As one of the last acts during the Menino administration, the Boston Redevelopment Authority approved a massive development project on the doorstep of the TD Garden sports arena. As Bostons longest serving Mayor, Menino played an active role in the BRA and worked hard to advocate for projects that he personally approved. This development was one of the last major projects that his administration had been working to get approval for.
The development is expected to cost up to 1 billion dollars and consists of three high-rise buildings that will transform the skyline of Bostons West End neighborhood. The tallest building will be 600 feet, which will make it the tallest building in central Boston. According to the Boston Business Journal, the development will create over 1.7 million square feet, which will include a 20-story hotel, a 25-story office tower and the 600-foot residential building equipped with 500 units and up to 376,000 square feet of retail space.
The centerpiece of the project will be a covered boulevard for pedestrians that will serve as the main entrance to the sports arena. This entrance will be adorned with restaurants and shops and will serve as a shrine, highlighting the success and accomplishments of the Boston Celtics and the Bruins.
Currently, the area in front of the TD Garden where the project is to be built, is a fenced parking lot that separates the Garden from the sports bars and restaurants on surrounding streets. Also, the current main entrance to the Garden is located around the side of the complex and has been criticized by some as too boring for a building that has otherwise been praised for its architectural design. The new development will transform the area around the Garden and will help better integrate the sports arena into the neighborhood.
Nick Lattarulo for Bostonia Properties