December 8 2015

Special Permits for Boutique Hotel at 3rd Ave. Approved

By: Rich Hosford

The Burlington Planning Board approved special permits for a boutique hotel on 3rd Ave. during its December 3rd meeting. 


As reported on BNEWS, 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. 


Archer Hotels are boutique establishments. There is currently one in New York and two others are under construction, one in Austin, Texas and another in Napa, California. 


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. 


During the November 19 Planning Board meeting, Freemont-Smith, attorney Robert Buckley and Vice President of Development at LodgeWorks Bob Mannon laid out some details of the proposed Burlington location. 


They said that in the plans it will be a 147-room full-service boutique hotel featuring restaurant service, a spa and other amenities. There are also different tiers of rooms, including standard rooms, King Studios, Queen Doubles and Archer Dens. The Archer Dens are the highest tier rooms and offer a seating area as well as a kitchen area with a microwave, sink and utensils. Some will also have dishwashers. 

The kitchen setup caused some concerns among a couple members of the board, who said they wanted to ensure this would not be a place where people would stay long term or live. 


During last week’s meeting Buckley and Mannon informed the board they removed the dishwashers from the plans, which was the biggest concern of board members. They also presented a draft condition to ensure it will not be a long-term residency hotel. 


Another concern raised by board members during the last meeting was the orientation of the building. In the plans the front entrance faces 3rd Ave., leaving the side of the building facing Middlesex Turnpike. At this meeting those behind  the project provided a landscape plan that addressed those concerns that included a wall similar to the one at the Bancroft. 


The board voted unanimously to approve the special permits. 

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