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Brighton’s Speedway project sets a date for groundbreaking

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The redevelopment of the old racetrack at Western Avenue and Soldiers Field Road will include a Notch Brewery outpost

An aerial view of a multibuilding rendering of a brewery and common areas, and it’s all beside a major highway. Renderings via Bruner Cott

The backers of a redevelopment of the long-shuttered Charles River Speedway at Western Avenue and Soldiers Field Road in Brighton plan to formally break ground on October 24.

The most prominent feature of the multifaceted project—dubbed the Speedway—will be an outpost of the Salem-based Notch Brewery, including a taproom.

Altogether, the Speedway is expected to have 17,000 square feet for smaller retailers, artisans, food vendors, and one full-service restaurant. The square-footage is also expected to host event and community space. All of this is due to center around an 8,000-square-foot courtyard with seating

The nonprofit Architectural Heritage Foundation (AHF) is overseeing the project, which is expected to be done in time for a summer 2020 opening. Construction started this month, and available retail spots of 250 square feet to 5,000 square feet are available.

AHF worked with the the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation to advance the redevelopment under a state program that promotes the rehabilitation of historic sites in return for a longterm lease.

Rendering of people sitting at tables in an open courtyard.

“AHF is thrilled to rehabilitate the historic Charles River Speedway buildings into a revitalized destination to enjoy local fare, drink, craft, and community,” AHF President Sean McDonnell said in a statement. “We’re excited to partner with Notch to create a brewery and open-air taproom along the Charles River.”

The bicycle- and harness-racing speedway opened in 1899, and survived as an attraction into the 1960s. The site later hosted the multi-building headquarters of the Charles River Reservation.