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Bostonís First African American Owned Hotel - the New
175 room Hampton Inn & Suites Boston Crosstown
Center Set to Open

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BOSTON, MA - April 12, 2004 - The new Hampton Inn & Suites at Boston Crosstown Center has announced it has hired minorities to five of the hotelís top seven senior management positions.   Opening in June 2004, Hampton Inn & Suites is located at 811 Massachusetts Avenue, off Exit 18 on I-93, across from Boston Medical Center and close to the Longwood Medical Area.

The 175-room Hampton Inn & Suites is being developed and is owned by a partnership that includes Boston developers Kirk Sykes, Tom Welch, Gene Sisco and Corcoran Jennison Company.  A majority of the hotelís owners are African American, making this Bostonís only 


Hampton Inn & Suites at Boston Crosstown Center
811 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts
African American owned hotel. Kirk Sykes is a board member of The National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers (NABHOOD) This is one of only 37 African American owned hotels, less than 2%, of the nearly 2,100 hotel properties within the Hilton Family of Hotels. 

The hotel announced last month the hiring of Phillip Tucker as General Manager. 

In addition to Mr. Tucker, the Crosstown Hampton announces the following positions have been filled; Wanda Green, Director of Human Resources; Charice Cleckley, Accounting Manager; Palmira Teixeira, Executive Housekeeper; and Fred Newton, Chief Engineer. 

The Hampton Inn & Suites at Boston Crosstown Center is located in the Boston Empowerment Zone.  To date, Crosstown in conjunction Boston Connects, Inc. has facilitated job placement for 140 Boston Empowerment Zone residents including sixteen union apprenticeships.  Forty-one percent of the total workforce hours on the project has been completed by residents of the City of Boston, 36% percent of the total hours have been completed by minority trades people and 6% of the total workforce hours have been completed by women. 

The opening of the hotel and a 650-space parking garage, which opened March 1, 2004, will complete Phase I of the Crosstown Center project. 

The sleek urban design and moderately priced Hampton Inn & Suites hotel is one of the fastest growing hotel brands in the country.  Its core business will be business and leisure travelers, many loyal to the Hampton brand, looking for an in-town location and a convenient getaway.

The Hampton Inn & Suites at Crosstown Center includes a lobby café featuring the legendary Hampton complimentary breakfast buffet.  Fifty-six studio suites have microwave ovens, in-room refrigerators, wet bars, wireless high-speed internet, in-room movies-on-command, and free local calling.  Amenities include a rooftop pool and fitness center. 

Phase II of the Crosstown project will consist a 282,000 square foot office building, 33,000 square feet of retail, and an additional parking garage for 600 cars. 

The hotel is being managed by Corcoran Jennison Hospitality, LLC.   Construction is being provided by CorJen Construction, LLC. 


 
 
Contact:
Andy Ingraham, President
NABHOOD
954-792-2579

Suzanne Corcoran
703/549.5115

Also See: Paramount Hotel Group Signs Management Agreement for Two Adjacent Hotels; the Hampton Inn Boston-Peabody and the Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston Peabody / Aug 2003
City of Boston Obtains $40 million from HUD Specifically for Hotel Projects; Loan Pool Designed to Speed Up Stalled Hotel Projects / August 2003


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