BPDA approves former Midtown Hotel 325-unit development project

by Liz Hughes

The former Midtown Hotel will soon be replaced with a 10-story project bringing more than 300 housing units to Huntington Avenue. Forty-three of which will be income-restricted.

The Boston Planning & Development Agency approved the plans for the 220 Huntington Ave. project at its October meeting. Developer National Development initially filed a letter of intent for the project back in August of 2020. 

The project will replace two existing buildings — the former Midtown Hotel at 220 Huntington Ave. and a four-story, seven-unit residential building at 1 Cumberland St. — bringing with it 325 transit-oriented housing units, as well as 15,500 square feet of retail and co-working space. The mixed-use building will also have 152 parking spaces and storage for approximately 325 bicycles, according to the filing. 

The Boston Sun reported last December that National Development planned to enter a 99-year lease with the First Church of Christ, Scientist to rent the 220 Huntington Ave. site. Both properties are owned by the First Church of Christ, Scientist.

According to the filing with the BPDA, the project will fulfill the original intent of the Christian Science Center Master Plan which allows for the development of up to 950,000 square feet on the Belvidere/Dalton corner of the Christian Science Plaza.

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