Enjoyment and Exploration
The Speedway will be home to a rich mix of tenants and uses, including a brewery and taproom, a full-service restaurant, small-format shops featuring local makers and artisans, food purveyors, social enterprises, and a publicly accessible courtyard to host creative programs and events.
The revitalization of The Speedway will provide unique space for independent businesses and nonprofits, while creating jobs, encouraging entrepreneurship, and showcasing the vitality of the neighborhood’s vibrant and creative community. It will also create a reliable community gathering space for an ever-evolving neighborhood.
Beginning in summer 2020, The Speedway will once again be a launching point from which to enjoy and explore the Charles River. It is being re-developed by the Architectural Heritage Foundation in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Historic Curatorship Program.
Ideally situated as a significant gateway to the vibrant Allston-Brighton neighborhoods and the Charles River’s green spaces.
Located at the well-traveled crossroads of Western Avenue and Arsenal Street at Soldiers Field Road, The Speedway is easily accessible from downtown Boston, Cambridge, Watertown, Newton, and beyond. The site is accessible by multiple bus lines, and a short walk to the Boston Landing Commuter Rail station.
Architectural Heritage Foundation
Founded in 1966, the Architectural Heritage Foundation (AHF) is a not for profit organization dedicated to preserving and reactivating historic properties to stimulate community growth. AHF specializes in advancing stalled preservation projects, helping government agencies, communities, and private sector stakeholders to transform at risk historic real estate into economic and cultural assets. For more information, please visit ahfboston.com.
Department of Conservation & Recreation
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), an agency of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, oversees 450,000 acres of parks and forests, beaches, bike trails, watersheds, dams, and parkways. Led by Interim Commissioner Jim Montgomery, the agency’s mission is to protect, promote, and enhance our common wealth of natural, cultural, and recreational resources. To learn more about DCR, its facilities, and its programs, please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit mass.gov/dcr.
Historic Curatorship Program
AHF is proud to be participating in DCR’s Historic Curatorship Program to make The Speedway project possible. Under this unique program, DCR partners with the private sector to rehabilitate, manage, and maintain historic properties in return for a long-term lease. The reuse of these significant properties must be compatible with the surrounding community while enhancing the visitor’s experience of the public resource. The Historic Curatorship Program helps preserve and restore state-owned properties of significant historic value throughout Massachusetts that, without direct public funding, otherwise would fall prey to the elements and vandalism.