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The Boston Redevelopment Authority Board has approved a $190 million plan to create more hotel rooms for guests at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
The plan, the first phase of the convention center’s estimated $2 billion expansion, is located at 371-401 D St. and is being developed by Commonwealth Ventures, which won the contract in February, according to the Boston Business Journal.
Under the proposal, two new hotels would hold a total of 510 rooms.
The first hotel, the Aloft, will be a select service hotel that will hold 330 rooms. It will be designed to specifically serve short-stay business travelers and includes a business center, media rooms, and ground-floor retail.
The second hotel, the Element, will hold 180 rooms and will be designed for “extended stay” guests, with rooms including a small kitchen.
An adjacent parking garage for 1,350 vehicles is also included in the project, with its ground floor devoted to retail.
Construction at the D Street site, currently vacant, is expected to start by the end of the year, according to the Boston Globe.
The project is expected to create 593 construction jobs and 150 permanent jobs, according to the BRA.