Ames Street Developments
Ames Street in Kendall Square is undergoing a transformation. Originally built as a wide access road serving two parking garages and loading areas, one infill development project is complete, and two projects including a new streetscape design is underway. This will allow the northern block of Ames Street to evolve into an active urban space.
Boston Properties is constructing a 200,000 square-foot residential building with approximately 16,000 square feet of ground floor retail. There will be 280 units of housing (31 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 required that Boston Properties purchase a 20-foot-wide portion of the street right-of-way. Residential units will be available for occupancy in summer of 2018
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 two-way protected bicycle lane will be installed to provide a link from the 6th Street Walkway and Broadway to Main Street. New bus stops and shelters are planned for both sides of the street for EZ Ride and MBTA use.
Project Description: Ames Street Residential coUrbanize
75 Ames Street
In 2014, The Broad Institute 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.
Source: Broad Institute