by Sarah J.F. Braley | May 15, 2017
Officials announced today that Omni Hotels & Resorts will build the 1,000-plus Omni Boston Hotel on Summer Street in South Boston's Waterfront District to serve the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Omni is developing the property, which will be the city's fourth largest, in partnership with New Boston Hospitality.
 
"This project is just one testament to Massachusetts' leadership and competitiveness in the global innovation economy and tourism, attracting businesses and visitors from around the world," said Gov. Charlie Baker as state and hotel officials gathered on the property's future site. "As state, community and private partners work collaboratively to advance this development, we look forward to the job opportunities and benefits it will deliver to the neighborhood, commonwealth and region."
 
The Waterfront District also is a growing hub for business; last week, General Electric broke ground on its new world headquarters a few blocks away from where the Omni will rise. The new hotel will be meetings-focused, offering more than 100,000 square feet of its own function space, including a 25,000-square-foot ballroom, while connecting to the BCEC via a pedestrian walkway. The hotel will be built on a two-acre parcel owned by Massport, the organization that runs the state's airports and harbor ports; the two-towered property will open in early 2021.
 
"I'm excited to welcome this multifaceted new addition to our ever-growing Seaport skyline," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "I applaud the efforts being made by Omni Hotels & Resorts to not only build great accommodations and spaces for visitors, but also support the neighborhood and the people of Boston by creating permanent jobs, giving back to local organizations and programs, and supporting minority-owned and women-owned businesses."
 
The proposed hotel will feature several culinary options, retail space and amenities such as a luxury spa, an elevated pool deck and a fitness center.
 
"Our goal is to help continue the transformation of South Boston's Waterfront District, as there has already been significant development over the last several years," said Jim Caldwell, CEO of Omni Hotels & Resorts. "We do not take a cookie-cutter approach to our developments, and our new hotel will be designed to be a focal point and reflective of Boston and the Waterfront District. Once the hotel is completed, we are confident that the city of Boston and the state of Massachusetts will be proud to call it their own."  
 
The request for proposals for the project, a first for Massport, included a new criteria focusing on diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the plan from financing, design and the overall team makeup. The winning proposal featured minority-owned and women-owned businesses throughout the project.
 
"Massport feels a deep commitment to the people of Boston and our surrounding communities to deliver not only world-class transportation services, but to best utilize our assets to serve the city and state," said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn. "This partnership with Omni Hotels & Resorts will deliver much-needed accommodation in the Waterfront District, allowing Boston to continue to gain prominence in the convention industry and better accommodate the growing number of visitors coming to do business in the city."
 
In April, the Massport Board of Directors voted to allow the Authority to enter into a development agreement and lease with Omni Hotels & Resorts to design and build the hotel. Other partners in the agreement are New Boston Hospitality, comprised of the Davis Cos., Spot On Ventures and several local minority investors, and Boston Urban Development, a local women-owned business.