• First bristol corporation


Total Square Footage 154,513
Total Dollar Volume $59,000,000.00


Established 1974
Website First Bristol Corporation
Phone Number 508-679-1180

Since its founding 35 years ago by President James J. Karam, First Bristol Corporation has developed in excess of 4 million square feet of retail, commercial, residential and hotel properties. This highly successful real estate development and management firm spans generations, as Vice Presidents James M. Karam and Jeffrey T. Karam work alongside their father in directing day-to-day operations.

First Bristol has developed high-quality retail shopping centers, office buildings and hotels throughout the Northeast. Partnerships include Walmart, Stop & Shop, CVS-anchored shopping centers, Bank of America and Traveler's Insurance Company, many of the largest and most successful nationally recognized brands. The firm is also a leading provider of Hilton and Marriott hotels.

First Bristol has achieved recognition for its contribution to three Massachusetts award-winning Historic Residential Rehabilitation projects: Lafayette Place, The Highlands and The Hudner Building.  In addition, Hilton Worldwide bestowed "Best National Conversion” awards to the Norwood Hampton Inn & Suites in Norwood, MA in 2006 and the Hampton Inn & Suites Providence (RI) Downtown in 2011, the only New England project so honored that year for its preservation of a historic building.

At First Bristol Corporation, we know that a successful development is a dynamic process that begins with a careful plan based on project goals, economic projections and client needs. Whether First Bristol is building or managing a development or assisting in the development and execution of a project, you are assured of a strong and proven executive team at the helm. With a core value of timeless commitment to excellence, this nationally recognized industry leader continues its upward trajectory today.

First Bristol Corporation is proficient in the application of creative and professional land-use concepts. In addition to innovative thinking relating to design layout and construction, FBC knows that the essentials for successful development projects come down to a handful of vital elements.


Hilton Garden Inn Expansion Project
- Dec 09, 2019

Cores Rising For for Hilton Garden Expansion in East Boston Concrete cores are rising for the expansion of the Hilton Garden Inn in East Boston. The upcoming 5-story addition will feature 84 new guest rooms. 25 parking spaces would be eliminated as part of the expansion, leaving a total of 321 on-site. Construction is expected to be complete sometime in 2020.

Hilton Garden Inn Expansion Project
- Oct 10, 2019

Building Permit Issued for Hilton Garden Inn Expansion in East Boston A building permit has been issued for the expansion of the Hilton Garden Inn in East Boston. The project, valued at $13.5M, will add a 5-story addition to the existing hotel to include 84 new rooms. The hotel, just minutes from Logan Airport, offers amenities including an indoor pool, fitness center, and meeting and event space.

Hilton Garden Inn Expansion Project
- Jul 30, 2017

Guest room expansion proposed to new Hilton Garden Inn in East Boston First Bristol Corporation proposes to construct an 84-room, 45,718-square-foot addition to the recently built 178-room, 105,525-square-foot Hilton Garden Inn hotel in East Boston, eliminating an approved 10,305-square-foot retail component. In a Notice of Project Change (NPC) filed with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), First Bristol explains that after three years of marketing the retail space, no potential tenants have surfaced. Given high construction costs and the current challenging retail market, First Bristol has reportedly concluded that the sites are not tenantable for restaurant or retail purposes, and now aims to construct additional hotel rooms to "build upon and strengthen the proven success of the existing hotel" per the NPC. The BPDA is now reviewing First Bristol's proposed revised project plans, which would result in a 262-room, 148,243-square-foot hotel.

Homewood Suites Worcester
- Mar 01, 2016

Ground was broken Monday (February 29th) on a new 118-room Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel in Worcester's Washington Square. The hotel site is located in downtown Worcester across from Worcester Union Station. Visible from train lines and Interstate 290, Homewood Suites Worcester will serve as a key gateway to downtown Worcester. The hotel will cater to longer-term visitors; rooms will feature kitchen and living spaces.

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Homewood Suites Worcester
Washington Square, Worcester, MA
Hilton Garden Inn Expansion Project
415 McClellan Highway, Boston, MA