Friday, October 29, 2010

LOCAL NEWS: Fort Point Channel hotel planned

A Boston developer wants to build an extended-stay hotel in the city’s Fort Point Channel neighborhood, which would continue the gradual transformation of the former industrial district. Norwich Partners LLC of Boston wants to convert a 110-year-old building at 368 Congress St. into a 120-room hotel with stores, according to an application the firm submitted to the city of Boston. The firm is buying the building from Berkeley Investments, which previously won approval to build offices on the property. Terms of the purchase are not yet public.

Norwich said the $45 million project will involve a complete renovation of the former Boston Wharf Co. warehouse, known as the Stillings Building, and will advance efforts to turn Congress Street into an active retail corridor. Several new cafes and restaurants have opened on the street in recent years, including a bar and two restaurants by prominent chef Barbara Lynch.

The Norwich Partners project still needs approval from the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The firm hopes to begin construction next year.

Casey Ross Boston Globe October 21, 2010

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