The Project is envisioned as a 200,000 square foot high-rise multi-family residential building with approximately 9,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. There will be approximately 240 units, and of that, 31 units will be affordable units. There will be a mix of unit types including: micro-units, studios, one-bedrooms, and two-bedrooms.
The Project aims to transform Ames Street, between Main Street and Broadway, from a service street to a more active, pedestrian friendly streetscape with active ground floor uses on both sides of the street, thereby greatly improving the pedestrian experience.
The Project benefits include: (1) the delivery of much needed housing for knowledge-based workers who are employed by growing companies in the Kendall Square area, (2) the delivery of much needed affordable housing, (3) a more active pedestrian friendly streetscape between Main Street and Broadway, (4) a street connection from Third Street to Main Street, and (5) annual real estate taxes of approximately $500,000 per year with little marginal cost to the City.
The current site is being used for a parking garage entrance, a loading dock area, sidewalk and a portion of the driving surface on Ames Street. The site is located between Legal Sea Foods and Meadhall. By narrowing the Ames Street right-of-way and inserting a residential buidling with ground floor retail, the project will create a higher quality public environment which is a key goal of the latest Kendall Square Design Guidelines completed as part of the K2C2 process.
The Project site is located in Kendall Square on the east side of Ames Street betweem Broadway and Main Street within walking distance of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) Red Line station at Kendall Square, as well as local bus service.
The City of Cambridge is proposing to dispose of approximately 8,660 square feet of land in a 20 foot wide strip along the eastern edge of Ames Street, with the condition that it would be combined with other land to enable the construction of a multi-family resiential building with ground floor retail. The developer would also be responsible for reconfiguring Ames Street above and below ground between Main Street and Broadway.
In the course of the K2C2 Study, the City created a concept plan for Ames Street between Broadway and Main Street to create a more pedestrian-scale street and enhance the environment by narrowing the street. Ames Street is currently wider than is typical for an urban street and is more oriented toward vehicle and service uses.
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