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Board approves shifting Kneeland Street hotel plan to residences

by Liz Hughes

The Boston, Planning & Development Agency approved a request from developers to replace a previously approved hotel portion of their 150 Kneeland St. development with residences. 

The approval comes three months after the developer filed a Notice of Project Change for the move. The Hudson Group’s request alters the scope of its approved 21-story hotel at 150 Kneeland St. in Boston’s Leather District. Instead of 230 hotel rooms, the property will now be home to 115 residences. 

Under the BDPA’s approved change, the project will include a 115-unit residential building adjacent to Boston’s South Station. It would be a mix of both one- and two-bedroom units, as well as meeting and fitness spaces, food and beverage, retail and other amenities. 

The building’s height, footprint and design will remain virtually unchanged from the 2018 approval. The developer said in its request that its commitment to sustainability will remain, with the project continuing to seek LEED Gold certification.

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