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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