Former Navy Yard Chain-Making Factory Coming Back to Life as 230-Key Hotel

Kavanagh Advisory Group, a real estate developer based in Danvers, is set to breathe new life into a former chain-making factory in one of Boston’s historic neighborhoods.

Kavanagh Advisory Group, a real estate developer based in Danvers, is set to breathe new life into a former chain-making factory in one of Boston’s historic neighborhoods.

Rendering of the new Chain Forge Hotel in the Charlestown Navy Yard - Boston

Rendering of the new Chain Forge Hotel in the Charlestown Navy Yard – Boston

Three months after the developer filed plans to reconvert the blighted Chain Forge Building situated at 105 1st Ave. in the Historic Monument Area of the Charlestown Navy Yard, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) voted in favor of the project and construction is now imminent at the site.

According to the Project Notification Form that was submitted for approval in December last year, Kavanagh will transform the 110-year-old industrial facility—which was listed in 1966 on the National Register of Historic Places—into a 230-key limited service and extended stay hotel that will also include approximately 6,000 square feet of restaurant space.

Designed by Bargmann Hendrie + Archetype, Inc. (BH+A) of Boston, the 180,000-square-foot hotel project will take shape within the existing building, which for nearly seven decades provided massive anchor chains to the U.S. Navy. The project is estimated to cost $85 million, according to the proposal filed with the BRA. The new hotel will take 24 months to build, with construction scheduled to start this summer and wrap up by October 2017. Once open, the new Chain Forge Hotel will feature a lobby area, conference rooms, a swimming pool and fitness center, as well as historical exhibit space showcasing the site’s prior industrial uses. This area will be located within the lobby atrium and will allow hotel guests and visitors to view 38 pieces of historical machinery used in the chain-making process and retained onsite as an interpretive exhibition.

According to The Boston Globe, the BRA took over the Chain Forge Building—or Building 105, as it was known by Navy personnel—in 1978, after the Navy vacated the site. The authority will sign a long-term lease with the developer prior to start of construction.

Elsewhere in the Charlestown Navy Yard, Kavanagh Advisory Group has recently completed a 54-unit residential project at the corner of 1st Ave. and 9th St. Called Starboard Place, the luxury complex was also designed by a team of BH+A architects to replace the former J.J. Daly Co.’s 120,000-square-foot warehouse which was left vacant in 2008, when the company was shut down.

Rendering courtesy of Kavanagh Advisory Group