Monday, June 2, 2008

Hynes Convention Center to get retail space

The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority will be holding an open public meeting on Tuesday, June 10 from 6pm to 8pm in room 112 to present the proposed introduction of retail and restaurant space at the Hynes Convention Center and to discuss interior renovation plans.

The proposed retail space will be located in two areas. The first space will span two levels and will be located along Boylston Street at the east corner of the building adjacent to the Prudential Plaza.

The second space will be entirely on one level located along the west corner at Dalton and Boylston Street.

Each of these spaces will be approximately 10,000 square feet. The 20,000 total square feet in retail or restaurant venues will generate additional revenue for the Hynes and enliven Boylston Street without interrupting or negatively impacting convention bookings or business.

The proposed plan also includes updates to the facility’s security, technology and audio/visual capabilities, interior design and new environmentally friendly renovations.

This is the first major renovations done at the Hynes since it opened as a convention center in 1988.