An official groundbreaking ceremony ceremony took place on Wednesday, Jan. 27, with officials from Delaware North, Boston Properties, the City of Boston, and the state of Massachusetts.
The Hub on Causeway will feature 1.5 million square feet of mixed-use retail, office, hotel and residential space, as well as an expansion of TD Garden to provide a brand new entrance for fans and commuters.
The 2.5 acre site will also bring substantial improvements to North Station, will create major economic impact for the area, and strengthen the viability of this important district — merging the North End with the West End.
“The Hub on Causeway project has the potential to make this neighborhood one of the most desirable places to live and work in the entire Northeast,” said Boston Bruins Owner and Chairman of Delaware North Jeremy Jacobs.
“We will break ground on a new era of economic growth, and it will stimulate the dynamic transformation for this part of Boston.”
The project will meld the past and present.
“We’re building an infrastructure that’s already here, that’s already working, that has served our city for so long,” said Bryan Coop, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of Boston Properties. “And we’re going to make it a better place. We’re going to unleash this uptown neighborhood into a place that you’ve never seen before.”
“The commerce that will come here will be matching today’s economy. And in the knowledge age, there’s a demand for connectivity — a connectivity in person that only this site can provide.”
“It’s fitting that this new, innovative space is being built on the site of the old Boston Garden,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Where many Bostonians and visitors shared fond memories of the Bruins play their games, the Celtics play, seeing concerts and more.”
“We’re bringing back a much-need vibrancy to this area, to help this area thrive for years to come.”
The first phase of construction is expected to be completed in three years, with an opening in late 2018.
This phase will feature 10,000 square feet of outdoor space being converted into the new entrance for TD Garden and North Station.
It will also consist of approximately 210,000 square feet of multi-level retail and restaurant space, including the city of Boston’s largest supermarket (a 60,00 square foot Star Market) and the Northeast’s first ArcLight Cinema (a 60,000 square foot theater with 15 screens).
Nearly 600 more parking spaces will be added, along with 175,000 square feet of work-loft office space.
“This represents a move towards giving this area a more neighborhood feel, bringing more resources and amenities to the residents in connecting them to this area,” said Mayor Walsh.
In the transformation process, more than 3,800 construction jobs will be created, with more than 4,500 permanent jobs created as a result of the new space.
“We really see this as a transformational building, in that we see it joining the West End and the North End together,” said Charlie Jacobs, CEO of Delaware North’s Boston Holdings.
“We have roughly 50,000 commuters daily that pass through North Station in addition to the 2 million-plus visitors that we have to the TD Garden, so this a high traffic area. It’s a great opportunity to revitalize ourselves above a transportation hub.”
“We’ll also be making additions and improvements to the TD Garden, and I think it’s just a great day. It’s been a long time coming, so today pulls on my heart strings to say we’re finally here, we’ve finally across that threshold and we’re starting construction.”
Phase II of the process will consist of construction being completed on the new residential tower (including approximately 440 units in a 38-story tower) and hotel (which will include approximately 260 rooms in a 10-story tower). Phase III will feature a 21-story office tower being completed, taking up about 525,000 square feet.
“Today is really about the future,” said TD Garden President Amy Latimer. “It’s about this intimate spot, and improvements to the neighborhood and North Station. We’re thrilled to get this project underway.”
The TD Garden recently completed massive renovations within its walls to improve the guest experience.
“I can assure you that our team here at Delaware North and Boston Properties will work tirelessly to make sure this transition is as painless as possible,” said Charlie Jacobs.
“The extent of the planning process has been truly a city and community collaboration.”
Forty years ago, Jeremy Jacobs purchased the Boston Bruins and the old Boston Garden. At that time, he was told he would never be able to build a new facility on the site, that it couldn’t be done.
Just 20 years later, he watched the final steel beam be raised on today’s TD Garden.
“I said, at that press conference, ‘We can predict with confidence that Boston will have a sports and entrainment facility that’s consistent with its world-class image,’” said Jeremy Jacobs. “And that all came through.”
The Hub on Causeway will provide a completely different experience to visitors and residents.
“We’ve aspired [to have this] for a long time, to see it come to fruition,” said Charlie Jacobs. “And now that it has, it’s going to change expectations of event goers throughout the country.”