Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria speaks to the Joint Economic Development Committee on Tuesday, April 2, 2024 in support of a bill that would open up an Everett parcel for construction of a pro soccer stadium. Photo by Sam Doran | State House News Service

It’s game on as Boston and Everett officials squared off on Beacon Hill yesterday over a much-debated soccer stadium proposed for the site of an old power plant on the banks of the Mystic River.

The hearing before the state legislature’s Joint Economic Development Committee also gave us our first – albeit probably entirely notional – glimpse at what a final development might look like.

So who won this first match? Hard to say. One of the two committee co-chairs, state Sen. Barry Finegold, came away saying there’s “a strong case made to move the bill forward.” But his House counterpart, state Rep. Jerry Parisella, specifically said the legislation needed to move the stadium forward may be adjusted to give Boston officials a voice in the development, something they’ve repeatedly said they lack.

Boston officials testifying at the State House warned the project could create a “nightmare for traffic” since there’s currently no plan for high-capacity mass transit to the site that could realistically accommodate the venue’s planned 25,000 spectators. The only thing on the table right now is a bus rapid transit corridor to accommodate an extension of the SL3 line and Everett’s over-burdened local buses.

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The B&T Daily: April 3, 2024

by Cassidy Norton time to read: 2 min