Last October, we announced that the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) completed the purchase of 5.6 acres of land within walking distance to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) to be used for the development of two mid-priced hotels.
Last month, the MCCA board of directors selected a team headed by CV Properties, LLC and Starwood Hotels to develop and operate the two hotels. The team proposed to develop a 330-room Aloft hotel and a 180-room Element hotel. The second proposal was from Carpenter & Company and Hyatt Hotels.
“We were fortunate to have two strong proposals submitted, demonstrating the strength of our hotel market and the appeal of the opportunity presented in the request for proposal,” said Rooney MCCA Executive Director James E. Rooney. These hotels will provide much needed mid-priced hotel rooms, contributing to the ongoing success of the BCEC”.
Groundbreaking is expected to occur by the end of 2013, with the hotels opening in 2015. The two hotels will add 510 rooms to the 1,700 existing rooms within walking distance to the BCEC. The increase in hotel room capacity responds to the industry demand for more convention space and date availability in Boston. It is also the necessary step in the direction of expanding the convention center itself. Phase two of the BCEC project, which would nearly double its capacity, has been under consideration and is currently in state legislative review.
Many organizations have achieved record-breaking attendance when holding their events in Boston. Boston has the largest, most qualified attendee base within a 2-hour travel radius in North America and consistently ranks at or near the top of attendees’ favorite convention cities. Find out more about the BCEC expansion plans by visiting our website.