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10,000-unit Suffolk Downs, largest development in Boston history, approved

Posted On: Sep 25, 2020   |   Posted By: Boston Herald

The largest private development project in Boston's history now has the green light.
The Boston Planning & Development Agency's board approved the redevelopment of the 161-acre Suffolk Downs racetrack site, giving the go-ahead after midnight today to a two-decade-long project that will add 10,000 apartments and condos to the area.
HYM Investment Group President Thomas O'Brien touted the millions in community contributions that his company will make and the environmental mitigations included as part of the 16 million-square-foot project.
“We want to create a site where everyone is welcome,” said O'Brien - a former head of the Boston Redevelopment Agency, the predecessor to the BPDA.
Boston City Councilor Lydia Edwards, who represents the area, spoke in favor of the proposal, saying her negotiations with HYM had gone up through “5:05 this evening” over concerns she had.
“I haven't heard anyone actually say that they don't want this to happen,” Edwards said, saying that despite concerns, it's a huge opportunity...

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