From the President of
In 2017 HIP Developments launched The Gaslight District with a spectacular one-day unveiling event. The response to the first phase of residential units was overwhelming; we sold-out in 48 hours. More importantly, the concept was received with enthusiasm. Clearly, Cambridge was ready for an urban live-work-play environment.
Two years later, the plans are complete, approvals obtained and permits issued. The time has come to re-purpose century old structures, dig foundations and build.
Is this what The Gaslight District is all about? Towers, residences and places to eat, drink, work and play? The simple answer is yes, but judging by the response you gave at our release, I believe we are building something more deeply essential for our community.
For me, The Gaslight District is a place where people come together. When cities are planned properly, with urban density and vibrant public spaces, they become the ideal environment where social barriers can be broken down. These type of places are where bonds and collective identity can be created at a grass roots level. This is extremely relevant today as the digital world, that sometimes seems to be overtaking reality, fails to bring us together. It is dividing us as it organizes society into silos of similarity. We learn less about people who are different…and we seem to slowly grow suspicious of the world around us.
I can promise that at Gaslight Square, with its cafés, restaurants and public areas of play, you will rub shoulders with people you’ve never met as you smile, laugh and slowly start to define who we are. The Gaslight District will be an ever changing experience, and it will be fun.
So I guess the answer to “What are we building?” is that we are building a better kind of city with cultural places that bring us together and help make our part of the world a better place to live and dream of the future.
For myself, someone who was born and raised in Cambridge, this is important to me. I hope it is just as important to you and your family as well.
Honesty. Integrity. Pride of Workmanship (HIP). These are the values that we embrace in everything we do.
Our projects aren’t just “buildings” – they’re homes. They are places where friends gather, families grow, and memories are made.
Welcome home, we know you’re going to love it.