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Arsenal Yards
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Address 485 Arsenal Street, Watertown, Massachusetts
Opening date Expected completion in 2021
Owner Boylston Properties, Wilder Companies
Total retail floor area 250,000 sq ft (23,000 m2) (planned)
Parking Surface, garage
Public transit access Local bus MBTA: Route 70
Arsenal Mall / Arsenal Project
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Arsenal Mall interior, 2012
Address 485 Arsenal Street, Watertown, Massachusetts
Opening date
  • 1983; 39 years ago (1983)
Closing date
  • January 18, 2018; 4 years ago (2018-01-18)
Owner Wilder Companies, Boylston Properties
No. of stores and services 56
No. of anchor tenants 4
Total retail floor area 311,000 sq ft (28,900 m2)
No. of floors 2
Website none

Arsenal Yards (formerly known as Arsenal Mall from 1983 to 2013 and the Arsenal Project from 2013 to 2016) is a planned mixed-use, smart growth development in Watertown, Massachusetts. The area is home to the original Arsenal Mall site, which is currently being redeveloped for Arsenal Yards. The construction of the site is expected to be finished in 2021. It will include 250,000 sq ft (23,000 m2) of retail and restaurants, 200,000 sq ft (19,000 m2) of office space, a 150-room Hampton Inn hotel, and 425 residences.

History

Located on the site of the former Watertown Arsenal, predating the Civil War, New England Development opened the mall as Arsenal Marketplace in 1983. Original anchor stores included Marshalls and Ann & Hope. Ann & Hope closed in the early 2000s, and was replaced by Home Depot and (since closed) Linens 'n Things (replaced by Golfsmith). Simon Property Group purchased the center in 1999.

The mall featured the only digital game clock (made by the Day Sign Company of Toronto, Canada) ever used at the Boston Garden (from 1969–70 until closure) in its food court.

The mall was then purchased by developers Boylston Properties and The Wilder Companies in 2013 and renamed The Arsenal Project. In 2016, plans were introduced by Boylston Properties to redevelop the property into Arsenal Yards, a mixed-use neighborhood for residents and visitors. In January 2017, the Watertown Planning Board unanimously approved the plans. Opening is expected in late 2019, with two stores remaining open throughout the duration of construction – Marshalls and the Home Depot. Old Navy, Gap Outlet, and Chipotle, which were the last stores to be closed prior to renovation of the mall, have been reopened alongside a new Shake Shack. The area will also include a Cinemaworld Majestic Cinema, Hampton Inn hotel, Roche Bros., and Ulta Beauty, among other stores and restaurants.

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