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MBTA New Locomotive, South Station, February 7, 2011MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey and New Balance Chairman James S. Davis today announced agreement in a co-signed Letter of Intent to build a new Worcester Line commuter rail station at Everett Street in Brighton.

The station, called New Brighton Landing, will serve the general public in the Allston-Brighton area of Boston and New Balance’s New Brighton Landing development including a New Balance world headquarters, additional office building, hotel, sports complex, and retail space.

As part of the agreement, New Balance will fund all permitting, design, and construction costs for the station and fund annual maintenance costs.  The New Brighton Landing development and new commuter rail station will create approximately 3,000 permanent jobs in addition to 400 full-time construction jobs.

The new commuter rail station at Everett Street will serve the public in the Allston-Brighton area, including 550 New Balance Athletic Shoe employees, 550 employees of nearby WGBH, and additional Brighton Landing tenant employees.

MassDOT in 2009 identified the Everett Street location as one of two preferred locations for a new commuter rail station in the area as part of the legislatively-mandated Allston Multi-Modal Station Study.

The New Brighton Landing station will be designed according to all MassDOT and MBTA station requirements and constructed using a management plan approved by MassDOT and all federal, state, and local agencies. 

The New Balance New Brighton Landing development located on 14 acres along Guest Street in Brighton adjacent to the current New Balance property will include:

    * 250,000 square foot office building serving as New Balance World Headquarters;
    * 650,000 square foot office building(s);
    * 140,000 square foot hotel with approximately 175 guest rooms;
    * 345,000 square foot sports facility with health and wellness facilities, track and field venue, and hockey rink;
    * 65,000 square feet of retail, restaurant, and service space;
    * Approximately 1,750 parking spaces.

MassDOT and New Balance will now proceed with a Memorandum of Agreement that specifies in detail the commitments of each party in designing and building the commuter rail station.  A date for beginning of station construction has yet to be identified.

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