At a contentious four-hour hearing, the Board of Zoning Appeal refused to approve the height of 2072 Massachusetts Ave., a North Cambridge affordable housing project, arguing that its nine stories on the avenue was too tall and trying to get the developers to bring the building down to six.
A nine-story building with all affordable apartments – 49 in all, of which 71 percent are for families – arrives Thursday before the Board of Zoning Appeal with a positive recommendation from planning officials, but some riled-up neighbors and serious concerns from one city councillor.
A construction moratorium early in the pandemic and new safety requirements for workers will cost the Cambridge Housing Authority at least $1.4 million in extra expenses for renovations at three sites. The housing authority isn’t the only developer affected by pandemic-related cost increases.
The life sciences real estate development company that bought the 26-acre Alewife Park from GCP Applied Technologies in July for $125 million just dropped another $54 million on a property next door: One Alewife Center, a 90,000-square-foot four-story office property on an additional acre.