Seaport hotel developer picked as BRA approves housing projects

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Harbinger Development won a key city agency’s support to build a 405-room hotel in the city’s Seaport District, according to the Boston Redevelopment Authority, which also said it approved two housing projects that will add 128 residential units in Allston and Roxbury.

The hotel, proposed for a site at the Marine Industrial Park where cruise ships dock in South Boston, would be on a site leased from the Economic Development and Industrial Commission, a sister agency to the BRA. Harbinger, based in Wellesley, was given the EDIC’s tentative designation as the developer of the project. Harbinger is in talks with Hilton Worldwide to run the hotel, the agency said in a statement.

The addition of 88 housing units at the Charlesview site in Allston won approval from the BRA at a meeting Thursday evening, the agency said in a statement about the projects. The housing will be built at the corner of Telford Street and Western Avenue, replacing three vacant buildings on the site. An affiliate of the Boston-based Davis Cos., DIV Telford, is the developer of the $35 million project, according to the agency.

In Roxbury, the BRA approved construction of a four-story, 38-unit apartment building and a duplex home on Blue Hill Avenue. The agency said the $12 million Clarion project by Community Builders, a Boston-based nonprofit organization, will also provide 6,000 square-feet of street-level commercial space. The duplex will be built on the corner of Holborn Street and Blue Hill Avenue, and in all, 32 of the new housing units will be designated as affordable, the BRA said.

The Seaport hotel is planned for one of just two sites at the Marine Industrial Park that are not reserved for industrial or maritime-related use, the BRA said. The new structure is expected to include restaurant and retail space. Harbinger is also developing two nearby hotels, Aloft and Element, near the South Boston convention center, and previously built the Ames Hotel downtown and the Hotel Buckminster in Kenmore Square, the agency said.