The Marriott Corporation passed papers and took possession of three acres of valuable Chelsea land on Maple Street Wednesday afternoon at Chelsea City Hall. Marriott will be building a 128-room Marriott Residence Hotel on the site.
The hotel giant paid the city $1,865,000 for a two acre plot where the hotel will be built and purchased as well an additional acre for parking and further development across the street from the designated hotel site.
In all, the city sold three acres to Marriott in the development area diagonally down the street from the Wyndham Hotel site.
“This did not happen overnight. I began negotiations with Marriott almost 10 years ago and finally, we got them to sign on the dotted line,” City Manager Jay Ash said. “Finishing this development project successfully was one of the main reasons I wanted to remain at my job. This development is just one of a number of terrific things we have going on in the city,” added the city manager, who recently signed on for another four years.
The Residence Inn is Marriott’s top extended stay brands. Extended stay guests typically rent rooms for longer visits than do guests in other hotel categories. Because guests stay longer, rooms are typically larger and the hotel offers more amenities to make their guests fell at home.
The structure’s exterior will be faced with imposing red brick and sand stone exterior.
Chelsea Gateway Properties is expected to spend almost $20 million for the build out and the subsequent furnishing of what will be Chelsea’s second major hotel complex. CGP will develop and manage the property.
Groundbreaking will take place some time during this summer.
In addition, CGP executives predict that at minimum nearly 40 jobs will be created. The hotel will have a small restaurant with a limited menu to service guests primarily.
“This is a great product for Chelsea,” exclaimed Richard Pantano, Chairman of the Chelsea Economic Development Board. “The Marriott is exactly the type of development we have envisioned for our urban renewal district, and why we have been so careful in selecting redevelopers to carry out that vision.”
Pantano says his board has heard from those who wanted to develop “no-name hotels and strip malls,” but the board continued to work with Manager Ash to find the right developer who would continue to elevate Chelsea’s presence as a hub for hotel visitors
The Marriott is expected to generate an estimated $500,000 in hotel excise and property taxes its first year and $200,000 in one-time building fees. In order to help secure the development, the City and CGP agreed to a five-year tax relief deal that will provide approximately $160,000 in property tax relief to the development each year over a five year period.
“We will see and feel the impact of this development in so many ways, not to mention the increased tax revenues that will help support municipal services,” Ash said.
The city is still awaiting word from the nation’s capitol about the final review on the FBI project announced for Everett Avenue.
At the same time, city officials said they are trying to move forward a major residential housing development on Sixth Street. There are also possibilities for major construction in the MarketBasket Mall.
The spectacular One Webster project – 120 units of residential housing at the corner of Eastern and Webster Avenues – is nearing completion. It is another perceived feather in the cap for Ash and for the City Council.
City Council President Marilyn Vega-Torres, a strong development proponent, said she was pleased with everything going on.
“We’ve got a great city with so much to offer,” she said.