Ames Street ReDevelopments
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 area.
Ames Street Streetscape
Ames Street has been reconfigured to reinforce bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. Once a four-lane street, it has been reduced to two-lanes with a two-way protected bicycle track on the east side of the street. On-street parking will separate the bicycle lane from vehicle travel, and the path will connect across Broadway to the 6th Street Walkway, currently under construction. Bikes will cross using new bicycle signals.
Two new bus stops will be added to Ames Street for the CT2 and EZ Ride routes. These stops relocated from Main Street make the CT2 and EZ Ride buses more efficient, and will reduce the bus' running times by several minutes. One new bus stop will be located on the west side of Ames Street, and the second will be a "floating bus stop" on the east side of the street, meaning the stop will be separated from the sidewalk via the two-way bicycle lane.
The street will also have new street tree plantings to bolster an urban canopy, as well as planting beds along the road edge, new street lighting fixtures, street furniture and bicycle storage racks. Two new open spaces will also be developed, the first on the southern end of Ames Street in front of Legal Sea Foods. The streetscape redesign will provide for an expansion of outdoor seating and planters. On the northern end of Ames Street, on the corner of Ames and Broadway, the second open space will be created. This space will have shade-tolerant landscaping with low growing woodland plantings, statement benches, lighting fixtures and new paving.
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
Ames Residences - Proto
Boston Properties is constructing a 200,000 square-foot residential building called Proto, with approximately 16,000 square feet of ground floor retail, which will include Blue Bottle Coffee, Cava Restaurant and Bank of America. 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. A few floors of residential units are now occupied, and another set of residential units will be made available to rent in late summer/early fall of 2018.
75 Ames Street - The Broad Institute
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