After the initial meeting to propose a 147 foot high hotel project in the West End’s Bulfinch Triangle on North Washington Street, the developer came back to the table with a similar proposal, this time it was shortened to 128 feet tall. Despite the proposal decreasing in height and featuring changes made to the entrance, neighborhood residents were still not taking this proposal lightly. Many residents expressed disappointment that this new plan did not provide any benefits to neighbors or the surrounding neighborhood. Specifically, they said there is no open space and the look and feel was not conducive to the area.
What is the new proposal? The new proposal is slated as a 68 room hotel built on the 2,159 sq. foot parcel, standing 13 stories, 128 feet tall (the Scotch ‘n Sirloin building is 130 feet tall, for context). Located at 88 N. Washington Street at the corner of Valenti Way, adjacent to the North End, the new proposal is 36,013 square feet (decreased from the previous 39,999 square feet) and features a ground floor lobby, mezzanine level with a small cafe. No restaurants or bars are incorporated into the plans for this hotel.
Residents felt strongly that the glass and metal materials do not fit in the area surrounded by brick and mortar. Development consultant Fred Mannix maintained that, “bricks would make it look like a chimney.”
Full Video Coverage of the January 4, 2017 Meeting:
With the agreement of the BPDA, Boston Planning & Development Agency (formerly known as the BRA) and the developer, the comment period was extended to January 24, 2017. You may submit comments to Phil Cohen, BPDA Project Manager: email@example.com.