A developer that bought into Related Beal's Congress Square project at Congress Street and Quaker Lane yesterday filed plans with the BPDA to change a proposed 35-unit condo building into a 116-room hotel.
Kai Zhao's Hemisphere Development Group bought 15 and 19 Congress St., two connected and currently vacant buildings last year. Under a previous BPDA approval, the company had permission to build a five-story addition atop the shorter of the two buildings and to create roughly 5,750 square feet of ground-floor retail/restaurant space.
If approved, Hemisphere would still build the addition but would reduce the ground-floor space to 3,100 square feet for a restaurant.
The proposed hotel would sit across Quaker Lane from a 190-room hotel the BPDA approved as part of Related Beal's overall Congress Square project.
The change from condos to hotel rooms would mean "negligible" changes in any impact to the surrounding area, Hemisphere says.
Hemisphere says its part of Congress Square will contribute to Related Beal's original concept of the now derelict Quaker Lane being transformed into "a pedestrian-friendly, European-style arcade, with cafes and outdoor seating."
The company hopes to begin work this fall, with completion in early 2021.
15-19 Congress St. notice of project change (7.5M PDF).