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12-story hotel pitched for corner of West Broadway, Dorchester Avenue

Posted by Patrick Rosso  April 10, 2013 02:39 PM

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The corner of West Broadway and Dorchester Avenue in South Boston could soon be home to a 12-story, select-service hotel.

Tim Pappas, the developer behind the Macallen building on Dorchester Avenue, was before the West Broadway Neighborhood Association Wednesday night to discuss plans for the property adjacent to the Cornerstone Pub.

An operator has yet to be identified for the hotel, but Pappas said his vision for the corner parcel would be a 12-story, 156-room hotel that caters to business travelers.

The ground floor would be dedicated to a hotel lobby and space for a restaurant and coffee shop. The top floor, which would reach upwards of 140 feet, would be dedicated to a pool and restaurant, with the fourth-eleventh floors used for hotel rooms.

Pappas also added that he is committed to sustainable and green building practices.

No parking would be provided on-site, but Pappas said his team is having conversations with valet services for off-site parking, the majority of which Pappas believed would be used by restaurant patrons. In the plan, no spaces currently available to residents would be lost.

No plans as of yet have been filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority to build on the estimated 12,000-square-foot parcel.

“We’ve met with a number of groups and businesses and will continue to have these preliminary meetings,” Pappas said.

He said the hotel could fill a void in the community that lacks hotel rooms and is inundated with residential projects, including the construction of 11 West Broadway and 22-26 West Broadway.

While the hotel and its operator would be four-star quality, Pappas said the goal is to undercut the Back Bay hotels with rooms averaging around $200 a night.

“We want to create something that is unique and programmed and priced for people around here,” he said.

Residents, while cautious, seemed receptive Wednesday night and asked to continue conversations.

“We’ll be sitting down talking about this for the next year and that’s a good thing with a project this size,” said Bill Gleason, president of the association.

“I think this is a great idea,” said Skye Schulte, an area resident. “When I have family and friends in town this could be something I could afford to put them up in.”

Plans have yet to be filed with the BRA.

Once plans are filed an Article 80 review process will begin, which includes a public vetting. Pappas said he will continue to have conversations with the community before any plans are filed.

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