Convention center hotel project moves towards groundbreaking

Rendering: Commonwealth Ventures LLC and Elkus|Manfredi Architects.
Rendering: Commonwealth Ventures LLC and Elkus|Manfredi Architects.

The last major reviews of a $150 million project for two mid price hotels that will be located near the the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center have been completed, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority said Thursday.

Groundbreaking is expected late this year or early in 2014, with the opening scheduled for late 2015, the authority added. The project is being developed on nearly six acres of land owned by the authority at 371–401 D St. in Boston.

The AloftHotel will have 330 rooms and be oriented to business travelers who plan short stays. The Element will have 180 rooms and target guests planning three- to five-day visits.


Last week, hotel developer Commonwealth Ventures and the hotel’s architect made a final design presentation to city officials, completing the design review process, the authority said.

And at a Wednesday night meeting with elected officials and community representatives from the South Boston and Fort Point neighborhoods, the developer and officials from the convention center authority presented the hotel design and discussed the community benefits from the project. That meeting completed a community review process, the authority said.

State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, State Representative Nick Collins, and Boston City Councilor Bill Linehan joined convention center authority executive director James E. Rooney in making the announcement.

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