Alexandra Hotel redevelopment could start in early 2020 - 2019-09-05
The long-planned project already has the okays of the Boston Zoning Board of Appeal and the Boston Planning and Development Agency. With all three approvals in hand, the development team behind the project now plans to start construction during the first quarter of 2020.
The redevelopment is expected to create a 156-room boutique hotel with a ground-floor restaurant and rooftop amenity space. Developers Jas Bhogal, Thomas Calus, and Nick Colavito have said they will restore and retain the Alexandra's High Victorian Gothic facade, erected with the building in 1875, but that fire and water damage rendered retaining the interior impossible.
An entity associated with Bhogal and Calus purchased the hotel site and an adjacent lot, both spanning 1759-1769 Washington Street, from the Church of Scientology for $11 million. The redevelopment will cap years of back and forth about what to do with the long-vacant building, which was once an inn for Boston's well-to-do.