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March 2nd, 2012  |  Posted by: Boston Preservation Alliance

Rendering of the New Boston Hostel / Image credit: Bergmeyer Associates, Architects

We recently interviewed Drew Leff, principal of GLC Development Resources (and Boston Preservation Alliance Board Member), for our upcoming issue of the AllianceLetter. (Stay tuned – it comes out in April!) It was a great chance to learn about a very cool preservation project on Stuart Street, the conversion of the 125-year-old Dill Building into a 450-bed hostel by Hostelling International (HI). Nestled in the Theater District, the new Boston Hostel was partially financed by both State and Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits and is slated to open late Spring 2012.

The Alliance has supported the project in its application for tax credits by writing recommendation letters to the Massachusetts Historical Commission. We are certain that the project is going to be just fantastic for the area, and such a great launchpad for tourists due to its central location.  At 55,500 square feet, this will be the third largest hostel in the US, roughly twice the size of the existing hostel in Boston on Hemenway Street in the Fenway.

Oh yeah, and it’s also going to be the first LEED certified hostel in the US. Can’t beat that!

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