It’s November 2019. The ceremonial oversized scissors cut the oversized ribbon. The crowd cheers under showers of confetti, celebrating the completion of phases one and two of The Hub on Causeway, the mixed-use development adjacent to TD Garden in Boston. Who could predict just four months later COVID-19 would shut it all down?
Fast-forward 12 months, and there’s blood flowing again through the live event industry. Starting the week of March 22, TD Garden is eligible to reopen its doors to fans again at 12% capacity, representing another step closer to mass gatherings again in the arena, and also in the bars, in the restaurants, in the movie theater, in the music venue, in the TopGolf. The Hub on Causeway is alive and well.
The heart of the hub is TD Garden, but it’s so much more than basketball, hockey, and concerts. The Hub on Causeway is a modern urban village.
Delaware North, owner and operator of TD Garden, in partnership with Boston Properties, developed over 1.5 million square feet across the 2.5-acre site of the former Boston Garden. The Hub on Causeway is a transit-oriented development inclusive of retail, office spaces, hotel rooms, residential apartments, and the largest grocery store in Boston, as well as a revitalization of city’s iconic North Station which services over 50,000 commuters every day.
Other signature elements include: Big Night Live (a 1,500-person concert venue), Guy Fieri’s Tequila Cocina (a 6,000-square-foot Latin American-inspired restaurant), citizenM hotel (a 270-room European-inspired hotel), Hub50House (a 38-story residential tower with 440 luxury units), and over 10,000 square feet of outdoor space serving as the new entrance to TD Garden and North Station.
“We finally have a front door,” says Amy Latimer, President of TD Garden and recipient of the ALSD 2021 Visionary Award. “We’ve never had a front door for 20-plus years. Now we have this grand entrance.”
A third and final phase of construction is expected to be completed later in 2021. The jewel of Phase III is a 630,000-square-foot, 31-story office tower, 17 floors of which will be occupied by anchor tenant Verizon.
Delaware North has its fingerprints all over The Hub on Causeway, including at Hub Hall, a food hall showcasing 18 local eateries and food vendors, and Banners Kitchen & Tap, an immersive two-story restaurant and bar featuring upscale tavern cuisine.
“Banners is giant. It’s better than a sports bar,” Latimer says. “It has the largest screen in New England and a TopGolf Swing Suite located inside. It’s a place on gameday to come early and visit all of those different locations. And even on non-gamedays, there’ll be a lot of energy and a lot of good things to do there.
“We got it open, then covid hit, so we didn’t get too far, but I can’t wait for it to be fully utilized.”
A mixed-use development was always a part of the vision for the TD Garden neighborhood, dating back to when the building opened as the FleetCenter in 1995 and before entertainment districts were in vogue. After a few false starts and economic downturns, the vision is now a reality.
“It was always the idea to have this,” says Latimer. “We would’ve been the first to have a mixed-use development. And finally, we found a great partner with Boston Properties and brought it to life. It’s changed the neighborhood. It livened up that whole area.”
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