Suffolk Downs is committed to continuing its proud tradition of Thoroughbred racing and we're especially looking forward to the start of a new season on May 3. As it has been in the news recently, I wanted to update everyone on our proposal to relocate the barn area and maintenance facilities to the Boston side of Suffolk Downs' property.
We initially met with our neighbors on Waldemar Ave to talk about this in January, explaining that because Mohegan Sun’s proposal to develop a world-class resort casino in Revere would utilize much of our existing barn area, we are looking seriously at the option of moving the stabling for our horses to the Boston side of the property.
In an effort to create the least impact to our neighbors, the project would be limited to the north side of the property closest to Revere. It would include putting up to 740 stalls on the first and second floor of the existing grandstand, three 42-stall barns between the grandstand and the Mohegan Sun project, along with a maintenance shed and a receiving/test barn. All of this would be beautified with walk ways, paddock fencing, plantings and green areas.
An unexpected benefit to this project will be decreasing the amount of “process water” generated by Suffolk Downs, by reducing outdoor areas in which horses are stabled from 15.2 acres in our current operation to 2.9 acres in the new plan.
Today, the majority of process water from the current barn area is stored in a holding pond in the infield and then pumped into the Boston water and sewer system. That would continue but the project would reduce the amount of process water discharged into the Boston water and sewer system by approximately 80%.
It is important to note that Mohegan Sun's project is separate from the proposed relocation of the barn area and, if Mohegan Sun earns a gaming license, that development will move ahead on its own whether or not we are able to relocate horse stalls in Boston or to a remote location. Our preference is to keep them here, both to continue the tradition of racing and training on-site and to lessen the potential hardship on the hardworking men and women who take care of the horses here. We are committed to working with our neighbors and with Mayor Walsh's team to do this in a way that works for everyone.
As always, if you have any questions, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.