Developers vie for hotel site at convention center

Two developers are bidding for the right to build hotel room on property next to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston.

Commonwealth Ventures, of Boston, is proposing to construct 450 rooms on property along D Street owned by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. Carpenter & Co., of Cambridge, wants to build 500 rooms.

The bids came in response to a request for proposals issued last year by the MCCA, which is seeking to encourage the development of mid-priced hotel rooms near the center.


James Rooney, executive director of the MCCA, has said additional hotel rooms are needed to serve large trade shows wishing to hold events at the South Boston convention center. The effort is part of a broader expansion that could include another large hotel and a doubling of the center’s exhibit space.

Commonwealth Ventures is partnering in its bid with the hotel operator Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., while Carpenter & Co. is teaming up with Hyatt Hotels Corp. A winning bidder will be selected within six weeks.

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