes for a train, but I'll defer to your opinion on this.
I find the Blue Line with their new Siemens cars and re-done signaling system, along with track work that was done years ago... makes the Blue Line the line with the least amount of problems.
You might get a 7-10 minute headway on the weekends but generally it's pretty good.
Source: All of the above, my own daily commute, and the fact that it only featured in 4 of the UHub T rhymes from last year.
Also I find Wonderland to be a very nicely designed station. I guess it helps that the plaza opens up to a view of the beach.
are on the Green Line. It's crazy, although the T, as a whole, is badly in need of a serious overhaul.
Yeah. The green line sucks and I hate ever having to take it. The Blue Line, though, is pretty awesome.
Cool. Stay in the suburbs and everyone wins. Less parking means cheaper prices since cars take up so much valuable land.
Assembly row is surprisingly well built. Good restaurants, dense housing, easy T access, etc. A good mix of suburban and urban -- exactly what describes Somerville and Revere.
This is a much better use of the space then a Casino would have ever been.
which is what makes it so cool.
It would be much better to put an assembly row type of development on what's left of the East Boston waterfront. Too late for that.. or maybe they can still do it ,right at the wide open land near the Eastie ship yard . Stay tuned .
It should be an additional stop on the new silver bus line, obviously it will go from the waterfront in Southie to airport to Chelsea but it should also include suffolkdowns because it is very close to Chelsea.
Have you looked at a map? The SL to Chelsea will cross the Chelsea River on the Chelsea St Bridge, which is a mile SW of Suffolk Downs. Are you suggesting that buses divert off of the busway for a 2-mile round trip on congested 1A? That's insane.
The blue line is plenty of transit access for Suffolk Downs.
My hope is that they build structured parking on the perimeter of the development, with on-site parking reserved for handicap and deliveries. Reducing the amount of driving in and around the development will allow for much less pavement, better ped and bike facilities, and a far more enjoyable streetscape. Not quite a ped-only zone, but one where the exhaust and the revving and the honking is minimized.
Hopefully they will have less parking and be better knit into the neighborhood than assembly. I lived less than 2 miles from there and it was not pleasant walking (few ways to cross the I93 moat to get there). I like assembly, has nice parks and the cinema is the most comfortable around, cool beer garden, but its surrounded by a sea of surface lots. Its not as ca centric and airport restaurant filled as the seaport, but its not a big culinary draw. Hopefully this development will learn from those mistakes, could be a great new area.
I live not far from Assembly Row (it's a five minute drive, plus there's also an Assembly stop on the Orange line), and there are some pretty good restaurants. If one likes seafood, there's Legal on the Mystic, which is excellent, and Earl's, which is also a good restaurant. The cinema is fantastic, and it's beautiful. There's also a huge parking garage, and the parking is free, to boot.
The last time I was there, there was only one restaurant that looked affordable and appetizing. The taco place. It gave us food poisoning, and was still overpriced.
The tent has had basic bar and soup fare for a while. The actual brick/mortar pub they are building should be on line before too long.
And being a pizza place, it didn't break the bank. I was there at about 11:30 on a rainy Saturday morning and a bunch of construction workers came in just before us. As a bonus, it's by the river (sort of)
Local chain - passable food, not too pricey. I think they make their $$ on drinks.
Sorry that happened to you, blues_lead. That's kind of a drag.
I have mixed feelings about this. Sure I understand the need for more housing and the advantage of TOD, but as it stands, the Revere public school system is already bursting at the seams. This is only going to add to the problem.
The developer could splurge for an expansion of the Rummey Marsh School, and/or make sure the residences are distributed between Revere and Boston.
And before you note that education in of itself has recurring labor costs, remember that the tax on agricultural land (the barns and track) is a lot less than the tax on commercial land, so revenue will be going up.
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