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Development company plans transformation for historic Boston hotel

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IQHQ plans to transform Boston’s historic Hotel Buckminster into ‘life science campus’

A Boston landmark closed by the COVID-19 pandemic could soon be converted to a new purpose under a plan announced Wednesday morning. The Hotel Buckminster closed on March 20, 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and a few months later the hotel’s managers decided the Kenmore Square landmark would not reopen.The Buckminster was the site where the infamous 1919 Black Sox scandal was hatched, according to the hotel’s website. Its famed jazz club, “Storyville,” hosted the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and other legendary musicians.IQHQ, a developer that specializes in life science facilities, announced that it had acquired the triangular property at the intersection of Brookline Avenue and Beacon Street. The company said it fits strategically with their nearby projects at 109 Brookline Avenue and 20 Overland Street, as well as major plans to redevelop the neighborhood around Fenway Park. “The Buckminster represents an opportunity to enhance IQHQ’s vision to develop a vibrant life science district that runs from Kenmore Square through the Fenway to the premier research, academic and medical institutes in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area,” John Bonanno, Chief Development Officer of IQHQ, said in a statement. “We are excited about the promise this central and evolving location holds to connect these prominent neighborhoods and institutions.” The company didn’t specify its specific plans for the Buckminster or disclose the purchase price.

A Boston landmark closed by the COVID-19 pandemic could soon be converted to a new purpose under a plan announced Wednesday morning.

The Hotel Buckminster closed on March 20, 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and a few months later the hotel’s managers decided the Kenmore Square landmark would not reopen.

The Buckminster was the site where the infamous 1919 Black Sox scandal was hatched, according to the hotel’s website. Its famed jazz club, “Storyville,” hosted the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and other legendary musicians.

IQHQ, a developer that specializes in life science facilities, announced that it had acquired the triangular property at the intersection of Brookline Avenue and Beacon Street. The company said it fits strategically with their nearby projects at 109 Brookline Avenue and 20 Overland Street, as well as major plans to redevelop the neighborhood around Fenway Park.

“The Buckminster represents an opportunity to enhance IQHQ’s vision to develop a vibrant life science district that runs from Kenmore Square through the Fenway to the premier research, academic and medical institutes in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area,” John Bonanno, Chief Development Officer of IQHQ, said in a statement. “We are excited about the promise this central and evolving location holds to connect these prominent neighborhoods and institutions.”

The company didn’t specify its specific plans for the Buckminster or disclose the purchase price.

https://www.wcvb.com/article/boston-hotel-buckminster-iqhq-life-science-campus-plan-announcement/38148502