by Sarah J.F. Braley | May 12, 2010

According to the Boston Globe, state and city officials are studying not just ways to expand the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, but also the building of a 1,000-room hotel next door at a cost of $700 million. James Rooney, executive director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, which operates the center, told the paper, "If we stand back and do nothing, another hotel will not be built here for another 10 years." Complicating such a project is the continued trouble in the hotel financial market. Just last week, the developer of the 235-room W Boston filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The hotel is just seven months old.