BOSTON-A first-time Boston developer is set to make a huge splash this Fall when he breaks ground on one of the most exclusive hotel and condominium projects this city has seen in years. The 500,000 sf mixed use development, which will be located on Boylston Street at the Prudential Center, will be comprised of a five-star, 168-room Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 50 upscale condominium residences and 30,000 sf of first and second floor retail space, according to former Four Seasons Hotel general manager Robin Brown, who is developing the $240 million project.

“It’s extraordinary,” Brown tells It will be the first development project for Brown, who has partnered with Boston developers Julian Cohen and Stephen Weiner, and it is already attracting interest. Even before the first shovel of dirt has been lifted from the ground, 44 of the 50 condominiums have been sold at prices ranging from $2 million to $12 million. The condos, called the Residences at Mandarin Oriental, will feature dining rooms with caterer-ready kitchens, private terraces and parking and roof gardens and private elevators for penthouse owners. Brown said the project will be constructed in phases with completion slated for the Fall of 2007.

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