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‘The next Kendall Squares,’ mapped

Everybody wants to mimic the super successful Cambridge technology hub—or so it seems

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It is a testament to the Cambridge hub’s success that just about every third major mixed-use development in the Boston area says it wants to be some variant of “the next Kendall Square.”

What’s that mean? Usually it has something to do with hosting myriad major technology companies. Kendall has those in spades—Google announced a major expansion there as recently as mid-February. It also usually has to do with proximity to mass transit—there’s a Red Line stop at Kendall and several buses book through regularly.

Here are the pretenders to that sort of throne, based on media reports and public filings. And stay tuned: This map will surely have to be updated.

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1. The Hartwell Innovation Campus

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115 Hartwell Ave
Lexington, MA 02421

This cluster of life science buildings in Lexington dates from mid-decade.

Its developer moved forward with the project under the assumption that companies priced out of Kendall would move here.

2. NEXUS at the Allston Innovation Corridor

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280 Western Ave
Allston, MA 02134

A group of developers has proposed constructing a three-building, 607,900-square-foot biotechnology and life sciences hub on more than 4 acres along Western Avenue. It’s supposed to have housing, too.

Rendering via BPDA

3. Union Square

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Union Square
Somerville, MA 02143

This Somerville neighborhood is due for a Green Line stop early next decade. Partly because of that, it’s already being talked of as a tech hub of national import.

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4. Exchange South End

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591 Albany St
Boston, MA 02118

The Globe in August 2018 called this replacement for the Boston Flower Exchange a “massive Kendall Square-like development.”

It’s hard to argue: The 5.6-acre parcel is due to have hundreds of thousands of square feet of commercial, technology, and life science research space as well as business-incubator space.

An aerial view of Exchange South End in Boston. There is a wide street flanked by various buildings. Rendering via the Abbey Group

5. UMass Boston Bayside

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UMass Boston Bayside, 180 Mt Vernon St
Boston, MA 02125

University of Massachusetts officials are on the record saying they want a developer to create a kind of Kendall-like corporate campus on this 20-acre site near the JFK/UMass Red Line stop.

Construction equipment demolishing an old mall site. Boston Globe via Getty Images

6. Suffolk Downs

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525 William F McClellan Hwy
Boston, MA 02128

The 161-acre former racetrack site near two Blue Line stops was very, very likely going to host an Amazon campus had the e-commerce behemoth picked the Boston area for its second HQ.

That didn’t happen. But the track’s owner is still planning a mammoth mixed-use development there—possibly with lab space.

An aerial view of a large park space. There are buildings on the perimeter of the park space. Ed Kohler/Flickr

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1. The Hartwell Innovation Campus

115 Hartwell Ave, Lexington, MA 02421

This cluster of life science buildings in Lexington dates from mid-decade.

Its developer moved forward with the project under the assumption that companies priced out of Kendall would move here.

115 Hartwell Ave
Lexington, MA 02421

2. NEXUS at the Allston Innovation Corridor

280 Western Ave, Allston, MA 02134
Rendering via BPDA

A group of developers has proposed constructing a three-building, 607,900-square-foot biotechnology and life sciences hub on more than 4 acres along Western Avenue. It’s supposed to have housing, too.

280 Western Ave
Allston, MA 02134

3. Union Square

Union Square, Somerville, MA 02143
Micha Weber/Shutterstock

This Somerville neighborhood is due for a Green Line stop early next decade. Partly because of that, it’s already being talked of as a tech hub of national import.

Union Square
Somerville, MA 02143

4. Exchange South End

591 Albany St, Boston, MA 02118
An aerial view of Exchange South End in Boston. There is a wide street flanked by various buildings. Rendering via the Abbey Group

The Globe in August 2018 called this replacement for the Boston Flower Exchange a “massive Kendall Square-like development.”

It’s hard to argue: The 5.6-acre parcel is due to have hundreds of thousands of square feet of commercial, technology, and life science research space as well as business-incubator space.

591 Albany St
Boston, MA 02118

5. UMass Boston Bayside

UMass Boston Bayside, 180 Mt Vernon St, Boston, MA 02125
Construction equipment demolishing an old mall site. Boston Globe via Getty Images

University of Massachusetts officials are on the record saying they want a developer to create a kind of Kendall-like corporate campus on this 20-acre site near the JFK/UMass Red Line stop.

UMass Boston Bayside, 180 Mt Vernon St
Boston, MA 02125

6. Suffolk Downs

525 William F McClellan Hwy, Boston, MA 02128
An aerial view of a large park space. There are buildings on the perimeter of the park space. Ed Kohler/Flickr

The 161-acre former racetrack site near two Blue Line stops was very, very likely going to host an Amazon campus had the e-commerce behemoth picked the Boston area for its second HQ.

That didn’t happen. But the track’s owner is still planning a mammoth mixed-use development there—possibly with lab space.

525 William F McClellan Hwy
Boston, MA 02128