OTO Development of Spartanburg, SC, has filed plans with the BPDA for a 184-room, eight-story hotel on the site of what is now a Shell station at Boylston and Ipswich streets in the Fenway.
The proposal also calls for a 4,600-square-foot restaurant and an 82-space parking garage, as well as wider sidewalks with street trees.
The Project will contribute significantly to the ongoing revitalization of this central Boston district. Today, the site is underutilized: it contains a gas station surrounded by impervious paving, featuring four curb cuts and no landscaping. This use and configuration result in constant vehicular activity, making this corner of Boylston Street pedestrian-unfriendly. The Project includes the demolition of the existing buildings and removal of underground storage tanks, and will improve the underutilized site with a striking, first-class new hospitality facility that incorporates active street-level uses and landscaped sidewalks to enhance the pedestrian experience along Boylston and Ipswich streets. ...
With the Project site, the Proponent saw an opportunity to improve an underutilized site in the Fenway neighborhood and create a new edge to a signature piece of the Emerald Necklace at the Victory Gardens. In looking at early design and building schemes, it was quickly determined that the building has an opportunity to respond to the multiple adjacent conditions and uses. by referencing and blending the residential, parkland, and vibrant commercial adjacencies, the building can become a strong corner that grounds the area while keeping within the parameters of the Fenway neighborhood zoning. The Project, with its zoning compliant height, will serve as a transition between the smaller residential buildings to the east of the site and the recent, taller developments to the west.
1241 Boylston St. project-notification form (37M PDF).