Construction manager John Moriarty said he and partner J.W. Capital continue to review alterations to their plans to move forward with a hotel project at Lewis Wharf, per an article in Banker & Tradesman. The news on the originally proposed 5-story, 277 room hotel comes despite a significantly reduced project area as a result of a Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) determination that pilings underwater at high tide cannot be built upon. B&T quoted the contractor at a recent presentation:
“It would get radically changed,” Moriarty said at a ceremony Friday. “We tried to do a proposal that was completely as-of-right. We didn’t ask for a height variation like every other building around there has, we didn’t ask for a (lot) coverage variation, we didn’t ask for a density variation. So we’ve asked for nothing we wouldn’t be entitled to under the current zoning.”
Moriarty said the Lewis Wharf project should be considered in the context of larger developments under consideration as part of the Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan which includes guidelines for towers at the Harbor Garage and Hook Lobster sites.
The controversial Lewis Wharf hotel project has been debated at several meetings and is being fiercely opposed by residents as part of the Save Our North End Waterfront group. Local elected officials have also come out against the project, including Boston City Councilor Salvatore LaMattina, the four Boston At-Large Councilors, State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, and State Senator Joseph Boncore. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has not taken a public position on the issue.