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 protected bicycle lane will be installed to provide a link from the 6th Street Walkway and Broadway to Main Street.
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