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Patriot Place Gets OK For Expansion; Kraft Group, Foxboro Still At Odds Over Insurance

A Marriott brand hotel is most likely to be built during the expansion
The Kraft Group has "secured approval for an expansion at Patriot Place that would add a 122-room hotel, quick-service restaurant and CVS to the Foxboro shopping center next to Gillette Stadium," according to Donna Goodison of the BOSTON HERALD. There is "no word on a construction timeline or cost of the project endorsed by the Foxboro Planning Board last week." Foxboro Town Planner Sharon Wason said that the "85,000-square-foot hotel will be a Marriott brand -- likely a suites hotel -- and more affordable than the existing 154-room Renaissance Hotel & Spa at Patriot Place" (BOSTON HERALD, 7/3). In Massachusetts, Frank Mortimer noted the expansion will result in "the loss of about 688 major event-day parking spaces" (Attleboro SUN CHRONICLE, 7/3).

INSURANCE POLICY: In Boston, Michele Morgan Bolton noted Saturday's MLS Revolution game at Gillette Stadium went forward "without a license, the latest in a clash between" The Kraft Group and Foxboro. Lawyers were "unable to iron out a liability insurance disagreement before a Friday deadline, after months of negotiations." Foxboro officials "held back the license for the New England Revolution game as well as those for upcoming concerts by Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift in a bid to force the company to help pay new, high deductibles on potential litigation from stadium events." The town’s insurance carrier recently "hiked the per-person deductible on the municipal policy from $7,500 to $50,000 per potential claimant, effective July 1" (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/6). Kraft Group General Counsel James Cobery said that "notifying all [Revolution] ticket holders that the event might be cancelled would invite, 'chaos,' and that cancellation of the soccer match could weaken the stadium's ability to attract events" (FOXBORO REPORTER, 7/5).
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