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More hotel rooms could be coming to D Street in South Boston if the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority’s plans are approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
Last week the MCCA filed a Notice of Project Change with the BRA for two mid-priced hotels with a parking garage and ground-floor retail.
The new construction would be located on a 5.6-acre lot at 371-401 D St., which is southeast of the convention center and north of West First Street.
The two hotels, which would share ground-floor amenities, would each hold 250 rooms. The parking garage is proposed to hold up to 1,350 vehicles and replace the spaces that will be lost when the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center expands. The garage would have solar panels on its roof, according to the NPC.
Plans also call for an estimated 26,300 square feet of ground-floor retail.
The two hotels are aimed at supporting business travelers. The first hotel is intended for short stays, while the other hotel is proposed for extended stays and rooms will include small kitchens.
The site was purchased from the Intercontinental Fund IV 371-401 D Street, LLC by the MCCA in Oct. 2012 for close to $33-million, according to the Globe. Intercontinental originally purchased the site in 2005 and had proposed a $230-million, 585-unit residential development, according to the BRA. That project was approved in 2006 by the BRA’s Board, but never moved forward.
Prior to the filing of the NPC, there was a ban on new hotel construction in the area, but that prohibition was removed in July by the state Legislature, according to the Globe.
Residents in the past had raised concerns about all the new construction that could be coming into the neighborhood if the ban was lifted.
The MCCA’s new plan, which will add 500 new rooms to the area that currently hosts 1,700 hotel rooms, is estimated to generate 370 construction jobs and 175 permanent jobs, according to the BRA.
A date for a community meeting on the project has not been set, but a copy of the Notice of Project Change can be found here.
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