The feisty local tabloid is quite the frontrunner in today’s edition.
Historic barns may stall bid
Possible hitch in Suffolk’s casino plan
Rows of decrepit, manure-strewn racehorse barns could pull the reins on Suffolk Downs’ casino dreams, after the Massachusetts Historic Commission threw up a roadblock on their proposed demolition in a landmark claim development experts say could be costly and time-consuming at best — and a project-killer at worst.
Suffolk Downs wants to demolish 30 wood-frame horse stables and a pony barn on the Revere side of the track to make way for the casino. It plans to move the barns to the East Boston side of the track, where the art deco clubhouse, grandstand and racetrack are located, all of which were built in 1935 and are listed in a state inventory of historic landmarks.
Not so fast, pony boys.
Commission director Brona Simon sent a letter to state environmental secretary Richard Sullivan saying her staff has “determined that the proposed demolition and new construction will have an ‘adverse effect’ … on the historic Suffolk Downs through the demolition of all or part of the property and the introduction of visual elements that are out of character with and will alter the setting of the property.”
Translation: We just opened the family-size can of worms.
Crosstown, meanwhile, the story failed to place or show in the Boston Globe.
No high horse for the Globeniks today, eh?