Google has been known for wanting to expand its presence in The Greater Boston Area for quite some time now, both in terms of personnel (currently around eight hundred workers) and real estate possessions. We once reported about their hopes for expanding their expansive urban campus in Cambridges Kendall Square at four and five Cambridge Center. However, there appears to have been a halt that has come up in these plans.
Boston Properties, the landlord for Google at this location, wishes to connect the two aforementioned buildings at Cambridge Center via a glass enclosed bridge. While this would make the two buildings essentially one and would make things far more efficient for Google, city officials are stalling at the idea. The main issue is that this proposal would cut off 18,000 square feet of a rooftop garden that has been described as a hidden gem in the area. Boston Properties has concluded that in response they will build a 47,000 square foot park on Binney Street. Although to them this seems like a very valid and honest trade off, city officials are sharing that the community simply wants the opportunity to have a say in the matter when it comes to a green space that workers in the area have grown to love.
More Information: Boston Herald