The redevelopment of the old Circle Cinema site in the Brighton-Brookline borderlands has been a long time coming. Once slated to include a 196-key Hilton Garden Inn as well as several dozen apartments, the scope of the project withered under local opposition about the possibility of ever more collegians in the area. That led developers National Development and Boston Development Group to reduce it to a 162-room hotel and an adjoining apartment complex... for the over-60 set: what's often called an "age-restricted community." That part, dubbed Waterstone at the Circle, is moving forward as is the hotel component.
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National Development announced late Tuesday that the AC Hotel by Marriott will operate the hospitality portion, described in a release as a "European-style boutique hotel." The brand is also known for trying to appeal to Gen X and Millennial business travelers. For those scoring at home, this is the second AC Hotel by Marriott slated for Boston. The first is scheduled to open in 2017 next to the Ink Block mega-development in the busy, busy South End. As for the one at the old Circle Cinema in Cleveland Circle, construction is expected to start early next year.
· First Details on the Hotel Opening Next to South End's Ink Block [Curbed Boston]
· That Big Cleveland Circle Project Now Targeting the Olds [Curbed Boston]
· Check Out What's Going Up in Brighton's Cleveland Circle [Curbed Boston]
· The 11 Projects Transforming Boston's South End Forever [Curbed Boston]