Bos­ton Olympics, Round 2.0

Or­ga­niz­ers are push­ing a mes­sage of neigh­bor­hood-build­ing to win sup­port for the 2024 Sum­mer Games.

Metro USA (Boston) - - FRONT PAGE - SPENCER BUELL @MetroBOS spencer.buell@metro.us

Push­ing a long view of ben­e­fits for Bos­ton, Olympic or­ga­niz­ers on Mon­day re­leased the highly an­tic­i­pated up­dated plans for the city’s $4.6 bil­lion bid for the Sum­mer Games.

Bos­ton 2024, the group charged with plan­ning and pro­mot­ing the Games, are call­ing the re­lease Bid 2.0. It comes amid skep­ti­cism statewide about the cost to taxpayers and im­pact on res­i­dents and calls from Gov. Char­lie Baker for an­swers on fund­ing and plan­ning.

The lengthy doc­u­ments, un­veiled at the Bos­ton Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­ter, fo­cus es­pe­cially on two ma­jor projects in Widett Cir­cle and Columbia Point, span­ning more than 110 acres ex­pected to cost roughly $4 bil­lion, paid for by pri­vate de­vel­op­ers.

In the city, ma­jor plans in­clude a build on Franklin Park for horse jump­ing and dres­sage and im­prove­ments to the ag­ing White Sta­dium.

Or­ga­niz­ers claim the games would end with a $210 mil­lion sur­plus and bring big change for the bet­ter.

“This is go­ing to bring a lot of jobs and a lot of hous­ing and a lot of great things to the re­gion,” Steve Pagli­uca, chair­man of Bos­ton 2024 said Mon­day.

Or­ga­niz­ers have pro­posed de­vel­op­ing Widett Cir­cle, a chunk of the city near South Bos­ton and the South End, for Olympic pur­poses and call­ing it “Midtown.”

Dur­ing a Sum­mer Games in Bos­ton, it would house the Olympic Sta­dium, the mas­sive struc­ture that would house the open­ing cer­e­monies and track and field events.

For the so-called “Ath­letes’ Vil­lage,” which would house Olympic com­peti­tors from around the world, or­ga­niz­ers are eye­ing Columbia Point in Dorch­ester.

Op­po­nents of the Olympics, though, said they were con­cerned about what the lengthy bid doc­u­ments do not say. Not spelled out in bid doc­u­ments is where or­ga­niz­ers would build the bi­cy­cle track known as a “Velo­drome” or where the Sum­mer Games’ aquatic events might be held.

“They’ve had two years now to put to­gether a plan that shows it’s re­spon­si­ble and that it’s well thought out,” said Chris Dempsey, co-chair of No Bos­ton 2024, an anti-Olympics ad­vo­cacy group. “In­stead, what we’re see­ing is ma­jor ques­tions about venues are still unan­swered.”

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A new ren­der­ing de­picts what Olympic Boule­vard might look like dur­ing the 2024 Sum­mer Games.

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Bos­ton 2024 bid doc­u­ments show artist ren­der­ings of Olympic sites, among them this one of the pro­posed Olympic Sta­dium at Widett Cir­cle.

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