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Plans Approved to Open Former Ames Hotel as Dorm

The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) board has approved a plan for Suffolk University to convert the former Ames Hotel into a 300-bed student dormitory.

In September, the university acquired the former luxury hotel for $63.5 million with plans to convert it into a dorm in time for the 2020-2021 school year. The property was built in the early 1890s as an office building.

At its first ever remote public hearing, the BPDA board approved the conversion of the 114-room hotel building into student housing.

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David Cohen is Southeast Editorial Director at Connect Commercial Real Estate. David is a media veteran with more than 10 years of experience in journalism, copywriting and communications across a variety of roles. He is responsible for covering commercial real estate news and trends in the Southeast, Florida, Washington D.C. and Boston at Connect CRE as well as specializing in the Student Housing sector. Prior to joining Connect, David was the editor of Northeast Real Estate Business magazine and Student Housing Business magazine at France Media as well as spending time freelancing for ESPN and the Associated Press in the fast-paced field of live sports event production. He is also an owner and investor in multifamily real estate in Atlanta, GA. David currently resides in Atlanta and graduated from the College of Communication & Information at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.