Boston Olympics, Round 2.0
Organizers are pushing a message of neighborhood-building to win support for the 2024 Summer Games.
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.”
A new rendering depicts what Olympic Boulevard might look like during the 2024 Summer Games.
Boston 2024 bid documents show artist renderings of Olympic sites, among them this one of the proposed Olympic Stadium at Widett Circle.