Baker says North End project a win for Boston

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BOSTON – Praising it as the “ultimate win” for Boston, Gov. Charlie Baker joined officials Thursday to break ground on a project that will create 239  units of affordable housing, a parking garage and a 220-room hotel near TD Boston Garden on Causeway Street.

“One of the most important elements here is that we’re here to celebrate something that doesn’t happen that often, or often enough in Boston or the commonwealth, which is to celebrate the start of a construction project to put substantial housing development in the heart of the city at a price that working people can afford. That is the ultimate win, win, win,” Baker said at the ceremonial kick-off of construction on the project.

The $230 million, 14-story mixed-use development at Causeway and Beverly streets will include a 220-space garage, 10,000 square feet of retail space and a Courtyard Marriott, according to real estate firm Related Beal, which spearheaded the project.

Baker was joined by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Chrystal Kornegay, the state undersecretary for housing and community development, as well as the heads of Related Beal and Turnberry Associates, which partnered on the hotel portion of the project.

“The first reason I love this project is because it’s a mixed-income project,” Kornegay said. “In this project the cook and the security guards’ families get to live next to the nurse and the pharmacists families and that actually means a much richer environment for those young people to grow up in and able to build social capital across different kinds of income bands.”

Walsh touted the project as helping to strengthen the neighborhood as well as helping the city reach a housing goal of providing 44,000 new affordable housing units by 2030.

The project is expected to be completed in 2018.

Written by Antonio Caban