The famed Framingham Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center is scheduled to be auctioned off in December.The MetroWest Daily News reported that the 376-room hotel that is visible from the Mass. Pike. is part of the Marriott brand of hotels and is listed on the JJ Manning Auctioneers website. The auction for the two-parcel area (1651 and 1657 Worcester Road/Rte. 9) will held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 15 at the hotel.Menus and other paper souvenirs from the archives of the Sheraton Framingham, which opened in 1972 and was originally known as the Sheraton Tara.Jim Giammarinaro, president of the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce, called the development “very sad news.””The Sheraton has been a significant part of our community,” he said. “So many of our members have had large events at the hotel. Many of our non-profits have held their fundraisers in their beautiful ballrooms. It has also housed a number of conventions and tradeshows. Our chamber has had many events there throughout the years. Their staff has been so great to work with. Our entire chamber community will feel this loss.”Giammarinaro is hopeful that whoever purchases the iconic building will utilize the facility in a similar manner. The Sheraton’s ballrooms can hold up to 600 people.”There is not another indoor facility within MetroWest with that capacity to service our businesses and non-profits for their larger events,” he said. “The effects of COVID continue to challenge our hospitality and retail businesses.”Justin Manning, president of JJ Manning Auctioneers, expects there will be significant interest in the property at next month’s auction.”We have received numerous calls from heavy hitters in the hospitality industry,” said Manning. “This is an iconic and well-located hotel property which is familiar to so many people in the region.”The auction firm is conducting a national advertising campaign for the site. The targeted buying group is hotel owners, operators and managers of properties with more than 300 rooms.”This property has had major improvements done to it over the last decade,” said Manning. “This will be a post-COVID winner for someone no doubt.”History of the Sheraton castleBuilt in 1972, the hotel is one of four remaining designed to look like a castle with the others in Braintree, New Hampshire and New Jersey under the name Sheraton Tara Hotel. Over time, with different owners, the medieval theme faded away.The Sheraton company was started in Springfield by Ernest Henderson and Robert Moore in 1937, according to the company’s websiteThe hotel was bought by Waterton, a U.S. real estate investment and management company, in 2011. In Massachusetts, Waterton also owns or operates the Courtyard Boston Marlborough, Doubletree Westborough, the Sheraton Needham and Rosemont Square in Randolph, a residential property.In 2013, the company renovated the lobby, grand ballroom and fitness center. Much of the distinct architecture, such a brick archways, remains a part of the interior of the building.Another renovation was completed in 2018.Sheraton building and auction detailsThe City of Framingham values the 58-year-old building at about $33.15 million and the auctioneer’s website says a 5% …Continue reading
SAN JOSE — The development of a downtown San Jose hotel next to the historic Hotel De Anza was approved legally by city officials, according to a judge who signaled he has decided to rule against preservations who had sought to block the project.
At the center of the litigation is a proposed project to develop a hotel tower at 8 Almaden Blvd. adjacent to West Santa Clara Street and the Hotel De Anza. It is expected to be a Moxy hotel.
Preservation Action Council in February 2020 filed litigation seeking to block the hotel project, partly on grounds that San Jose city officials had failed to properly prepare and circulate an environmental impact report and that development of the new hotel highrise would crimp the historic aesthetics of the Hotel De Anza.
The group, which is also attempting to block the development of a game-changing tech campus at CityView Plaza just down the street, had argued that the city didn’t properly assess the environmental impacts of the hotel highrise.
The preservation council claimed that the city’s approval ran afoul of the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA.
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Sunil Kulkarni disagreed with the preservationists and took the city’s side in the matter.
The judge stated in his tentative order that he had decided to deny the preservation group’s request that San Jose re-do its approval process for the hotel.
If built, the 19-story hotel would have 272 rooms and feature a rooftop restaurant, lounge, and gathering area. It would be several stories taller than the Hotel De Anza. The development site is a parking lot at present.
“The court tentatively denies the petition,” Judge Kulkarni wrote in a Nov. 3 decision. The judge said both the city and the Preservation Action Council could file further briefs with the court prior to a final decision.
A planned move of homeless men from the Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side to another hotel in the Financial District will proceed after a state Supreme Court judge declined to block the move.
Downtown New Yorkers, Inc. filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Manhattan Supreme Court arguing that the city was moving the Lucerne residents to the Radisson Hotel on William Street to “cover up for their public relations disasters.”
The lawsuit argued the de Blasio administration is not permitted to proceed with the transfer because of an expired contract between the Department of Homeless Services and the Hotel Association of New York City to operate the facilities — which were converted from hotels to shelters for homeless residents to allow for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also sought a temporary restraining order on the impending move.
In response, the office of the city’s Corporation Counsel said the Radisson has already been operating as an emergency homeless shelter since the pandemic began in March. It’s also served “as an isolation hotel for those who had tested positive for COVID-19, where hospitalization was not required, and subsequently as a quarantine site for individuals suspected of having COVID-19.” The Radisson offers more space for the men to safely be indoors and engaged in social activities, considered critical factors as the temperatures drop, city officials said.
State Supreme Court justice Debra James denied the request for the temporary restraining order and set a date of November 16th for opening arguments on the lawsuit.
The move to the Radisson Hotel on William Street next week comes after the men would be relocated from the Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side to the Radisson Hotel on William Street in FiDi
The move to the Radisson Hotel on William Street in FiDi next week comes following weeks of acrimony from legal threats by UWS neighborhood groups that also wished death upon them on their Facebook page. Before the FiDi move, the city had considered moving the residents to the Harmonia shelter in Midtown—which would have displaced other families. Throughout the process, Mayor Bill de Blasio has been widely criticized for treating residents at the Lucerne, operated by Project Renewal, like board game pieces.
Downtown New Yorkers posted on its website a statement from its representative Christopher Brown saying “it would be unconscionable for the City to move the men into 52 William Street knowing that they might be forced to move again in several weeks. The neighborhood is committed to its ongoing legal strategy on this matter.”
Meanwhile, the group of Upper West Siders who opposed the men living at the Lucerne and formed the nonprofit called the West Side Community Organization, released a statement through their PR firm Saturday hailing the upcoming move.
“The West Side Community Organization was pleased to learn that the Court has rejected efforts to prevent the relocation of the vulnerable population currently housed at the Lucerne to a location that is better equipped to serve their