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November 15, 2019

Gensler-Designed Project Sets Benchmark for Mixed-Use, Transit-Oriented Development

BOSTON, MA (November 15, 2019) – Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined Boston Properties, Delaware North and members of the design and construction team at a November 6th ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the latest phase of The Hub on Causeway, the 1.9 million-square-feet mixed-use development on the site of the original Boston Garden.

Designed by Gensler, the global architecture, design and planning firm, the transformative mixed-use project provides Boston with a new community hub, gateway, and neighborhood destination. An ambitious mix comprised of retail, hotel, office and residential creates a live, work, play and lifestyle destination, seamlessly connected with the existing local and regional transportation (North Station/MBTA) and marquee entertainment destination (TD Garden).

Tenants include citizenM hotel, Big Night Live, ArcLight Cinema, the city’s largest Star Market grocery, Hub Hall food hall featuring local eateries and food vendors, and a 38-story residential tower called Hub50House. The next phase of the project is a 31-story office tower, expected to be completed in 2021. Verizon has taken a long-term lease on a mixed-use tower to create a 450,00-square-foot technology-based workplace.

“We are privileged to partner with Boston Properties and Delaware North on a truly extraordinary achievement. The Hub on Causeway has catalyzed the revitalization of the North Station neighborhood and brings together a dynamic mix of entertainment, hospitality and community to the hallowed ground of the old Boston Garden,” says JF Finn, Principal, Gensler.

Contextual Urban Hybrid

Conceived as a new urban destination, the vertically integrated complex includes entertainment, specialty retailers, high-concept dining, and loft-style work space. The residential and office towers rising on either side of the podium offer unobstructed and unparalleled views of the metropolitan region.

Design for the podium is inspired by the neighborhood’s industrial roots. Reminiscent of the district’s original railways, the steel and glass structure establishes a strong, expressive framework for the robust program it supports.

At the heart of the space is ‘The Hub’, a 200-foot-long, 100-foot-high retail gallery that connects North Station and TD Garden to Causeway Street. Constructed of steel and glass, the monumental urban space brings together commuters, tenants, residents, tourists, and event-goers. As both a gateway and connector, the arcade is activated on the edges with restaurants, markets, and shops, encouraging social exchange and pedestrian flow into this condensed city within a city.

New Life for a Legendary Site

The original Boston Garden was built in 1928 in the heart of the historic Bulfinch Triangle District in the city’s West End neighborhood. It was demolished in 1998, three years after the completion of a new arena – now called TD Garden – was built on adjacent land. For 20 years, the site of the old Garden –hallowed ground for fans of the Bruins and the Celtics – sat vacant, sapping the area’s vitality despite the crowds.

Boston Properties and Delaware North partnered with the goal of reviving the legendary site. Building on the revitalization catalyzed by the demolition of I-93 (the “Big Dig”) and construction of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the Hub on Causeway succeeds in transforming the once gritty neighborhood into a vibrant, connected, 24/7 neighborhood.

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