Blog :: 11-2020

Dorchester Bay City: Something Big is Coming to Dorchester

Dorchester Bay City: Review Process Starts This Month, 2020

The Bayside Expo Center in Dorchester has lived many lives since it first opened. It’s been a shopping mall, a convention center, a potential site for the Olympic Village (if the Olympics had come to Boston in 2024) – but this 33-acre property is finally starting its biggest chapter yet.

Earlier this year, after a year of planning (and more than a decade after the Expo Center’s last closure), real estate developer Accordia Partners LLC finalized the sale of the Bayside Expo Center land. Their plan: to transform this land into a 6-million square-foot hub for Bostonians to work, live and play.

Dorchester Bay City

This new development is known as Dorchester Bay City. Located between 200 Mt. Vernon Street and 2 Morrissey Boulevard, this massive complex will be a beautiful new public space, complete with storefronts, offices, and homes.

The developers estimate that Dorchester Bay City will be home to 1,740 residential units, 155,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, and another 4 million square feet dedicated to workspaces, academic facilities, and research and development centers. The land will also feature a vast public area with bicycle paths, pedestrian accommodations, and roadways, making the neighborhood a beautiful and walkable area within Columbia Point.

Beautification and neighborhood improvements are at the heart of Dorchester Bay City. As Accordia Partners LLC explains in their proposal on the project:

“By providing wonderful new public spaces with improved access to the Harborwalk, retail and open space programming available to all, and a mix of uses that ensures a 24/7 community that embodies live, work, and play, the Project will become a dynamic hub for all Bostonians.”

Accordia Partners co-owner Richard Galvin asserts that Dorchester Bay City will “feed into a series of public benefits,” such as job creation, infrastructure improvements, climate resilience, and greater accessibility to public spaces. While the build-out may take upwards of a decade, it is the company’s hope that this new neighborhood will improve life for Bostonians throughout the Columbia Point region. 

About the Development

The Dorchester Bay City project is being developed by Accordia Partners, LLC. Founded in 2014 by Kirk Sykes and Richard Galvin, the company seeks to increase inclusion and diversity in urban spaces through its development projects. Accordia Partners works to create equity in employment and education opportunities, helping to improve their community one project at a time.

Suffolk Downs: A Redevelopment of a Mixed-Use Neighborhood

Suffolk Downs East Boston megaproject, Boston Herald, 2020

Boston has long been a business and cultural hub in the United States, but the 21st century has seen a boom for our city. The population has grown by nearly 130,000 – a 23% increase – since 1980.

With so many people living and working in the city, developers are working hard to build neighborhoods and office spaces to house them. And recently, real estate company HYM Investment Group announced that they would be providing Bostonians with a brand-new neighborhood: Suffolk Downs.

The History of Suffolk Downs

Suffolk Downs has been a part of the Boston community since 1935 when it first opened as a Thoroughbred race track. While the 10.5-million square foot property was not a place to live or work, it was a popular gathering place where Bostonians could watch famous horses like Seabiscuit, Whirlaway, and Cigar compete.

The race track has had a checkered history, with a closure in the 1980s, a reopening in the 90s, and a brief attempt to open a casino on the property in the 2010s. But in 2019, Suffolk Downs held their final season of live racing. Then, they handed the reins over to HYM Investment group, who plan to transform the land into a mixed-use neighborhood.

Built for the Future

The new Suffolk Downs will be a place to work, shop, play, and live. The land, which has long been disconnected from the community (outside of race days), will be reintegrated into Boston, with two stops on the MBTA’s Blue Line helping residents connect with the rest of the city.

The development will feature a variety of properties, from neighborhood retail and housing, to innovation centers and parks – all connected by walkable sidewalks and bike paths. The developers plan on erecting two retail squares (one at each Blue Line station), so residents and businesses have access to shops, pharmacies, and entertainment venues.

But perhaps most importantly, Suffolk Downs is dedicated to sustainability. The developers have adopted forward-thinking strategies to address the potential impacts of climate change (such as rising sea levels). Structures will feature “green design,” and developers will aim to create a resilient and sustainable environment that will last for years to come.

The Suffolk Downs redevelopment group is run by HYM Investment Group, headed by Thomas N. O’Brien (managing director), Paul Crisalli (director of operations), and Douglas J. Manz (director of development).


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