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Faces Nightclub – Soon To Be Apartments?

Anyone who’s driven into the city via Route 2 for the last twenty years or so has wondered about the eyesore on the right side of the highway as you enter Cambridge.

Faces nightclub, once a popular disco, has been abandoned for some twenty years.  Increasingly shabby, it’s a terrible way to welcome people to Cambridge.  “When will Faces be torn down?” has been asked innumerable times.  Turns out that Faces site may be destined for apartments.

Arthur D. Little Office Building Is No More. Is Faces Next?

Arthur D. Little Office Building Is No More. Is Faces Next?

A week or so ago while on our weekly real estate tour we thought it had been torn down as we drove past on Route 2.  We must not have been paying attention, however, because after circling back it turned out that it was the old Arthur D. Little office building that had just been reduced to rubble.

Is Faces next?  Lately the old Faces sign has been wrapped in plastic.  Far more promising, though is the recent Cambridge Planning Board meeting in February where developers presented plans for rental housing to be built on the Faces site.

Criterion Development Partners came before the Planning Board to introduce their plans to build a 227-unit apartment building on the site. There would be studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments in the four story complex.  The development team would buy the Faces site from long-time owners the Martignettis.

The Faces site is complicated because of the flood plain and wetlands.  The developers talked about how the design of the complex addresses those issues.   The apartment building will be constructed with green building standards and there is an emphasis on the use of public transportation and bicycle use, capitalizing on the proximity of the Alewife MBTA stop and the bike path.  The developers proposed that residents will be given a three month Charlie Card subway pass and there will be bike storage and a bicycle sharing program for tenants.

The Planning Board had plenty of questions for the developers but it was clear that everyone looks forward to the day that Faces is torn down.

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