3rd Ave., Archer Hotel, Nordblom, Burlington, Development, Boutique, Hotel

 September 23 2015

Plans for Boutique Hotel for 3rd Ave. in the Works

By: Rich Hosford

A boutique hotel will join the restaurants and shops at 3rd Ave. 


Nordblom Company, which owns the development park, informed the board it had reached an agreement with LodgeWorks Partners, L.P., out of Kansas, for one of its Archer Hotels to be located at the corner of 3rd Ave. and Middlesex Turnpike. A hotel is allowed at the park under the Planned Development District agreement approved by Town Meeting in 2007. 


Nordblom’s Senior Vice President and Director of Mixed-Use Projects, Todd Fremont-Smith, said the Archer Hotel fit with the theme of 3rd Ave., which has been filled with more unique and high-end restaurants and stores. He said Nordblom has tried to avoid large chains when selecting which businesses to locate there. 


Vice President of Development at LodgeWorks Bob Mannon said his company has been creating hospital brands for 30 years, and past projects include Residence Inn and Summerfield Suites, which were eventually sold to larger companies including Marriott and Hyatt. The Archer Hotels, he explained, is a newer concept focused on providing a personal, boutique experience. 


He said the first was built three years ago in New York City and since the company has built two more in Austin, Texas and Napa, California. 


“The brand is built around this person, Archer, who is welcoming you into his home,” Mannon said. “He has a grand home and it is an interesting destination you want to go into.” 


He said each room has a different design and a lot of personal amenities and gifts are provided to the guests. He added he thought the brand will fit in perfectly at 3rd Ave. 


The hotel will have 147 rooms. Fremont-Smith said the site plan is currently being made and he expects the application to be filed by the end of the month. He hopes to get the permit this winter and for construction to start in the spring. 

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