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Haymarket Square Hotel and Public Market Are Budding in Boston

Where: Boston, MA
May 1, 2014 at 7:29 PM | by | ()

A year-round food market and 180-room hotel should create a booming new market district.

Great news for Boston, hotel junkies, foodies, and Boston hotel junky foodies: Last week the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved plans for a $14 million project that will put a year-round public market near the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.

The 28,000-square foot Boston Public Market will host up to 45 vendors, giving locals year-round access to meat, fish, and veggies from local farms; Boston’s Haymarket area already bustles with pushcart vendors on (weather-appropriate) weekends, but this be a huge indoor option that ensures healthy eating and Instagram photos of homemade quinoa salad with favas all year round. (#Blessed)

Also inside the Boston Public Market: a bakery, raw bar, and demo kitchen for use by local chefs. The nonprofit managing the project, Boston Public Food Market, has already raised $9 million and plans to open up shop in summer 2015.

And what pairs best with food? Shelter. Duh.

So coming to a neighboring parcel is the Haymarket Square Hotel, an eight-story, 180-room property. It’s being built by developers Normandy Real Estate Partners and Jones Lang LaSalle, will include retail space (think cafes and charcuterie) and rooftop gardens, and is designed to “complement” the district’s market identity, according to a proposal you can scope here.

S o expect a public “winter garden” and two-floor lobby, a “community room,” and based on the rendering scene here, “lots of Sims characters milling about and buying root vegetables.” Together, the market and hotel are pretty much destined to create an entirely new tourist attraction in a new market district – and you’ll be able to eat and sleep right in the middle of it.

[Photo: Normandy Real Estate Partners proposal]

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