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$125 Million New 408-Room Hotel Coming to the South End

Aug 18, 2010

The BRA Board approved a $125 million hotel project slated for the South End that will transform a vacant parking lot with the creation of 408 new hotel rooms. Located at 275 Albany Street, the 332,285 square foot project comprises the creation of two hotel buildings that will be joined by a common above grade parking garage, roof terrace and swimming pool.The project will create 225 permanent jobs and 200 construction jobs. Construction is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2012 and be ready for occupancy by the first quarter of 2014.

The first hotel building will consist of a “select-service” hotel in a 16-story building with 210 hotel rooms. It will occupy the northern end of the project site and its front door will be on Traveler Street. Select–service hotels provide a less costly alternative for guests compared to a full-service hotel and are aimed at both business and leisure travelers. The select-service hotel includes an approximately 4,000 square foot restaurant on the ground floor, occupying the corner of the building at the Albany and Traveler Street intersection, where it will help to enliven the street environment. The hotel will feature a swimming pool and a roof terrace on the second level.
The second hotel building will consist of an “extended-stay” hotel with 198 hotel rooms. It will have an L-shaped footprint and will occupy the southern end of the project site. Its front door will be on East Berkeley Street. The extended-stay hotel will reach nine stories on East Berkeley Street and seven stories on Albany Street. Extended-stay hotels are designed for the business traveler who generally plans to stay a week or more. The proposed hotel will be well positioned to serve visitors and exhibitors at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center who often require longer stays to attend conventions.

The development team consists of Normandy Real Estate Partners and Bluehawk Investments LLC as the owner/developer; ADD Inc. as project architect; Mel Shuman Law as legal counsel; Howard Stein Hudson as transportation consultants; and Epsilon Associates as the permitting consultant.

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