Local Boston developers, Weiner Ventures, made a proposition to the BRA (Boston Redevelopment Authority) recently, asking permission to tear down the old Howard Johnson Motel to build a complex including a hotel, residence building, and retail space. The proposed site is extremely close to Fenway Park; in fact, the three bright lights you see in the picture (left) are indeed the very lights that illuminate Boston’s holiest of sports fields.
The letter of intent, filed yesterday, proposed the construction of two interconnected 12 story buildings, one a hotel, the other a residential building, both around 170,000 square feet, along with 4,000 square feet of retail space and 280 underground parking spaces. There has been no information regarding the type or style of the hotel (luxury, chain?)
The Howard Johnson motel, which is rather old and seedy-looking, occupies 59,000 square feet of real estate at 1271 Boylston St., and has been a likely candidate for redevelopment as it was rumored that the Boston Red Sox and the Sage’s proposed building a $140 million condo and hotel on the site back in 2005. The Sage family has owned the hotel since 1985.
As reported by Banker & Tradesmen, “The letter indicates that Weiner Ventures will seek zoning relief through a Planned Development Area, a designation that gives the BRA broader authority to modify zoning for substantial development projects,” making the project seem all the more feasible.
What do you think? Would you like to see the old Howard Johnson done away with to make way for yet another new development, or do you like having a cheap motel right around the corner from Fenway Park? (If you want to check out property for yourself in the Fenway area, click here!)