The promoters of next year’s inaugural Grand Prix of Boston have reached an agreement with residents of an apartment complex located along the proposed circuit, pacifying what had been some of the event’s most strident critics.
Terms of the five-year agreement are confidential, however representatives of the Boston race have confirmed to RACER that the Seaport Lofts Condominium Association has agreed to end its opposition to the event in exchange for a mitigation package.
Two months ago, the residents group had sent a long letter of complaint to Boston mayor Marty Walsh in which they raised concerns about parking, access, noise and other disruptions.
“We’re pleased with this development,” IndyCar CEO Mark Miles told RACER.
“Our promoter has planned the event so as to minimize any disruptions to residents and traffic. The next hurdle is to finalize agreements with the state and other entities whose assets must be incorporated into the event’s operations. With persistence, and cooperation, we see no reason the event should not go on as planned”.
Race organizers are still negotiating with several government agencies. A report by the Boston Globe indicates that deals with Massport, the Department of Transportation, the MBTA and the U.S. Postal Service, all of which control land or infrastructure within the proposed circuit precinct, are close to being finalized.