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Davis Square hotel advisory group finishes review

Posted by Jarret Bencks  April 24, 2013 10:08 AM

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An advisory group finished a review of proposed hotel developments in Davis Square earlier this month, and it's now up to Mayor Joseph Curtatone to pick a preferred developer for the project.

But any project is still a long way from breaking ground, according to Rebekah Gewirtz, the alderwoman representing Davis Square, and a member of the advisory group. 

"This is going to be a long process, even after he picks a preferred developer," she said. "That's really when the community meetings will begin."

The advisory group, made up of city employees and area residents, met five times beginning in February to review four proposals for the redevelopment of a public parking lot at the corner of Day and Herbert streets into a boutique-style hotel.

The proposals ranged from 80 to 126 rooms, with varying features, including a rooftop bar and an art gallery.

The group held interviews with each of developers, reviewed the proposals, and submitted comments to Curtatone after its final meeting April 12.

Gewirtz said the group did not specifically endorse -- or rule out -- any of the proposals.

"Any hotel should fit in with the fabric of the neighborhood," she said. "I think a key thing is going to be how any preferred developer works with the community."

Gewirtz said that whichever developer is selected should have to come up with a plan to offset the 61 public parking spaces that would be lost, and either provide room for the Davis Square Farmers Market, or find an alternative site for the market, which operates out of the lot.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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