Boston’s former Alexandra Hotel, located at the corner of Washington Street and Massachusetts Avenue in Roxbury, will soon become residential housing.
The Boston Planning & Development Agency approved the project, which will allow for the construction of 79 condominiums, 10 of which will be income-restricted.
In 2019, developers received the approval to redevelop the former hotel into a 12-story, 150-room boutique hotel while retaining and restoring the facade of the existing building, as well as recreating and refurbishing its original historical design elements. The building, which was built in 1875, has been vacant for decades.
In September, developers filed a request with the BPDA to change the scope of the project to condominiums. That request was approved in October.
The project is the first to comply with the BPDA’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing requirements. Approved just recently, the requirements ensure developers take several steps to support fair housing practices, including constructing all units set aside as affordable on-site, as well as increasing the number of two-bedroom units and the number of units accessible to those with disabilities. Preference to first-generation homebuyers is also part of the requirements.