Through the Department of Conservation and Recreation's Historic Stewardship Program, AHF responded to a public RFP and was designated as the developer of the Speedway Headquarters in Brighton, MA. The historic Speedway complex, which was once the Superintendent's residence and Metropolitan District Commission's horse stables and police headquarters, features a unique interior courtyard that served a number of functions over the site's history, which dates to 1899. The complex was also the anchor of the one mile loop Speedway track, a horse and buggy path that curved along the Charles River where Soldier's Field Road is today.
Located in North Brighton at the well-traveled junction of Western Avenue, Soldier's Field Road and Market Street, the Speedway Headquarters has been partially vacant and underutilized for many years. AHF is in the planning stages for the rehabilitation of the Speedway into a multi-faceted complex that will include nonprofit office space, restaurant, event, and retail uses. Activating the courtyard of the Speedway building is crucial to this site's successful reuse; under our plan, the courtyard will be reused as a community gathering space as well as transition space between shops, restaurants, and artisan spaces. In order to make the preservation of the Speedway economically feasible, there will be a new construction component located adjacent to the site that will provide owner occupied housing opportunities for multiple income levels. The complex as a whole will be an exciting addition to the thriving Brighton Community, who has long seen this gateway to the neighborhood in a dormant state.