Everyone knows that Boston is in the mist of a hotel-building boom (or maybe the apartment-building boom is drowning it out). Case in point: a years-long effort to plunk something at the corner of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Washington Street in Roxbury has been realized; and the plan prominently features ... a hotel.
The Boston Redevelopment Authority late last week unanimously approved what is being called the Melnea Hotel and Residences on a spit of property that the BRA and MassDOT own called Parcel 9. The project is due to include a 108-key hotel, 50 apartments and 8,000 square feet of retail. Marriott will operate the hotel as a Residence Inn franchise.
As the Globe's Tim Logan points out, the development was far from assured: "The project has been in the works since 2012, when the BRA named Urbanica as developer. It was delayed first as developers sought financing for what would be the first hotel built in the area in decades, and more recently amid neighborhood concerns about wages and local hiring." Deal sweeteners include a promise of $18-an-hour jobs at the hotel and $400K for local job training.
The lodge, the first new hotel in the area in decades, is supposed to be finished in the spring of 2017, and the apartments that following summer.
· Roxbury Hotel Project Advances [Globe]
· Our Updated Map of the Many New Hotels Going Up in Boston [Curbed Boston]
· The Biggest Greater Boston Apartment Openings in 2015 [Curbed Boston]