Ames Street Developments
Ames Street in Kendall Square is undergoing a transformation. Originally built as a wide road access road serving two parking garages and loading areas, two infill development are underway and a new streetscape plan is in design, which will allow the northern block of Ames Street to evolve into an active urban space.
75 Ames Street
The Broad Institute has expanded their research facility with a 280-foot high, 270,000 square-foot, mixed laboratory and office building. This is a vertically integrated bio-technology building with a significant portion of the structure over the Cambridge Center West Parking Garage. On the ground floor, Ames St. Deli and Study, two restaurants with a shared kitchen, opened in the Fall of 2014.
Source: Broad Institute
Boston Properties is designing a 200,000 square-foot residential building with approximately 9,000 square feet of ground floor retail. There will be 280 units of housing (36 units will be rented at below-market rates per the city’s Inclusionary Housing Policy) delivering much needed housing for knowledge-based workers who are employed by growing companies in the Kendall Square area. The project has required that Boston Properties purchase a 20-foot-wide portion of the street right-of-way.
CDD Projects: Ames Street Land Disposition
Ames Street Streetscape
The redesign of Ames Street seeks to transform one block of Ames Street from a service street to a more active, pedestrian-friendly streetscape with active ground floor uses and public plaza spaces on both sides of the street, thereby greatly improving the pedestrian experience. A protected bicycle lane will be installed to provide a link from the 6th Street Walkway and Broadway to Main Street.