The Dedham Planning Board meets tonight to consider a developer's proposal for a six-story, 120-room hotel on Eastern Avenue, behind the Papa Gino's, Pep Boys and Petco on Providence Highway, and a separate developer's proposal to turn a long abandoned empty shell of a building on Bridge Street into a residential building.
The Saletin Real Estate Group of Cranston, RI, is proposing the hotel on what is now a rarely used parking lot. It's the first hotel proposal for the stretch of road near the Dedham/Boston line since the collapse of a plan for a kosher hotel on the Boston side of the line in 2015.
Saletin would seek to find a national hotel concern to run the new lodging space.
The proposal has the backing of the Dedham Square Circle, which represents businesses in the nearby town center, partly because of the extra tax income a hotel would mean over the lot's continued use as an asphalt-based weed garden, partly because guests at the hotel might be drawn to Dedham Square's businesses, especially with Saletin saying it would be willing to work with the town and state to figure out a way to get pedestrians safely across Providence Highway from its side of the road.
Separately, Petruzziello Properties, whose name is familiar to anybody who drives into Dedham Square from Rte. 1A, is proposing to take over a failed renovation of a former medical office building at 80 Bridge St., next to Moseley's on the Charles, remove the temporary metal roof that was finally put atop it after the interior had been left exposed to the elements, and add two floors and create 41 residential units with ground-floor retail space.
The board's meeting begins at 6 p.m.