Suffolk Downs Casino Will Be Greenest in USA

March 6, 2013
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An architectural drawing of the landscape plan for Suffolk Downs’ resort-style casino proposal. Suffolk Downs will pitch its plans to the community tonight at 6 p.m. at Suffolk Downs.

An architectural drawing of the landscape plan for Suffolk Downs’ resort-style casino proposal. Suffolk Downs will pitch its plans to the community tonight at 6 p.m. at Suffolk Downs.

Suffolk Downs owners will pitch their plan to make the resort style casino that they hope to build at the racetrack site  the greenest casino in the nation at a community meeting tonight (Wednesday) in the Topsider Room at Suffolk Downs.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. and hosted by the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Agency (MEPA) at which time Caesars Resort at Suffolk Downs, its landscape architect Sasaki Associates and architect of record Elkus Manfredi will highlight their vision for a resort design that will restore many of the original natural environmental features of the property as part of their overall commitment to sustainable/green design for casino development.

“As we work to set the standard for gaming development in Massachusetts, Caesars Resort at Suffolk Downs aspires to create a new level of excellence in sustainable design for gaming development projects in the U.S.,” said Chief Operating Officer of Suffolk Downs Chip Tuttle. “As we strive for LEED Gold certification, the project will be energy efficient, environmentally sustainable and healthy for our employees and our guests.”

Sasaki’s approach to the proposed landscape design will embrace the history of the project site, its unique location between the waterfronts of Boston and Chelsea, and its transformation over the last 100 years into an active racetrack and clubhouse. In fostering a regenerative approach to the site and landscape design the landscaping plan aims to connect the resort to nature, people and the surrounding environment.

“Our approach to the proposed landscape design embraces the history of the project site, its former natural features, its unique location connecting the waterfronts of Boston and Chelsea, and its transformation over the last 100 years into an active racing and entertainment venue,” said Senior Associate at Sasaki Associates Gautam Sundaram. “In fostering a regenerative approach to the site and landscape design, the Resort connects nature, people and place.”

Please see below a brief narrative and talking points on our approach to the landscape design for the Resort at Suffolk Downs.

According to their plan, Sasaki wants to develop an innovative green infrastructure and pursue sustainable systems by using the landscape for purifying storm water, improving the saline soils, providing opportunities for environmental education and create a aesthetic experience.

The plan will also create a marsh like ecology and connect pedestrians to the Casino and its surroundings. The architect will also create a resort landscape, which embraces the marsh like setting of the site and serves as an amenity- and educational component for the community.

Part of this would be to connect the resort landscape with the overall Greenway system in Eastie.

Recently the community gained access to a small stretch of land from Massport on Logan Airport property so that the neighborhood can finally connect its park system from the waterfront in Jeffries Point to Constitution Beach in Orient Heights. Activists have long hoped to extend the greenway to the areas marshland and other North Shore beach sites like the recently renovated Short Beach in Winthrop

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