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UMass’ Bayside Expo Center site sale imminent

Dorchester parcel expected to host major tech/life sciences campus just off Red Line

Demolition of the Bayside Expo Center in 2016.
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The University of Massachusetts-Boston plans to select a developer for its 20-acre Bayside Expo Center site just east of the JFK/UMass stop on the busy, busy Red Line in Dorchester.

Recall that the site was at different points supposed to host a soccer stadium for the New England Revolution and the athletes village for the 2024 Summer Olympics. Both of those plans came and went, of course—hence the sale now.

That sale is expected to produce a project that UMass officials described recently to the Globe’s Tim Logan as “something like a mini Kendall Square—a bustling business district that will bring big-name companies to the university’s doorstep while pumping much-needed cash into its coffers.”

Though their names are unknown, the short list of finalists is said to include notable local developers as well as national firms specializing in life sciences and technology campuses.

Whatever happens, a development is expected to be a major windfall for UMass-Boston, generating hundreds of millions of dollars for the school. Stay tuned.