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Thoughts: Building a Hotel on Davis Square Parking Lot

A tidbit from Thursday night's Board of Aldermen agenda suggests there may be some plans for hotel in the heart ot Davis Square.

Here's a tidbit from the Somerville Board of Aldermen's Thursday-night agenda:

The mayor's office has submitted a request asking the Board to "declare the Day/Street Herbert Street parking lot available for disposition as a hotel use."

This is the parking lot behind the Davis Square Post Office that hosts farmers markets on Wednesdays.

Those are all the details we have at the moment, but it raises some interesting questions.

Would a hotel in Davis Square be successful? What would happen with all that parking? Do you think building a hotel in the area is a good idea or a bad idea?

We'll provide some more information after Thursday's Board of Aldermen meeting.

Courtney O'Keefe December 31, 2012 at 04:57 PM
The city is looking to sell the Powderhouse School to a private developer: http://www.wickedlocal.com/somerville/news/x1353223217/Somerville-prepares-to-sell-Powder-House-Elementary-School#axzz2GeKsrtrr
Andrea January 11, 2013 at 09:00 PM
there is a Bed and Breakfast right at the end on Day Street on Mass. Ave - a 5-minute walk from Davis Square
mplo January 13, 2013 at 04:02 PM
As a 24-year Somerville Resident, I'm not too crazy about the idea of a hotel being built in Davis Square. There's enough vehicular traffic congestion and insufficient parking as it is. Why add to the problem?
AHM January 13, 2013 at 04:29 PM
I doubt that there will be any real interest in making a hotel there. The problem will be that they will have to make money. The rooms will have to be very expensive to offset the costs of it being small. The big chains may be able to pull it off if they would even want to. Small one, no. No one is going to build it if there is nothing in it for them. Another thought, what if a small company built it and later a chain bought it out? Will they keep the light on?
Ron February 25, 2013 at 09:24 PM
A large hotel would irrevokably change the nature of Davis Square by adding traffic congestion. Look at the line of cars trying to enter the square on College Avenue at most hours the day already! I am the owner of a 5-room bed and breakfast on Morrison Ave. Most of our guests use public transportation and are otherwise low-impact. The kind of guest who eschews our place because he prefers the anonymity of a hotel is less likely to be the kind of thoughtful and considerate temporary resident who we tend to get. Talk to someone who lives next the Holiday Inn in Somerville or next to any number of hotels in Kendall Square or Harvard Square about the problem of prostitution. I suggest instead to push for more bed and breakfasts of our ilk.

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