Construction has started on Mass + Main, a project that will add three buildings and 306 apartments to Cambridge’s Central Square.
One of those buildings will run to 19 stories and 195 feet, placing it among the tallest in Cambridge (though a proposal down the road in Kendall Square might render that height quaint in a bit).
The construction caps years of planning by developer Twining Properties. The project also overcame objections from some locals, including members of a neighboring Elks Lodge, concerned about the project’s scope.
Mass + Main will, indeed, represent a big change for the area. As the Globe’s Tim Logan points out: “The look of Massachusetts Avenue in Central Square hasn’t changed much for decades, with its mishmash of squat storefronts and low-rise brick buildings from an earlier time.”
Twining plans to wrap construction by fall 2019. CBT Architects designed the project.