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Google Expands Boston Footprint with Long-Term Kendall Center Lease

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Google signed a 15-year lease with Boston Properties to anchor the redevelopment of 325 Main street at Kendall Center in Cambridge, Mass. Construction is set to begin later this year, and wrap up in 2022.

The ground-up redevelopment project will replace the existing four-story, 115,361-square-foot property with a 16-story mixed-use building that will encompass roughly 400,000 square feet, including retail space. The new building will be connected to Google’s existing space at 355 Main St. Plans also incorporate public perks like access to the Kendall Square Roof Garden from street level, improved pedestrian experience along Main Street and on the adjacent Kendall Plaza, as well as increased programming both at the Roof Garden and on the Plaza.

Kendall Center, 325 Main Street, Cambridge, Boston, Massachusetts

Kendall Center, 325 Main Street, Cambridge, Boston, Mass.

According to the Boston Business Journal, initial plans also included the addition of new Cambridge coworking space in a neighboring building, where nonprofits working to provide education to underrepresented groups in tech can teach and collaborate. Google also announced contributions to the community in the form of three grants: one to the Cambridge Public Library to create a mobile computing “tech bar,” one to the Tech Talent Exchange, a Skillworks pilot program to partner on an IT/tech workforce development program, and one to the Cambridge Housing Authority for a remodel of the authority’s Windsor Street computer lab.

Kendall Center, 325 Main Street, Cambridge, Boston, Massachusetts

Kendall Center, 325 Main Street, Cambridge

Boston Properties has been the designated master developer of the Kendall Center redevelopment project since the late 1970s. Google established a presence in Cambridge in 2013 and has since grown to employ over 1,500 people, working on major projects like Search, Android, Cloud, YouTube, Google Play, and more. The Mountain View-based tech company will occupy 362,000 square feet of the new Kendall Center office space. According to Boston Properties, that rounds up the developer’s collaboration with Google to over 800,000 square feet of leased office space.

Bryan Koop, executive VP at BP, stated: “We’re thrilled that Google continues to grow within our Kendall Center properties. Their presence adds to the dynamic innovative spirit of the Kendall Square ecosystem and we look forward to building Google’s newest home.”

Google Cambridge Site Lead Brian Cusack added: “This new space will provide room for future growth and further cements our commitment to the Cambridge community. We’re proud to call this city home and will continue to support its vibrant nonprofit and growing business community.”

Property images courtesy of Yardi Matrix.

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