Mayor Announces Former Alexandra Hotel Development Approved
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For Immediate Release
April 27, 2006
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Mayor Announces Former Alexandra Hotel Development Approved

Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced today that the redevelopment of the former Alexandra Hotel in the South End has had a major milestone. Yesterday, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) Board of Directors granted approval to the prospective new owners of the former hotel building for their proposal to redevelop the vacant historic hotel.

"This announcement marks a new day for the residents of the South End who have waited almost two decades for the redevelopment of this unsightly building," Mayor Menino said. "I look forward to working with the new owners to make this project one the entire community can be proud of."

Macedonia Realty Trust, the current owner, and the City of Boston had been involved in litigation over the property because of stalled development plans. The city was eager to see development occur on this site and sought to put in place a Court-appointed receiver. Macedonia Realty Trust petitioned the Court to hold off on the Court-appointed receiver because a prospective buyer was in place.

The prospective new owners, Gerard Kiley and Robert Rosati, went before the BRA to present their new development proposal. They needed BRA approval before closing on the sale. Additionally, they still need to receive final BRA design review approval as well as further approval from the South End Landmarks Commission.

The project site includes the former five-story Alexandra Hotel located at 1759-1761 Washington Street and the adjacent three-story Ivory Bean row house located at 1767-1769 Washington Street. The first floor of the Hotel Alexandra is currently occupied as retail space. Both the upper floors of the Hotel Alexandra building as well as each floor of the row house are currently vacant. These existing buildings, built in the early-to mid-1800s, will be restored as a part of this project.

This approval is expected to clear the way for a $15 million redevelopment that will completely restore the former Alexandra Hotel, which was a luxurious residential hotel active in the late 1800s. The new development proposal consists of 23 one-bedroom and one-bedroom plus condominium units as well as 4,600 square feet of ground floor retail or commercial space.

The new owners have assembled a development team that consists of Doug Dolezal of Dolezal Architecture as architect, Levin and Levin, LLP as legal counsel, and Arthur Choo Associates, Inc. as engineers.

The redevelopment of the Alexandra hotel will play a significant role in the revitalization of the surrounding neighborhood. The upper floors of the building have been vacant for more than 15 years and the building is a blight to the neighborhood. In the last five years, the area surrounding the project has shown much progress with the redevelopment of new housing and retail. Approximately $650 million has been invested by public/private partnerships in the area. To date, the Alexandra Project is one of only two blighted buildings on its block.

Project History

The former developers of the Alexandra property submitted a Small Project Review application to the Boston Redevelopment Authority back in August of 2001 with the intent of redeveloping the property. In January 2002, the BRA Board granted approval to the development project. Since 2002 the developers of the Alexandra project showed no intention of moving forward with the development and thus the city sought action to appoint a receiver in order to move the redevelopment forward. In August 2004, the Housing Court decided not to appoint a receiver, but required the developers to adhere to a schedule of clean up and design work for the property and asked the receiver to monitor the work. Following that, the city found the developers not adhering to the schedule as thus won a decision in August 2005 that reinstated the Court-appointed receiver.

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