Owners Plan to Transform Underutilized Block of Stuart Street with Signature Building

Trinity Stuart LLC, a local development partnership comprised of Jordan Warshaw, Gary Saunders, and Jeffrey Saunders, plans to redevelop the existing Boston Common Hotel and Conference Center, formerly known as the John Hancock Hotel and Conference Center.

The project at 40 Trinity Place will help transform the streetscape of an underutilized block along Stuart Street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood with an activated ground floor and a mix of uses.

The project includes replacing the existing structure with a new 33-story mixed-use, LEED-designed building that will be comprised of a hotel, residences, restaurants, parking for residents, and space for the adjacent University Club to expand.

The project, which was submitted for Article 80 approval by the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA), is consistent with smart-growth and transit-oriented development principles. It has also been designed in accordance with the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s (BRA) recent Stuart Street Planning Study guidelines, which call for mixed-use buildings and additional height to help promote economic growth, density and urban vitality in the area.

The hotel will include approximately 220 guest rooms. In addition, it will offer guests four-plus-star amenities, including exciting new neighborhood-focused restaurants, conference and meeting facilities, and a health and fitness center for guests and residents. This boutique hotel will be a more contemporary compliment to the close by, Saunders-owned Lenox Hotel, and will focus on delivering the best-in-class service for which the Saunders family is known.

The residences will include 142 energy-efficient units with modern finishes, extensive amenities, hotel services, and dramatic city views. The units will range in size from compact studios to more spacious two and three-bedroom homes. Plans for lower level retail include two restaurants, and 100 parking spaces will be provided for residents.

The project will provide new tax revenue, on-site affordable housing, as well as linkage payments, and is projected to create approximately 700 construction jobs in addition to more than 300 permanent jobs.

Suffolk Construction is the construction management firm overseeing the development. The building is being designed by Boston’s The Architectural Team, in cooperation with Stonehill & Taylor Architects, a New York-based architectural and interiors firm who is designing the hotel portion of the building.

Construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2013.

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