Ideas for condominium tower on James Hook & Co. web site finally move ahead

The “other” tower prepared for Boston’s downtown waterfront is eventually relocating ahead.

A developer Friday submitted initial strategies with the metropolis to construct a 22-tale lodge on the web site of James Hook & Co. on Atlantic Avenue together with the Northern Avenue Bridge. The 305-foot tower would house a new Hook seafood retailer on its floor ground, a rooftop restaurant, and about 400 rooms in among.

The task — a partnership involving the Hook loved ones and growth firm SKW Companions — was 1st declared 6 several years back, but zoning for it was tied up in the much larger discussion around developer Don Chiofaro’s planned skyscraper up Atlantic Avenue at the Boston Harbor Garage, as well as with waterfront preparing in common. At the time that zoning received city and state acceptance, SKW was absolutely free to go ahead, and, in a letter Friday from legal professional Don Wiest, the business claimed it will “fill in a important lacking section of Boston’s Harborwalk,” and “allow pedestrians to love some of the most magnificent views obtainable any where in Boston.”

No images of the developing have been out there Friday. SKW will file more thorough plans, possible in a month or two, with public conferences and metropolis review to comply with. Supplied the waterfront locale, it will also need condition environmental approvals.

The project’s progression comes as arranging nears an close for a new Northern Avenue Bridge, along with the Hook internet site, and as various other superior-profile web-sites along the downtown waterfront and Fort Place Channel are performing by way of permitting at the Boston Scheduling & Enhancement Company. Wiest’s letter promised a well-lit and pedestrian-helpful expertise with architecture that will convey “additional consistency and cohesion to Atlantic Ave.”

The filing also will come amid a collapse in Boston’s lodge industry, in particular for increased-conclude lodges downtown that are suffering a critical reduction of small business throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. But any new lodge on the Hook web-site is possible at minimum 3 decades from opening, and backers of quite a few other resorts in the functions about Boston have signaled self-confidence that desire will rebound by then.


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