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City to host public meeting tonight on plan for hotel, apartments, retail, restaurant, offices in Cleveland Circle

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  May 21, 2013 12:32 PM

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Boston officials plan to host a community meeting tonight to again discuss a developer’s proposal to build a hotel, upscale apartments, offices, and space for retail, restaurant and parking in a five-story building in Cleveland Circle.

The meeting is set to start at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 at the Alexander Hamilton School on Strathmore Road in Brighton, city redevelopment authority officials said.

Boston Development Group’s most-recently publicized proposal calls for a 234,550-square-foot, mixed-use building to be constructed across 2.5 acres of property, replacing an Applebee’s restaurant on one site in Boston’s Brighton neighborhood and the abandoned Circle Cinema on an abutting parcel that straddles the Brighton-Brookline border.

The proposal includes 196 Hilton Garden Inn hotel rooms; 74 residential units; about 18,000 square feet of medical office space; 14,200 square feet of ground-floor retail and restaurant space; and 126 garage parking spaces and 77 other spots in a surface lot behind the building.

Approval is needed from both the city of Boston and the town of Brookline, because the project overlaps both municipalities.

The project first proposed two years ago, has undergone numerous design changes at the urging of both city officials and area residents.

Earlier this spring, some residents said they want to see more changes, namely to address traffic-related concerns.

In a neighborhood e-mail forum, residents said they have been told the developer may announce several more changes to its proposal.

Public comments about the project should be sent Boston Redevelopment Authority by Friday, June 7.

To read more about the project, click here.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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