A developer wants to replace the remains of the old Splash Ultra Lounge at 150 Kneeland St. with a 250-room hotel.
In a letter of intent filed with the BPDA, Hudson Group, which has redeveloped several Leather District buildings, says its proposed hotel would bring much needed guest rooms to the South Station area and permanently remove what had long been a neighborhood nuisance:
The property was formerly used as a restaurant and night club, which presented a significant nuisance to the neighborhood, while subsequent neglect of the site has resulted in serious blight.
Our goal is to develop a striking, slender, mid-rise tower housing a well-designed, top-quality hospitality facility. The Project will supply sorely needed hotel rooms to the immediate South Station area, which currently does not have a single hotel. The proposed hotel will complement the mixed-use fabric of the historic Leather District while positioning the Kneeland Street development corridor as a modern urban thoroughfare with a vibrant pedestrian realm.
Because of the lot's proximity to parking lots and garages, Hudson Group says it would not be including any space for parking.
Hudson's next step would be to file a detailed project-notification form, which would trigger a process that would include public hearings and, ultimately a BPDA vote.
150 Kneeland St. letter of intent (115k PDF).