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Developer again revises proposal for hotel, apartments, retail in Cleveland Circle

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  July 31, 2013 05:06 PM

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A developer has again revised a proposal to build a hotel, upscale apartments, and space for retail, restaurant and parking in Cleveland Circle.

This time, the proposal would eliminate all of the project’s office space and increase the number of apartments, while decreasing the number of hotel rooms, according to city officials in Boston.

Boston Development Group’s latest proposal calls for constructing a six-story, 228,400- square-foot building with 180 Hilton Garden Inn hotel rooms, 92 apartments, and 14,400 square feet of retail space and 100 parking spaces in a surface lot behind the building and another 97 spots in a garage, according to a design update document filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

The mixed-use development would be built 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.

Details about the proposal will be discussed at a meeting hosted by the city redevelopment authority on Monday, Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. at the Alexander Hamilton School on Strathmore Road in Brighton, officials said.

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

Before the most-recent changes, the proposal called for a five-story, 234,550 square-foot building consisting of 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.

The latest design also includes some changes to the shape of the building and altering the layout of the uses inside and around the building.

The project, first proposed nearly three years ago, has undergone numerous design changes at the urging of both city officials and area residents. This past spring, some residents said they want to see more changes, namely to address traffic-related concerns.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority will accept public comment about the project through Monday, Aug. 12. Comments can be made at the meeting, by e-mail to erico.lopez.bra@cityofboston.gov, by fax to 617-742-7783, by phone to 617-918-4429 or by mail to Erico Lopez, Boston Redevelopment Authority, One City Hall Square, 9th Floor, Boston, MA, 02201.

To read more about the project’s past, click here.

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