New Boutique Hotel, Restaurants Pitched for Boston's North End
Posted By: Boston City Properties
North End's Cross Street between Endicott and Salem streets is about to get a facelift. A new boutique hotel with two restaurants is planned for this street-front site that overlooks the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The scale of the project, designed with a six-story hotel, is compatible with the low-rise buildings and historic architecture in this area of the North End neighborhood.
Currently, this block of Cross Street has several small shops in architecturally incompatible styles. Maria's Pastry Shop, a popular eatery and keystone shop on the block, closed last September when the owner decided to retire. The proposed redevelopment project will spruce up the block, providing an attractive street façade that will better blend with the look of the neighborhood. The project should also provide more foot traffic and higher visibility to this key North End area.
The 13,363-square-foot site lies opposite the Haymarket MBTA Station and offers direct access to the Rose Kennedy Greenway. This strategic location gives convenient access to transportation links throughout the North End, nearby Haymarket and other areas in Boston, ideal for visitors to the Boston area. Nearby are shops, restaurants, historic sites and other areas of interest.
The project was proposed to the Boston Planning & Development Agency on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, by Fort Point Associates Inc. This Boston-based urban planning and project permitting consultancy presented the project on behalf of Cross Street Ventures LLC. Fort Point Associates, Inc. operates as a stand-alone company within Tetra Tech, an international consulting and engineering firm. FPA provides expertise in planning and development projects, providing guidance on project approvals, public reviews and ensuring community involvement in new undertakings.
Boston's North End, also known as Boston's Little Italy, is among the oldest residential areas in the city. Characterized by low-rise brick apartment buildings, narrow streets and authentic Italian food, it is a popular tourist attraction and a vibrant neighborhood. Salem Street is one of the neighborhood's busiest commercial arteries, with bakeries, restaurants and clothing boutiques lining the attractive, narrow street. The popular Antico Forno brick oven restaurant is just two blocks up the street from the project site. Brick buildings form a continuous façade along this historic pathway. Salem Street was one of the first thoroughfares in the area when it was settled in the 1600s, forming the core of the neighborhood at the time.
The proposed redevelopment project will improve the streetscape of Cross Street and nearby venues. It lies at the northwest end of the Rose Kennedy Greenway Planning District. The plan calls for developing plots along the Greenway to enhance green space and provide commercial and residential facilities. The project will create a thriving, attractive commercial center, enhancing the aesthetics of the frontage of this area of Cross Street and stimulating local economic development.