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Raising the Olympic vision
Boston 2024 planners hope to build Olympic Stadium on Widett Circle in South Boston, but there are plenty of obstacles in the way. Early plans call for some existing private tenants to move. Public ones such as the MBTA and the City of Boston tow lot could be covered over with platforms. Eventually planners hope the project area becomes a new neighborhood called Midtown:

Tenants on Olympic project site

The Olympic Plaza site sits on more than 80 acres of which 70 are controlled by five principal owners:

Public entities

Commonwealth of Massachusetts uses 2 acres for maintenance; the MBTA uses 23.1 acres for bus maintenance, fueling and washing, and for train set maintenance.

National Railroad Passenger controls a segment of rail bed totaling 1.4 acres.

City of Boston uses 17.8 acres for public works storage, a parking garage salt shed, and a tow lot.

Private entities

New Boston Food Market uses 20 acres for a wholesale food distribution facility.

ART Mortgage Borrower controls 4.7 acres, which houses a cold storage facility related to the New Boston Food Market.

Tenants on Olympic project site

 

The Olympic Plaza site sits on more than 80 acres of which 70 are controlled by five principal owners.

 

Public entities

Principal owners

of the land

Commonwealth of Massachusetts uses 2 acres for maintenance; the MBTA uses 23.1 acres for bus maintenance, fueling and washing, and for train set maintenance.

MBTA

37.1%

National Railroad Passenger controls a segment of rail bed totaling 1.4 acres.

ART Mortgage Borrower 6.9%

New Boston Food Market

28.6%

City of Boston uses 17.8 acres for public works storage, a parking garage salt shed, and a tow lot.

 

Private entities

TOTAL

New Boston Food Market uses 20 acres for a wholesale food distribution facility.

100%

National Railroad Passenger

2%

ART Mortgage Borrower controls 4.7 acres which houses a cold storage facility related to the New Boston Food Market.

City of Boston

25.5%

South Boston Public Works

Boston

Transportation Department

Broadway

Station

93

MBTA Cabot Yard commuter rail train maintenance facility

Andrews

Station

Tenants on Olympic project site

The Olympic Plaza site sits on more than 80 acres of which 70 are controlled by five principal owners.

Public entities

Private entities

Principal owners of the land

Commonwealth of Massachusetts uses 2.0 acres for maintenance; the MBTA uses 23.1 acres for bus maintenance, fueling and washing and for train set maintenance.

ART Mortgage Borrower 6.9%

New Boston Food Market uses 20 acres for a wholesale food distribution facility.

ART Mortgage Borrower controls 4.7 acres which houses a cold storage facility related to the New Boston Food Market.

New Boston Food Market

28.6%

TOTAL

MBTA

37.1%

National Railroad Passenger controls a segment of rail bed totaling 1.4 acres.

100%

National Railroad Passenger

2%

City of Boston uses 17.8 acres for public works storage, a parking garage salt shed and a tow lot.

City of Boston

25.5%

South Boston Public Works

ART Mortgage Borrower

Boston Transportation Department

Broadway

Station

93

MBTA Cabot Yard commuter rail train maintenance facility

Andrews

Station

Making room for Olympic Plaza

How the footprint of Olympic Stadium and other ground-level structures affects current tentants.

Ground level of Olympic Plaza

At ground level, the Olympic Stadium and its support buildings would occupy most of the land owned by New Boston Market, which would have to be relocated. Several MBTA facilities would have to be built over or moved.

North of the stadium, Olympic buildings designed to support operations and opening and closing ceremonies would require dedicated land. Impacted properties include the 4.7 acres cold storage facility owned by ART Mortgage Borrower and facilities used by Boston Transportation Department.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

National Railroad Passenger

City of Boston

New Boston Food Market

Making room for Olympic Plaza

How the footprint of Olympic Stadium and other ground-level structures affects current tentants.

Ground level of Olympic Plaza

Athletes and their support staff, and spectators would enter the Olympic Stadium through Olympic Plaza, one of the Games most important spaces.

At ground level, the Olympic Stadium and its support buildings would occupy most of the land owned by New Boston Market, which would have to be relocated. Several MBTA facilities would either have to be built over or moved.

 

North of the stadium, Olympic buildings designed to support operations and opening and closing ceremonies would require dedicated land. Impacted properties include the 4.7 acres cold storage facility owned by ART Mortgage Borrower and facilities used by Boston Transportation Department.

Area where existing facilities would need to be demolished.

South Boston Public Works

Boston

Transportation Department

Broadway

Station

93

MBTA Cabot Yard commuter rail train maintenance facility

Andrews

Station

ART Mortgage Borrower

Making room for Olympic Plaza

How the footprint of Olympic Stadium and other ground-level structures affects current tentants.

Ground level of Olympic Plaza

At ground level, the Olympic Stadium and its support buildings would occupy most of the land owned by New Boston Market, which would have to be relocated. Several MBTA facilities would either have to be built over or moved.

 

North of the stadium, Olympic buildings designed to support operations and opening and closing ceremonies would require dedicated land. Impacted properties include the 4.7 acres cold storage facility owned by ART Mortgage Borrower and facilities used by Boston Transportation Department.

Area where existing facilities would need to be demolished.

South Boston Public Works

Broadway

Station

Boston Transportation Department

New Boston

Food Market

93

MBTA Cabot Yard commuter rail train maintenance facility

Andrews

Station

ART Mortgage Borrower

Olympic hub raised

On the Boston 2024 drawing board, the upper plaza level is raised, allowing many of City of Boston and MBTA facilities and their operations to remain intact.

Elevated Olympic Plaza level

The Game’s most important public space, athletes and their support staff, and spectators enter Olympic Stadium here. Street-level buildings on the raised platform accommodate running the Games as well as provide amenities to spectators.

Secured perimeter

Athletes’ warm up area

According to planners, the northwest quadrant may be developed before the Games with new hotel, residential, retail, and restaurant uses.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Olympic hub raised

On the Boston 2024 drawing board, the upper plaza level is raised, allowing many of City of Boston and MBTA facilities and their operations to remain intact.

Elevated Olympic Plaza level

Athletes and their support staff, and spectators would enter the Olympic Stadium through Olympic Plaza, one of the Games most important spaces.

Secured perimeter

Athletes’

warm up area

According to planners, the northwest quadrant may be developed before the Games with new hotel, residential, retail, and restaurant uses.

Raised walkway between

stadium and warm up area.

Olympic stadium

Plans call for the 60,000 capacity stadium to be dismantled after the Games.

South Boston Public Works

Olympic

Village

transit

line

Broadway

Station

93

MBTA Cabot Yard commuter rail train maintenance facility

Andrews

Station

Olympic hub raised

On the Boston 2024 drawing board, the upper plaza level is raised, allowing many of City of Boston and MBTA facilities and their operations to remain intact.

Elevated Olympic Plaza level

Athletes and their support staff, and spectators would enter the Olympic Stadium through Olympic Plaza, one of the Games most important spaces.

According to planners, the northwest quadrant may be developed before the Games with new hotel, residential, retail, and restaurant uses.

Secured perimeter

Athletes’

warm up area

Olympic stadium

Plans call for the 60,000 capacity stadium to be dismantled after the Games.

Raised walkway between

stadium and warm up area.

Open to

below

Broadway

Station

Olympic Village

transit line

South Boston Public Works

93

MBTA Cabot yard commuter rail train maintenance facility

Andrews

Station

Building over rail lines

Other raised platforms with potential green space have been proposed as part of the Olympic vision.

Covering railways with greenways

Platforms: Additional infrastructure improvements planned as part of the Olympic Stadium development include raised platforms on the northern and southern ends of Olympic Plaza. Olympic planners say the potential improvements would help repair the visible scars left from 19th and 20th century rail construction and move it out sight.

Green space is designed in and around Olympic Plaza with sizeable space planned east of the raised platform up to Dorchester Avenue.

Olympic Village platform

Green space

Building over rail lines

Other raised platforms with potential green space have been proposed as part of the Olympic vision.

Covering railways with greenways

Additional infrastructure improvements planned as part of the Olympic Stadium development include raised platforms on the northern and southern ends of Olympic Plaza. Olympic planners say the potential improvements would help repair the visible scars left from 19th and 20th century rail construction and move it out sight.

Green space is designed in and around Olympic Village with sizeable space planned east of the raised platform up to Dorchester Avenue.

Boston

Transportation Department

South Boston Public Works

ART Mortgage Borrower

Broadway

Station

93

MBTA Cabot Yard commuter rail train maintenance facility

Andrews

Station

Building over rail lines

Other raised platforms with potential green space have been proposed as part of the Olympic vision.

Covering railways with greenways

Additional infrastructure improvements planned as part of the Olympic Stadium development include raised platforms on the northern and southern ends of Olympic Plaza. Olympic planners say the potential improvements would help repair the visible scars left from 19th and 20th century rail construction and move it out sight.

Green space is designed in and around Olympic Village with sizeable space planned east of the raised platform up to Dorchester Avenue.

South Boston Public Works

ART Mortgage Borrower

Boston Transportation Department

Broadway

Station

93

Andrews

Station

SOURCE: Boston2024

James Abundis / Globe Staff

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