FRAMINGHAM – A developer wants to demolish an existing 2-story hotel and replace it with a 95,000 square foot, 6-story hotel on Route 9 in Framingham.
Soniya Hotel, LLC would like to demolish the Magnuson Hotel, next to the British Beer Company restaurant on Route 9 at 120 Worcester Road, according to the Framingham Planning Board.
The Planning Board is scheduled to hear from the Lexington developer on its proposal for 130 Worcester Road at its meeting on December 21.
The 148-room hotel, built in 1969, is assessed at $9.6 million, according to the Framingham assessor’s database.
The restaurant, originally built in 1957, is assessed at $1.4 million according to the Framingham assessor’s database. The restaurant was once a Howard Johnson.
The project involves “demolition of an existing two story building, major improvements and building addition to the existing six story structure, a new retail use and related site improvements.”
“The project will create an improved pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly environment by improving sidewalks and providing bike racks at building entrances. The improvements proposed take positive steps towards creating a sustainable site by providing groundwater recharge, LED site lighting, and energy improvements in existing structures. While adding retail space and updating the existing uses to attract more patrons to the site, the number of rooms in the hotel will be reduced,” acording to plans submitted to the Framingham Planning Board.
The final hotel use will have 148 rooms, a reduction of 32 rooms, wrote the developer.
Site improvements will include a new drop off canopy and ADA-compliant parking spaces.
The footprint of the existing two story hotel will become new parking areas and drive aisles to provide improved circulation for the property, and overflow parking for the BBC.
“In addition to the hotel renovations, a new 6,000 sf, free standing retail building is proposed,” wrote the applicant to the Planning Board.
It appears from the plans submitted that the BBC restaurant would remain.
“The existing BBC restaurant will be restored where existing structures were attached to it,” wrote the applicant.
Photo courtesy of the Framingham Planning Board