Cleveland Circle plan revised

The revised proposal for a Cleveland Circle development.
Boston Redevelopment Authority
The revised proposal for a Cleveland Circle development.

A developer has again revised a proposal to build a hotel, upscale apartments, and space for retail stores, restaurants, and parking in Cleveland Circle.

This time, the proposal would eliminate all of the project’s office space, increase the number of apartments, and decrease the number of hotel rooms, according to city officials in Boston.

Approval is needed from both the city of Boston and the town of Brookline because the project overlaps both municipalities.


Boston Development Group’s latest proposal calls for constructing a six-story, 228,400-square-foot building with 180 Hilton Garden Inn hotel rooms, 92 apartments, and 14,400 square feet of retail space and 100 parking spaces in a surface lot behind the building and another 97 spots in a garage, according to a design update document filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

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The mixed-use development would be built across 2.5 acres of property, replacing an Applebee’s restaurant on one site in Boston’s Brighton neighborhood and the abandoned Circle Cinema on an abutting parcel that straddles the Brighton-Brookline border.

Details about the proposal will be discussed at a meeting hosted by the city redevelopment authority on Monday at 6 p.m. in the Alexander Hamilton School on Strathmore Road in Brighton, officials said.

Before the most recent changes, the proposal called for a five-story, 234,550 square-foot building consisting of 196 Hilton Garden Inn hotel rooms; 74 residential units; about 18,000 square feet of medical office space; 14,200 square feet of ground-floor retail and restaurant space; and 126 garage parking spaces and 77 other spots in a surface lot behind the building.

The latest design also includes some changes to the shape of the building and alters the layout of the uses inside and around the building.


The project, first proposed nearly three years ago, has undergone numerous design changes at the urging of both city officials and area residents.

Some residents have said they want to see more changes, mainly to address traffic-related concerns. Removing office space from the proposal is expected to lessen the project’s impact on traffic, the design update document said.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority will accept public comment through Aug. 12.

Matt Rocheleau can be reached at matthew.rocheleau@ globe.