Saturday aggregation: Boston Properties on housing, more comedy in Central and Pfizer hoping to leave Alewife for Kendall
Catching up on some things from late this week and today:
Boston Properties “has yet to commit to housing in Kendall Square,” says Saul Tannenbaum, doing the hard work over at his Cambridge Community Television node by looking into Boston Properties’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. He notes that the company has 152 holdings, only three of which are residential, and that its intent to build housing here is ambiguous:
Despite signing a letter of commitment to Cambridge in 2010 … neither its 2010 nor its 2011 10-K submission reflect this commitment. And, while that commitment letter agreed to a series of financial penalties if construction does not commence as scheduled, this future financial risk is not noted.
Scott Wachtler, over at the Cambridge Chronicle, blogs that Nick’s Comedy Stop will be holding shows in the recently opened Moksa restaurant, bar and nightclub in Central Square — just a tiny bit more competition for Central’s ImprovBoston and Harvard Square’s Comedy Studio, but also more opportunity for comics. The schedule starts in May and looks to be Fridays and Saturdays only with some terrific local comedians taking lots of the headliner slots: Joe Wong launches the stage May 4-5; Tom Dustin is May 18-19; Kelly MacFarland rounds out the month May 25-26; and Dan Boulger starts the summer off June 1-2.
The way The Comedy Studio’s Rick Jenkins describes it, Nick’s coming across the river from Boston for weekend shows looks less like competition and more like opening a pressure valve. Shows at the Studio have been packed on Saturday nights, Jenkins said recently, often selling out by the Tuesday before.
Charles Marquardt flags a report by the Boston Business Journal saying Pfizer is continuing its consolidation into Kendall Square by seeking to sell offices near Alewife and move 700 workers to space in Kendall leased from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The company is already moving two divisions to Cambridge from Groton, Conn., the Journal says.