by Sarah J.F. Braley | May 24, 2018
Ground was broken Wednesday on the 1,055-room Omni Boston Seaport Hotel. When it opens a block from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in 2020, the $550 million property will be the city's fourth largest and the largest hotel in Omni Hotels and Resorts' portfolio.
"This project's hotel, retail, restaurant and outdoor space is a welcome addition to Boston's Seaport District and will lead to expanded economic opportunities for many businesses within the Commonwealth," said Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, who was on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony. "Our administration looks forward to continuing to work together with partners at the local level and in the private sector to support economic development in communities across Massachusetts."
The property is being built on the corner of Summer and D streets, land owned by the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport); Omni and New Boston Hospitality are the developers, working with a number of minority- and women-owned investors and businesses.
The hotel will have 100,000 square feet of meeting space that will include the largest hotel ballroom in the Seaport District, but the Omni also will be connected directly to the convention center. Among the amenities will be an all-day restaurant, a lobby lounge, an entertainment lounge, and a French brasserie and boulangerie. An urban rooftop pool deck on fourth floor will have space for year-round events featuring views of Boston's skyline. Omni's signature Mokara Spa will complement a fitness center.
"This is more than just a groundbreaking, it's a celebration of the diversity and inclusion this project represents from its design to its contracting and its nonprofit partners," said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh during the groundbreaking. "The Omni Boston Seaport Hotel is a welcome addition to our city, providing better public access to the waterfront, improving walkability to the area and investing in our workforce. I look forward to seeing the vision for this hotel come to life, for the benefit of Boston's residents and visitors alike."
Six local nonprofit organizations have been chosen to receive a portion of the hotel's profits: the Edgerley Family South Boston Clubhouse of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston; the South Boston Community Health Center; Julie's Family Learning Center; Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner-City Killing (LIPSTICK); the Daniel Marr Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester; and the Building Pathways Program, a pre-apprenticeship program that provides construction-career opportunities to low-income Boston residents.
"This groundbreaking not only signifies the strong economic progress happening in the city of Boston, but also the fundamental building blocks of opportunity we are creating for our workforce," said Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn during the ceremony. "We are also excited to see that the chance we took of adding a diversity criteria has paid dividends, and the outcome so far has been outstanding."
The Omni Boston Seaport Hotel will be part of the hospitality company's growing Convention Center Collection, which features signature properties in Atlanta; Louisville, Ky.; Dallas; Fort Worth, Texas; and Nashville.