Haymarket station planned to remain open during garage demolition, construction

“We are not planning to shut down the Haymarket MBTA station, but construction elements may affect specific head house entrances or exits.”

A rendering of the Government Center garage redevelopment project.
A rendering of the Government Center garage redevelopment project. –Courtesy of HYM Investment Group

As demolition of the Government Center garage continues, the developer of the new mixed-use project planned to take its place says Haymarket station shouldn’t have to be completely shut down during construction.

The transformative Bulfinch Crossing project includes taking down the Government Center garage, a process that has already begun and should, by December, extend to the part of the garage just above Haymarket’s subway station and bus stop, according to a statement from Thomas O’Brien, founding partner and managing director of The HYM Investment Group.

Haymarket station, which sits at 136 Blackstone St., serves the Orange Line, as well as Green Line branches C and E. It also is a stop for eight different bus lines. HYM is working with the MBTA and the city to devise a plan for temporary bus stops; the T is also examining possible service impacts, according to O’Brien. 

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In the past, there had been talk of a “temporary closure” of Haymarket during construction, as well as having to change bus routes.

“We will also work with the MBTA to ensure there is sufficient notice, signage and time for the public to prepare for any temporary impacts on bus or train service, and to minimize any disruptions in service,” he said. “We are not planning to shut down the Haymarket MBTA station, but construction elements may affect specific head house entrances or exits.”

When complete, Bulfinch Crossing will have completely changed a 4.8-acre swath of downtown Boston, divided into two separate parcels or city blocks.

The project proposes 800-plus residential spaces, 1,160 parking spaces, 200 hotel rooms, 82,500 square feet of retail, 1.15 square feet of offices, and a rooftop garden, according to the project website.

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