In a significant change from the last round of Parcel 9 review, the latest filing of the “Haymarket Hotel” proposal by designated developer Normandy Partners/Harbinger shows a height reduction from 103 feet down to 65 feet at the tallest section. Also of note, the market hall section has been simplified to one standard story.
The new proposal includes a 145,000 square foot hotel and retail pavilion on the Greenway Parcel 9, a vacant triangular parcel adjacent to Haymarket that came out of the Big Dig on property owned by the State’s Mass. Department of Transportation (MassDoT). No on-site parking is planned. The hotel will use valet service to area garages.
In its letter to the BRA, the developer’s attorney Melvin Shuman said:
We are very excited about proceeding with this project, which will revitalize a vacant parcel with hotel and retail uses. The project will provide an attractive and active connection between the heart of the North End, the Greenway and the Blackstone Block, while enlivening the burgeoning market district.
The hotel would be 6 stories with 225 rooms under a to-be-determined mid-priced flag. A restaurant may be included as well.
Haymarket Hotel has been described as the “third leg” of the emerging “Market District” centered around the longstanding Haymarket Pushcarts and Boston Public Market.
Historic Blackstone Street will be renovated as part of the project. At Haymarket, the pushcart vendors will have 50 defined area stalls, along with awnings, dedicated water and utilities.
According to the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the proponent has submitted their Planned Development Area (PDA) Application triggering a 45 day BRA comment period and review. The new submission can be viewed via this link.
A community meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 3rd at 6:30pm at the Nazzaro Center, 30 North Bennett St in the North End. Immediately before that, an Impact Advisory Group meeting will be held on Monday, May 2nd at 6:30pm at the BRA Board Room in City Hall.