Boston Business Journal, September 17, 2015-- Boston-based real estate firm JW Capital Partners has formally filed plans with the city to develop a 277-room, five-story hotel and develop new public open space at Lewis Wharf in Boston's North End neighborhood.
The proposed development spans a nine-acre site, located off Atlantic Avenue on the eastern side of the North End. The hotel would consist of two separate buildings connected by a pavilion. It would create 2.87 acres of public open space, including a 1.25-acre waterfront park, and proposes replacing a 223-space surface parking lot with a 379-space below-ground parking garage.
"The long-awaited and much-needed rehabilitation and redevelopment of the Lewis Wharf piers and pavement areas will finally be realized wit the Lewis Wharf project," the development team wrote in its project notification filing to the Boston Redevelopment Authority. "(The project) will bring this key but underutilized parcel into harmony with the vibrant public harborfront community that has developed along the Boston waterfront to the south and north of this parcel."
The project has drawn vocal opposition from the North End neighborhood, particularly community group Save our North End Waterfront. The group argues that the large-scale development is not appropriate for the neighborhood.
“This large-scale luxury hotel would negatively impact our community and our historic Boston Harbor,” said Jennifer Crampton, a North End resident and member of an Impact Advisory Group advising the BRA on the project, in a prepared statement. “I am opposed to this project because it will destroy the quaint residential community I have begun to raise my family in.”