The ongoing soap opera that is the redevelopment of the aged Edward J. Sullivan Courthouse in East Cambridge has taken another surprising plot twist. After arguing in March that chopping the height of the existing tower in any redevelopment "was simply not economically viable," developer Leggat-McCall now says it is willing to consider cutting two floors if it means the project, which includes 24 apartments as well as office and retail space, can move forward.
From Marc Levy at Cambridge Day: "Robert Dickey, an executive vice president and partner at the firm, revealed the offer—surprising even some councilors—and described it and other design changes as the result of more than six weeks' of discussion with residents in a working group organized by Councilor Tim Toomey. The group meets again Thursday."
It all basically means that the oft-delayed project, in a city that desperately needs new housing last week, remains on the drawing board, if not in legal limbo. Stay tuned.
· Lawsuit on Courthouse Called 'Inevitable' [Day]
· Sullivan Courthouse Developer on Chopping the Height [Curbed Boston]
· East Cambridge's Sullivan Courthouse: Yeah, Apartments [Curbed Boston]
· Cambridge's Thousands of New Homes Probably Not Enough [Curbed Boston]
· Our complete Sullivan Courthouse coverage [Curbed Boston]