The Zoning Board of Appeals yesterday gave a Lexington hotel company permission to finish converting what is now a shell of a building with telecommunications towers on top at 155 Porter St. in East Boston into a 123-room hotel.
The telecom equipment will remain, but Jamsan Hotel Management will move it to the center of the roof to make it less visible from the street, its attorney told the board.
The board approved a plan in 2016 by the Loftel hotel chain to convert the century-old factory into a hotel. The company boarded up the building, erected scaffolding and began gutting the interior and then just stopped work. It later sold the project to Jamsan.
The board's 2016 approval still holds, but Jamsan attorney Richard Lynds sought re-approval to ensure his client has enough time to finish an estimated 10 to 14 months of renovation - and construction of a one-floor addition. He estimated the cost of the project at $25 million.
The mayor's office, City Councilor Lydia Edwards and nearby residents approved the proposal, provided it start as soon as possible to rid the neighborhood of the eyesore.
In addition to guest rooms, the plans call for 66 parking spaces, a restaurant and a coffee shop.