by Sarah J.F. Braley | August 09, 2016

Harbinger Development has filed plans with the Boston Redevelopment Authority for Marine Wharf, a double-branded 411-room Hilton property to be built in Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park in the Seaport district between the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and Cruiseport Boston. Ground is expected to be broken on the 245-room Hampton Inn and a 166-room Homewood Suites in spring 2017, with opening day projected for early 2019. The project will add much-needed guest rooms to the convention district.

The ground floor will feature retail outlets as well as a dock next to the hotel with service to the Outward Bound Education Center on Thompson Island, one of the Boston Harbor Islands. Harbinger has been granted development rights and a 99-year lease to the hotel land by the Economic Development and Industrial Corp.

"We're pleased to partner with Harbinger Development on this unique opportunity to enhance the vitality of the waterfront area with new hotel rooms and commercial activity, and we look forward to undertaking the community review process in the months ahead," said Brian Golden, director of the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

"Marine Wharf is about creating a place that provides amenities for the Seaport and Marine Park on its ground floor and its roof, with much-needed hotel product in between," said Eamon O'Marah, owner of Harbinger Development. "We're thrilled that the city entrusted us with this spectacular block."

The hotels will share elevators, check-in areas on the first floor, and a welcoming space on the third floor, plus 8,000 square feet of meeting space and an 8,000-square-foot enclosed "Great Room" on the roof, adjacent to a large outdoor event space with views of Boston Harbor and the city. Harbinger Development will build to LEED standards, aiming for certification by using sustainable design to preserve and protect the environment.  

According to the Boston Globe, the project is part of a push by the Boston Redevelopment Authority to revitalize land in Flynn Marine Park; the BRA needs to approve Harbinger's plan before work can begin.