City of Revere Amazon Proposal

Brian Arrigo, Mayor

The City of Revere worked with the City of Boston to present a comprehensive response to Amazon in their search for HQ2 -- a second headquarters site. Mayors Brian Arrigo and Marty Walsh show how Suffolk Downs presents an unparalleled opportunity to bring HQ2 to Massachusetts.


For decades, Revere’s economy was based on the Suffolk Downs horse track and Wonderland dog track. We now have a transformative opportunity in Revere as we look to turn from a 20th century, racetrack-focused economy, to a 21st century economy filled with promise. With Council support, my administration has rezoned the NECCO site to be the home of robotics, advanced manufacturing and life sciences.

“ [We] worked closely with city officials to get the property rezoned in a matter of weeks for research, advanced manufacturing, robotics and e-commerce....Revere is clearly an exciting, progressive and
business-friendly community.”

— Joseph Zink, President, Atlantic Management, James Vitas, Managing Member, VMD Companies

Suffolk Downs holds the potential to be the next step in our City’s transition. Make no mistake: We hope it’s Amazon, but this isn’t an all in bet. We aren’t putting all our eggs in one basket. Regardless of Amazon’s decision, bringing new life to Suffolk Downs will be part of our city’s future success.

This site more than meets Amazon’s stated requirements -- including its proximity to a major airport and downtown sector, its accessibility by mass transit, the availability of a highly skilled workforce, an attractive quality of life and the ability to accommodate all of the required phases to create 8 million square feet of commercial development.

The Proposal


The proposal highlights many of the key assets the Greater Boston area presents to Amazon.

Specifically, related to Revere, the proposal shows the benefits that Suffolk Downs holds:

  • 161 acres of contiguous, shovel-ready, single-ownership land.
  • 5 minutes to the airport, 10 to downtown Boston, 20 to the greatest colleges and universities in the world.
  • 2 MBTA stops on the edge of the site, with easy access from there to I90, I93 and Route 1.
  • $812 Million in potential transportation infrastructure investments, including Route 1A improvements, a Wonderland commuter rail station, and a Red-Blue Line Connector.
  • 2 potential options for a Phase 1, 500,000 square foot development for Amazon, including 1 next to Beachmont Station.
  • 8 million square feet Amazon office space, as part of a mixed use development which includes 5 hotels, 550,000 square feet of retail and civic spaces, 40 acres of open space, incubator space and more.
  • 50,000 jobs.
  • Expandability for commercial development in the Greater Boston Area, including at Wonderland, the NECCO site, and of course several large opportunities in Boston itself.
  • Revere, East Boston and the Metro North’s benefits in terms of housing affordability for Amazon’s workforce.

Endorser's Letter