A Wilmington builder has filed plans with the BRA to replace a seven-space parking lot at 88 N. Washington St., off Valenti Way, with a 74-room boutique hotel.
Tom McKay's proposed hotel will also need zoning-board approval because, at roughly 148 feet in height, it's roughly 48 feet higher than the 100-foot limit set for the Bulfinch Triangle area. The filing says the height is in line with other recent developments in the area, however. Also:
In order to create a small boutique hotel use on this very small 2,100 sf site, the economics, from a construction as well as a hotel industry operations standpoint, require a 70+ guestroom count.
McKay expects many of the hotel's guests would be family members of patients at nearby Mass. General and Spaulding Rehabilitation hospitals - and that the hotel is an easy subway ride away from both Tufts Medical Center and the Longwood Medical Area.
88 N. Washington St. small-project review application (4.7M PDF).