Banker & Tradesman | By Steve Adams
December 6, 2016
A proposed 277-room hotel at Boston’s Lewis Wharf that’s drawn protests from environmentalists and North End residents will move forward despite state regulators’ skepticism about whether the plans comply with waterfront development regulations.
John Moriarty, president of Winchester-based John Moriarty & Assoc., said developers will review recently submitted public comments and state regulators’ response before deciding whether to alter plans for the 5-story, 187,000-square-foot hotel.
Portions of the project would be built on a deteriorated piling field in Boston Harbor. The state Department of Environmental Protection issued an advisory opinion in September that areas containing broken piles and pilings that are under water at high tide should not be considered buildable.
“It would get radically changed,” Moriarty said at a ceremony Friday. “We tried to do a proposal that was completely as-of-right. We didn’t ask for a height variation like every other building around there has, we didn’t ask for a (lot) coverage variation, we didn’t ask for a density variation. So we’ve asked for nothing we wouldn’t be entitled to under the current zoning.”