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is there a thread on this already? i don't remember one.Fenway Howard Johnson owner plans new hotel, housing
By Thomas Grillo | Thursday, October 15, 2009 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Business & Markets
Photo by Nancy Lane
Days after the Howard Johnson Hotel celebrated its 50th anniversary, its owner announced plans to replace the two-story lodge behind Fenway Park [map] with a 275-room Hilton.
?We want to get the hotel permitted so when financing becomes available we?ll be ready to go,? said Robert Sage, the 83-year-old HoJo owner.
Under the plan that has yet to be filed with the city, Sage has partnered with Weiner Ventures and Samuels & Associates for a mixed-used development on the 60,000-square-foot parcel at 1271 Boylston St.
Construction could begin as early as next fall to replace HoJos with a 195-room Hilton Garden Inn, 80 Homewood suites, Hilton?s extended-stay brand, and more than 100 condominiums or apartments.
Adam Weiner, of Weiner Ventures, developer of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, said it is premature to talk specifics, including the building?s height.
?That section of Boylston Street is a special area and we want to be a small part of its success,? he said. ?But this requires collaboration with the neighborhood and the Boston Redevelopment Authority.?
Samuels, who has almost single-handedly engineered a rebirth of that gritty section of Boylston Street from Ipswich Street to Brookline Avenue, has won praise from residents and Mayor Thomas M. Menino for 1330 Boylston St., the $100 million project that features 215 apartments and the new home to the Fenway Community Health Center. That project came on the heels of Samuels? nearby Trilogy development, the $225 million mixed-use project with 576 rental units and ground floor retail.
William Richardson, president of the Fenway Civic Association, said there is broad support for HoJos? redevelopment.
?This will be another step in the transformation of Boylston Street,? he said.
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