Chain Forge Hotel Update
BPDA Amends Ground Lease on Chain Forge Hotel To Allow Additional Time for Financing
The BPDA has voted to approve an amendment to the existing ground lease for the Chain Forge property in Charlestown to allow the development team additional time to secure financing. According to the BPDA staff, the team is in talks with two investors to finalize opportunity zone funding. A 60-day extension was granted by the board through November 30th. The developers also agreed to pay a fee of $250,000 due to the delays.
The Chain Forge Building, a 1904-built former chain factory has been vacant since 1974. Plans call for it to be redeveloped into a distinctive 230-room hotel operated by Starwood Hotels. The building's existing facade will be thoroughly restored, and a historic exhibit area will be incorporated into the hotel's lobby, preserving the building's manufacturing heritage.