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by Andrea Doyle | November 16, 2012

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) has issued request-for-proposals seeking development teams for two privately financed mid-priced hotels totaling between 400 and 500 rooms on approximately three of the 5.6 acres of land the MCCA recently purchased near the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.
 Proposals are due January 7, 2013, with groundbreaking for the new hotels scheduled to take place by late 2013 and completion by 2015. 
The MCCA expects the two hotels to be built next to each other, and benefit from sharing certain facilities, such as fitness rooms, kitchens, and service areas. The MCCA is requiring that the hotels include leasable ground floor retail or restaurant space in a move aimed at activating the entire D Street corridor in the thriving South Boston Waterfront.