From Architecture Boston – “Shifting Gears: The historic Speedway complex—hidden in plain sight along the Charles River—gets set for a reawakening”

If winter is cold and dark, at least snowdrops and the promise of spring give us hope and hint of new life. The cycles of change—to cities and the natural world—can remind us that places have souls to lose. Emotions may be mixed. There is a quiet richness to the reworking of existing buildings that has crept into the psyche of the design professions as they resurrect past aesthetics, juxtaposed against new imageries and an overturning of previous uses. Those cycles of change reel from catastrophic to delicately nuanced, and architects try to counter one and orchestrate the other.

From Curbed Boston – “Brighton’s Speedway project sets a date for groundbreaking”

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…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.

From NBC Boston – “Notch Brewing to Open Second Taproom and Brewery in Brighton”

A Massachusetts brewing company will be opening its second taproom and brewery in Brighton. Salem-based Notch Brewing will be the anchor tenant of the Charles River Speedway in the summer of 2020… The Charles River Speedway complex is a collaborative effort by the Architectural Heritage Foundation the Department of Conservation and Recreation to rehabilitate the old racetrack that once stood on Western Avenue.

From Boston Magazine – “Notch Will Open a Second Brewery, Taproom, and Beer Garden in Brighton”

Hidden in plain sight along the fast-changing Western Avenue corridor of Brighton is a portal to Bavaria—or maybe Bohemia. A second Notch brewery, taproom, and Charles River parklands-adjacent biergarten is coming to Brighton in 2020, as part of a historic revitalization effort of the Charles River Speedway headquarters. Notch will anchor the 17,000-square foot site at 525 Western Ave., which will also be home to new, small-scale shops and food purveyors, a full-scale restaurant, non-profit and creative office space, and an events space.

From The Salem News – “Notch to open second taproom in Brighton”

SALEM — Notch Brewing is opening a second location in Brighton. The Salem-based brewer announced Tuesday plans to open a brewery, taproom and year-round biergarten at the Charles River Speedway Headquarters site next summer.

Notch will be the anchor tenant of The Speedway, a collaborative development spearheaded by the preservation group Architectural Heritage Foundation and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.

From Eater Boston – “Salem’s Notch Brewing to Expand to a Forthcoming Brighton Food Hall”

As Harvard continues to take over Lower Allston, more change is in store a bit further down the river at the former Charles River Speedway Headquarters administration buildings in Brighton. The historic buildings will undergo renovations in the coming months, becoming home to a project called the Speedway, meant to be a destination for dining, shopping, and drinking, the Speedway team announced today.

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