The Boston waterfront could see a new 25-story hotel tower in 2024.
The Hook Wharf redevelopment project would include a “high-profile landmark hotel” at the James Hook & Co. site on Atlantic Avenue, a restaurant, in-water facilities, and new public open space, according to a project notification form the development team filed recently. Plans to transform the area have been in the works for six years.
“The redevelopment of Hook Wharf plays an especially important role in furthering the City’s vision of a vibrant Downtown Waterfront,” the plan says.
The project, which developers say would create about 300 construction jobs and more than 150 permanent jobs, would begin in early 2022 and wrap up in fall 2024. The filing lists 400 Atlantic Avenue LLC C/O Moriarty Partners as the proponent and Boston-based Elkus Manfredi Architects Ltd. as the executive architect.
What the team has proposed:
A 275,000-square-foot hotel tower with 357 guest rooms, a rooftop restaurant, two terraces, and other amenities is proposed for the site.
“The design of the building will serve as a new landmark at the gateway between downtown Boston and the South Boston Waterfront,” the plan reads. “The unique, architecturally significant design will stand out and represent the modern and dynamic City, while anchoring a vibrant and active redeveloped Project Site.”
Developers call the proposed 285-foot tower an “iconic and climate-resilient building” and say the ground floor will be “highly transparent, visually reinforcing connections to the Harborwalk and sidewalks.”
Proposed hotel amenities include a ballroom, spa and fitness center, meeting spaces, two terraces, and a rooftop restaurant on the 25th floor with a clear view of the Greenway and Fort Point Channel. The tower will be topped by a 20-foot mechanical penthouse.
The Hook Wharf redevelopment project lands squarely on the site of James Hook & Co., a family-run seafood shack founded in 1925. But though the parcel would look decidedly different after construction is complete, the lobster destination wouldn’t be going anywhere. In fact, it would get far more real estate: While the eatery currently operates out of compact trailers and at a smattering of outdoor patio tables, it would have a second life in the development as an expansive restaurant and seafood market on the hotel’s ground floor.
Once James Hook & Co. reopens within the hotel, it will occupy 9,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, with entrances on Atlantic and Northern avenues, according to the plans, which also call for restaurant space on the hotel’s fourth floor and rooftop.
Visitors will discover “greatly enhanced public open spaces for sitting, walking, and enjoying the waterfront,” according to the plans.
The project will add 4,000 square feet of public space, including a new Harborwalk segment. There will be new public open space along Fort Point Channel between the Evelyn Moakley Bridge and the planned replacement of the Old Northern Avenue Bridge.
“The Hook Wharf project proposes to fill a gap in the Harborwalk network by constructing nearly 300 linear feet of new Harborwalk along the water’s edge to better connect the land between the two bridges and bring residents and guests to a previously inaccessible section of the Fort Point Channel,” according to the filing.
Year-round docking facilities will be constructed for water-taxi services, as well as for boaters looking to dock and visit James Hook & Co.’s restaurant and seafood market. The in-water facilities will also benefit fishing vessels unloading for the seafood business.
The project does not include on-site parking. There are 4,941 public parking spaces at 17 facilities within a quarter-mile of the development, according to the filing, and therefore “sufficient parking capacity will be available to meet the parking demand.”
The plan does include bicycle parking, however. Outdoor, publicly accessible spaces are planned for visitors and secure/covered spaces for hotel employees.