A historic former South End hotel could get a major facelift and makeover to restore some of the long-shuttered building to its former glory after decades of decay, plans recently filed with the city show.
Developer Alexandra Partners LLC envisions the Hotel Alexandra, which has stood on the corner of Washington Street and Massachusetts Avenue since 1875, becoming a 12-story, 150-room boutique hotel, complete with a rooftop bar and restaurant and cafe space that will be open to the public, according to a project notification form filed late last month.
Plans show the proposed project would include using vacant land on an adjacent property to bring the five-story building to new heights while preserving its Gothic-style facade.
“The Hotel Alexandra building is one of the few remaining historic structures along Washington Street in the blocks immediately west of Massachusetts Avenue, and has experienced significant water and fire damage over the many years it has been vacant and could lead to permanent loss if the current state of neglect were to continue,” the filing reads.
What exactly the future holds for the historic hotel property has been up in the air in recent years after the Church of Scientology, which purchased the site for $4.5 million in 2008, put it on the market in 2015.
Last year, Eric Hoagland, the son of CVS Pharmacy founder Ralph Hoagland, reportedly agreed to buy the property, but ultimately the church put it back on the market in March, The Boston Sun reported.
A Letter of Intent for the current redevelopment project was filed in July by JB Ventures and TCR Development, whose principals are now working under the name Alexandra Partners, documents show.
The proposed project calls for replacing the aging building’s structural components due to their condition. With the anticipated additions, the new hotel would contain 66,000 square feet with possibly a basement gym for guests, the plans indicate.
Developers say in the proposal the site constraints limit them from providing on-site parking, but that they plan to offer a valet service to park vehicles in a nearby garage or lot.
Additionally, developers would work with the MBTA to relocate the outbound bus stop in front of the building to help prevent buses from blocking Massachusetts Avenue — a request they said they heard in public feedback.
The development would serve the need for more hotel space in Boston while providing permanent jobs and boosting tax revenue, the proponents say.
Public comment on the project is being collected through Jan. 23, according to the Boston Planning and Development Agency website.