Reshaping the Area Around the TD Garden

August 27, 2013
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Reshaping of the Bulfinch Triangle (North Station) is already in full swing with the development of One Canal Project and the Lovejoy construction for a new Converse headquarters and an apartment building on Beverly Street.

Currently, another major development project in the area is moving forward at the parking lot site in front of the TD Garden.

Delaware North, owner of TD Garden, and Boston Properties (Atlantic Wharf developer) have proposed plans calling for two 400 foot towers (28 stories) with mixed use of offices, residential units, a hotel and retail space.

Forming the gateway to North Station the lower levels will include retail and possibly a supermarket which North End, Waterfront and Beacon Hill residents have been seeking for several years.

The supermarket requirements at the One Canal Project were recently lifted. Reportedly the developer made several attempts to secure a company to place a supermarket at the site but they were unsuccessful.

A Large Project Review which includes design and environmental issues is currently underway by the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

The long awaited proposal will develop the vacant site currently used for parking along Causeway Street.

The project will serve as a gateway to Boston for those accessing the City by car from  I-93, or local roadways, public transportation and Amtrak at North Station.

In return, the project’s tenants, residents and visitors will benefit from its adjacency to North Station, providing access throughout Boston using the MBTA Green and Orange lines, the greater Metropolitan area using the commuter rail lines and to New Hampshire and Maine on Amtrak.

The project itself will provide a number of opportunities for visitors to the site and those that live and work at the site and nearby, with approximately 300,000 square feet of retail space from the basement level to the fourth floor.

Causeway Street will be activated by the retail space, as well as a new entrance from Causeway Street into North Station and the TD Garden. Above the retail levels will be a residential building with approximately 500 residential units, a hotel building with approximately 200 rooms and an office building.

While the project is not located in the North End/Waterfront community, the developers have asked the two neighborhood groups, NEWNC and NEWRA to set-up a community meeting to review the project plans.

The meeting has been scheduled for Monday, September 16 at 7pm in the Nazzaro Community Center, 30 North Bennet Street.