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Old 10-15-2009, 09:51 AM   #1
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Complete Fenway HoJo's Redevelopment | 1271 Boylston Street | Fenway

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Fenway Howard Johnson owner plans new hotel, housing
By Thomas Grillo | Thursday, October 15, 2009 | http://www.bostonherald.com | Business & Markets
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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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is there a thread on this already? i don't remember one.
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Old 10-15-2009, 11:43 AM   #2
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Re: Fenway HoJo

Hopefully good riddance to an eye sore.

http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=4...343.71,,0,0.64

I wonder what the Sox will say about the height?
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Old 10-15-2009, 11:45 AM   #3
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Re: Fenway HoJo

Aaaaaaaaaand here comes the opposition from anti-condo subsidized rental crowd wanting to the live in a new 'luxury' building on someone else's dime.
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Old 10-15-2009, 11:46 AM   #4
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palindrome: no. They'd been getting dumped in the Fenway Area Development thread.
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Old 10-15-2009, 11:48 AM   #5
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Yes! Die Die Die!

Midtown Hotel: You're on notice.
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Old 10-15-2009, 11:58 AM   #6
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Midtown Hotel: You're on notice.
We can only hope.

Hopefully they can do something about the wretched McDonald's across from the proposed development site too.
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Old 10-15-2009, 12:01 PM   #7
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McDonald's is already dead, no?
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Awaiting financing for a Trilogy like development. Pretty much the same as what's going to replace the Goodyear dealership down the street.
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Old 10-15-2009, 01:10 PM   #9
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The owner of this is 83 years old. This may sounds crass, but what are the chances he's alive by the time this gets the funding/approval to get off the ground?
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Well, not to be ghoulish, one assumes he has a large life insurance policy to carry on the family legacy in the worse case scenario.
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Well, not to be ghoulish, one assumes he has a large life insurance policy to carry on the family legacy in the worse case scenario.
I'm sure he does. However, I'd be concerned that whoever this gets passed on to wouldn't have the same ambitions with regards to building here. That's my beef.

Anyway, I'm unfairly digging the man a grave. I'm hopeful something positive can happen here.
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Old 10-15-2009, 02:35 PM   #12
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I'd be concerned that whoever this gets passed on to wouldn't have the same ambitions with regards to building here.
Fair concern, but I wouldn't exactly classify a Hilton Garden Inn and some apartments as a difficult level of amition to match . . .
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Fair concern, but I wouldn't exactly classify a Hilton Garden Inn and some apartments as a difficult level of amition to match . . .
Lol, in this day and age you would be surprised.
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Bring on the beige baby
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Is 'Hilton Garden' considered a luxury or upscale brand? I don't follow the hotel industry much.
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^^ If you go by the pecking-order at the bottom of the Hilton webpage, the Hilton Garden Inn is between the Embassy Suites and the Hampton Inn. Hilton's top-tier is the Conrad -- the one in Tokyo is amazing.
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Hilton Garden Inn isn't much of an improvement over the Howard Johnson, but it's something.
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Old 10-15-2009, 08:27 PM   #18
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I'd put the Garden Inn on par with Four Points by Sheraton for comparison sake. It's O.K. I don't see the problem with it though. It's Fenway... a mid-scale hotel is just fine in this location.
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Old 10-16-2009, 09:27 AM   #19
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I guess I just have a bias against them; there's one off the highway near where I live. It's in the middle of a low rise office park. The building itself looks like every single other no-reservations-required hotel off the side of a highway. Not that I don't want a mid- or low-range hotel in the Fenway area (we need them all over Boston,) but architecturally I doubt it will be an improvement over the Howard Johnson.
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Old 10-16-2009, 10:34 AM   #20
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The Howard Johnson here is about as appealing as gas station. Hilton Garden Inns are nothing special, nor are Homewood Suites, but this will be a significant improvement.

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