The Boston Garden Project was presented at a Monday night community meeting, sponsored by the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) and the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC). The above video shows the presentation and discussion, recorded on September 16, 2013 at the Nazzaro Community Center in Boston’s North End.
Boston Properties and Delaware North Companies reviewed their plans for a three tower mixed-use complex in front of the Boston Garden along Causeway Street. The proposed project includes a 600-foot high residential tower with 500 units, an office tower and a 306-room hotel, all sitting on a four-story podium of retail shops and possibly a supermarket. The project is one of several large development projects that will transform the Haymarket, North Station and West End areas.
The 2-hour meeting included a comprehensive review of the developer’s plans with an architectural design presentation. A lengthy and sometimes contentious comment period raised community concerns about height, traffic congestion, lack of open space and environmental impacts. A recurring comment was the cumulative impact of the Boston Garden project along with several other ongoing developments amid deteriorating surrounding public infrastructure, including the Charlestown Bridge, stressed public transportation hubs and general roadway traffic limitations.
The Project owners filed an Expanded Project Notification Form with the Boston Redevelopment Authority that is subject to a public comment period through October 24, 2013. Public comments can be submitted to the BRA via email to John.Fitzgerald.Bra@CityofBoston.gov. The BRA website has the official document filings (very large PDF file).
The Boston Garden Project is shown as #3 in the following map of area development projects, courtesy of NEWRA that recently reviewed potential impacts as a result of the surge in construction around the neighborhood.