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City of Boston Hosts Open House at White Stadium as Lawsuit Remains in Progress

By meerna Jul11,2024
City of Boston Hosts Open House at White Stadium as Lawsuit Remains in Progress

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — We invite the public to view the current condition of the White Stadium and familiarize themselves with the plans for the upcoming renovation, which will take place on Thursday.

The City of Boston and Boston Unity Soccer Partners will host an open house at the historic Franklin Park Stadium from 3 to 7 p.m., with live music, face painting, balloon artists and local businesses.

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The two entities are collaborating on a plan to renovate White Stadium into a new facility that will primarily be available to the community, including Boston Public Schools, and will also become home to Boston’s expansion team in the National Women’s Soccer League, owned by Boston Unity Soccer Partners.

“We have an opportunity for everyone to see for themselves what the changes will look like and what the conditions are like now,” said Mayor Michelle Wu, who will attend the open house.

Wu lamented the stadium’s decaying condition and said Boston students deserve better.

“It’s just not what we’re striving for and what we know will unleash the full potential of the incredible talent we have in Boston,” Wu said.

The event comes amid an ongoing lawsuit by neighborhood residents and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy that is blocking the renovation project. The group says the plan would “fundamentally change the character and feel of a significant portion of Franklin Park.”

When asked about the lawsuit against the city and BUSP, Mayor Wu responded, “The judge ruled in a preliminary ruling that the project can proceed while the lawsuit is pending. We felt very comfortable moving forward on that front. We had design meetings, transportation planning meetings, and we are now at the point where the project has received approval from the Landmarks Commission.”

James Rojas from WBZ (@JamesRojasMMJ) reports.

By meerna

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