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Big Things Coming to NorthPoint

I have to admit, I’ve never been particularly enamored with the existing condos over at NorthPoint. Sure, they’re open, airy and modern with nice finishes, but there’s no getting around the fact that, although they’re right next to East Cambridge and just across the river from Boston, they’re cut off by Monsignor O’Brien Highway & the Charles, so you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. But that’s all going to change…

Last week I attended a presentation by The HYM Investment Group –the new NorthPoint developers– and if what they’re planning comes to fruition, this area is going to be hopping and a great addition to the city of Cambridge. Here’s an idea of what we can expect:

  1. 3 million square feet of residential space — likely 2,800 – 2,900 units — a mix of condos and rental units (FYI, the Archstone building at NorthPoint now is one of the top-performing properties in the Boston area, with high rents and full capacity.)

  2. 2 million square feet of commercial space — a mix of street-level retail

  3. Lots of small parks scattered among the buildings, including some kind of dog run area (Apparently the biggest request the developers are getting from the tech companies they’re courting for the area is office space that would allow employees to bring their dogs to work — love it!)

  4. A “high-end” grocery store

  5. A year-round public market  (like an indoor farmer’s market)– East Cambridge residents have been pushing for this for a while now, and the developers are working with them to make it happen

  6. A better pedestrian crossing over Monsignor O’Brien to connect the area with East Cambridge

  7. A plaza with retail near the new Lechmere station (“Lechmere Square”)

  8. All buildings are targeting LEED Silver designations, at a minimum, and some will go for LEED Gold


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