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Boston hotel proposed for James Hook & Co. lobster site

Developers have filed a proposal to build a 300-foot tower hotel on what’s now the James Hook & Co. lobster spot downtown.



a long bridge over a river in a city: BOSTON, MA: November 6, 2020: The James Hook Lobster lot in downtown in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)


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BOSTON, MA: November 6, 2020: The James Hook Lobster lot in downtown in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

SKW Partners filed a letter of intent with the Boston Planning and Development Agency on Friday to construct a 22-story hotel. saying it is the result of six years of planning.

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The “dramatic, new-construction, high-rise hotel,” as the letter of intent put it, would rise 305 feet on 440 Atlantic Ave. downtown. It would have “up to” 400 rooms. Law firm Dain Torpey, which filed the proposal for the developers, didn’t immediately respond to further requests for comment.

Right now, the 20,000-square-foot parcel of land in question is home to James Hook & Co., a seafood wholesaler and retailer. But fans of the lobster spot shouldn’t be crabby — James Hook Jr., whose family owns the restaurant, said it would be back on the first floor of the hotel when it opens, probably with more seating and harbor views.

“We’re still going to be here,” he said Friday.

The Hooks own the land, which the city assesses at $2.4 million. The lobster spot, which sells seafood on site and wholesale to other restaurants, has been run by three generations of Hooks since 1925. A 2008 fire destroyed what was the Hook warehouse there, but they’ve been selling seafood out of a modular structure on the site since.

The filing says the waterfront hotel would have a ballroom and a rooftop restaurant and terrace.

The hotel would no have any parking on site, the filing says; rather, a valet service would use “the abundant” public parking nearby, though that’s not clear where.

The filers tout that the redevelopment of the site between the Seaport Avenue bridge and the now-defunct Northern Avenue bridge would lengthen the Harborwalk. Further, the developers says, the building would “bring welcome activation and lighting to what is today an empty recess in the nighttime urban environment. No renderings were immediately available.

The environmental group Conservation Law Foundation, which has used lawsuits to hold up or get more concessions from many waterfront projects in Boston in recent years, declined to comment.

The developers asset that this would be a by-right project under the area’s current master plan, which allows that height for buildings. The plan, published by the BPDA in 2017, says a “slender” tower on the site would allow for substantial open space.

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