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Delaware North, Boston Properties break ground on development project

BOSTON — Officials from Delaware North, Boston Properties, Boston political leaders and more than 200 community members celebrated the official groundbreaking of a major development – The Hub on Causeway – at a Jan. 27 ceremony on the site of the former Boston Garden.
Delaware North and Boston Properties entered a partnership to develop more than 1.6 million square jacobsfamily_groundbreaking_hub_360-7170132feet of mixed-use retail, office space, hotel, residential and an expansion of Delaware North-owned-and-operated TD Garden on the 2.5-acre site. This transit-oriented development is a significant investment that will bring substantial improvements to North Station, will create major economic impact for the area and strengthen the viability of this important district within the city limits of Boston.
“Delaware North is proud to partner with Boston Properties and the City of Boston on this transformational project,” said Delaware North Chairman Jeremy Jacobs, also owner of the Boston Bruins. “The Hub on Causeway is the kind of transit-oriented development that we have always envisioned for the people living in this community, fans coming to the TD Garden, and commuters utilizing North Station. The project will change the landscape of Boston and will improve the quality of life for the residents in this neighborhood, and we’re proud to be leading that vision.”
The Hub on Causeway will be constructed in three phases. Phase I, which is expected to take three years to complete, will consist of the following:

  • 210,000 square feet of multi-level retail/restaurant space, including the city of Boston's largest supermarket, a 60,000-square-foot Star Market, and the Northeast’s first ArcLight Cinema, ArcLight Boston, a 60,000-square-foot theater with 15 screens;
  • 10,000 square feet of outdoor space for a new entrance to TD Garden and North Station;
  • 540 spaces of below-grade parking that will be connected to the existing North Station garage;
  • 64,000 square feet of expansion space for TD Garden on floors 3-9;
  • And 175,000 square feet of creative office space.
  • [All square footage numbers are approximate.]

Upon completion of Phase I, there will be a covered, underground connection from the commuter rail to the subway at North Station, a new entrance to North Station via Causeway Street, and the public realm on Causeway Street will be complete.  
Phase II:

  • Residential tower including approximately 440 units in a 38-story tower.
  • Hotel featuring approximately 260 rooms in a 10-story tower.

Phase III:

  • Office tower featuring approximately 525,000 square feet of space in a 21-story tower.

“We are extremely proud to break ground on The Hub on Causeway – a project that will bridge the North End and the West End,” said Charlie Jacobs, CEO of Delaware North’s Boston Holdings. “The extensive planning process has truly been a city and community collaboration as we worked together to identify the needs of the surrounding neighborhoods. The effort to bring a supermarket to the area is finally complete, and we are thrilled to have Star Market as our first tenant. At project completion, the development will provide numerous best-in-class retail and dining options, centered by a dynamic, breathtaking front-door entrance to TD Garden and North Station.”
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh was among the city’s political leaders on hand.
“The Hub on Causeway will be a great addition to the West End neighborhood, bringing thousands of jobs and a much-needed vibrancy to the area,” Walsh said. “This development will have a transformative effect on the neighborhood – with housing, office space, a hotel, supermarket, retail and restaurant space being added. I thank all partners involved for their commitment to this project, and I look forward to seeing it through to the finish line.”

PHOTO CAPTION: The Jacobs family leadership of Delaware North breaks ground on a major development in Boston. From left, Co-CEO Jerry Jacobs Jr., Chairman Jeremy Jacobs, CEO of Delaware North’s Boston Holdings Charlie Jacobs and Co-CEO Lou Jacobs.