The Speedway

Boston, MA
Key Elements
  • Historic site 
  • Onsite stormwater recharge system 
  • City of Boston Permitting 

After sitting vacant for years, the historic Charles River Speedway site, a Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) property, was selected to be redeveloped into a place for the community to gather while preserving its historic character. The Architectural Heritage Foundation and the project team worked closely with the DCR and community members on a plan to redevelop the site to anchor the neighborhood and reconnect it to the Charles River. Today, The Speedway is a vibrant destination including eateries, local bars such as Notch Brewing, shopping, and an art gallery. 

Nitsch performed existing conditions survey including property line, utilities, and topography. We designed the utilities and provided permitting assistance with the Boston Water and Sewer Commission, Boston Parks and Recreation Department, Boston Public Works Department, and DCR. Part of our design included large infiltration/recharge system under the patio. We also worked closely with Charles River Watershed Association to see that our drainage design met their expectations because of the close proximity to the Charles River and the onsite stormwater recharge system located near an existing underground gasoline plume. 

Key Collaborators

Owner: Architectural Heritage Foundation, DCR 
Architect: Bruner/Cott & Associates 
Landscape Architect: Klopfer Martin Design Group