Two developers plan to submit plans to turn the decaying old Hotel Alexandra at Washington Street and Massachusetts Avenue into a ten-story boutique hotel that will retain the old building's facade.
In a letter of intent filed with the BPDA, developers Jas Bhogal and Thomas Calus say they will buy the 1876 building from the Church of Scientology and turn it and the vacant parcel next door on Washington Street into a "Class A boutique-style hotel" with a ground-floor restaurant, conference rooms and a "rooftop amenity space."
The church bought the building in 2008 for use as its Boston headquarters, was unable to raise the money it needed to restore the building, then decided it wasn't big enough anyway and is now building out a headquarters on Lincoln Street in Brighton. Possible deals with two other developers fell through last year.
In their letter, Bhogal and Calus said they would use the space on Washington Street that became vacant after the equally historic, but smaller, Ivory Beane building, had to be torn down after it began to collapse.
They are not planning on including any parking spaces for guests "given the site constraints and the ample availability of public transportation."
Where the Ivory Beane building used to be:
Developers' letter of intent (638k PDF).