Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sports Bar, Bowling Alley Part of Development Plans for Former Boston Garden Site

The first phase of a project that would bring new development to the old Boston Garden space has cleared a big hurdle, and the plans include a massive sports bar along with a bowling alley.

The Boston Business Journal is reporting that the Boston Civic Design Commission has given approval for a multi-level podium called "Champions Row" at the site of the old Garden (and currently, a parking lot) on Causeway Street next to North Station. The article says that the podium would have 2.8 acres of space and would include a 20,000-square-foot sports bar with room for 500, a bowling alley, and other businesses such as a Star Market, a movie theater, and additional space for retail. No specific details have been given for who might be behind the sports bar or bowling alley--and while the blueprint for the project shows the logo for the latter being similar to that of Strike Rock N' Bowl in Niagara Falls, NY, there is no indication at this point in time that that place would be opening within the development.

Boston Properties is behind the mixed-use project, which is also slated to have both a residential tower and an office tower along with a hotel and a parking garage.

[January 27, 2016 update: According to a Twitter post from @ConciergeBoston, construction has begun on the new project next to North Station that will include a multi-level podium with a sports bar, bowling alley, grocery store, and more. (The post says that the name of the project is "The Hub on Causeway.")]

[January 28, 2016 update: The Boston Herald states that Big Night Entertainment and concert promoter Don Law are teaming up with the plan being to open an entertainment complex within the upcoming development at the former Boston Garden site. The article says that the aforementioned bowling alley would be a part of the complex, along with a restaurant, nightclub, and venue for live concerts. (It is not known if the sports bar mentioned earlier would be part of it.)]

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