Update on Suffolk Downs Redevelopment

Last night, after six hours of public testimony, the Boston Planning and Development Agency approved HYM’s Suffolk Downs Development. I am deeply grateful to everyone who participated in meetings, made calls, wrote their elected officials, and shared their concerns throughout the last three years of community feedback and negotiations.

As your State Representative, I have worked hard to amplify your voices and make sure that Suffolk Downs benefits our community, not just out-of-state investors. I am thankful to my colleagues, Councilor Edwards and Senator Boncore, for their steadfast partnership in these negotiations. As a result, East Boston achieved some important wins in this agreement, including additional investments in affordable housing, public transportation, and the environment.

Like you, I am also concerned about what Suffolk Downs will mean for our community. While this project was approved, our work is not over. Now we must ensure that the commitments made to the community are fulfilled and expanded upon.

As we continue in this process, I am committed to stand by Eastie residents, to hear your concerns, and advocate for your priorities. We are building a new neighborhood, and together we must ensure that the future of Suffolk Downs is the future that we want for East Boston.

Read my full statement here.