Plans for massive convention center hotel move forward: Report - Metro US

Plans for massive convention center hotel move forward: Report

Massport initially proposed a 1,200-room hotel as part of a planned $1 billion expans

A year after Gov. Charlie Baker tabled the expansion of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Massachusetts Port Authority’s once scaled-back plans for a large nearby hotel are moving ahead.

A group made up of hotelier Robin Brown, Boston real estate developer The Davis Cos. and Dallas-based Omni Hotels & Resorts has been named as the Summer Street project’s top bidders, sources told the Boston Globe.

The hotel is slated to have more than 1,000 rooms, including small, less-expensive micro-rooms, sources told the Globe. The bid for the project is expected to be awarded within three months, they added.

Massport last year proposed a 1,200-room hotel whose building coincided with the $1 billion expansion plans for the convention center. The agency was forced to seek new bids for a smaller hotel after the governor and other officials raised concerns about the project’s cost and possible government subsidies.

Six teams submitted bids for the project in the spring, but those proposals have not been made public. Massport and the team consisting of Brown, The Davis Cos. and Omni Hotels & Resorts declined to comment, the Globe said.

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