The Zoning Board of Appeals today rejected a company's plans to convert 21 apartments at 103-111 Arch St. into executive suites after elected officials and a neighborhood residents association said the proposal would be an end run around the city's short-term rental restrictions and efforts to increase the amount of housing stock available for Bostonians.
A lawyer for Sonder USA, which runs executive-suite properties across the country, said its suites would be aimed at tourists, but denied accusations it would run the units as an unlicensed hotel.
An aide to City Councilor Ed Flynn, whose district includes downtown, also cited potential trash and noise issues from transient guests.
Also opposed: The mayor's office, Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George and the Alliance of Downtown Civic Organizations. The Downtown Business Improvement District supported the proposal.