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Hub on Causeway makes big splash at TD Garden

A new CitizenM hotel is among the mixed-use development that gives TD Garden a new main plaza entrance.
Photo: Billie Weiss / TD Garden
A new CitizenM hotel is among the mixed-use development that gives TD Garden a new main plaza entrance.
Photo: Billie Weiss / TD Garden
A new CitizenM hotel is among the mixed-use development that gives TD Garden a new main plaza entrance.
Photo: Billie Weiss / TD Garden

The transformation of TD Garden in Boston continues with the grand opening of The Hub on Causeway, a $1.2 billion mixed-use project that fronts the arena.

 

The 1.5 million-square-foot, privately funded project is a joint venture between Delaware North and Boston Properties. It attaches to TD Garden and was built on the site of the old Boston Garden. While some features made their debut earlier, The Hub on Causeway’s official opening for the project’s first two phases was held on Nov. 6. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by 2021.

The Hub on Causeway features mixed-use retail, office, hotel and residential space, as well as a $100 million expansion of TD Garden that adds 64,000 square feet of space to the facility. Gensler is the architect of the project, and John Moriarty & Associates is general contractor.

Photo: Billie Weiss / TD Garden
Photo: Billie Weiss / TD Garden
Photo: Billie Weiss / TD Garden

When fully completed, The Hub on Causeway will include a 630,000-square-foot, 31-story office tower; a 440-unit residential building; a movie theater; 250,000 square feet of retail space, including a food hall for 18 local restaurants; and a 1,500-seat concert venue. The 2.5-acre site already has a hotel, two-story sports bar and restaurant, a 60,000-square-foot grocery store, and an official team store for the Bruins and Celtics.

“If you are going to an event in our building, our hope is you come early, have dinner or a few drinks and seamlessly enter the building,” said Charlie Jacobs, CEO of Delaware North’s Boston Holdings and alternate governor of the Boston Bruins.

The project began in 2016 with the first phase, which gave TD Garden a new main plaza entrance with 10,000 square feet of outdoor space, a sharp departure from the old main entrance to the building.

The Hub on Causeway comes as arenas continually look to drive commercial and retail development around facilities, creating a work, sleep and play approach. Other recent examples include the areas around Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee and the new Chase Center in San Francisco.

“It’s a phenomenon that is popping up across North America,” Jacobs said. “In terms of what it has done for our building, we are still feeling the effects and benefits of the transformation as different parts come online.”