Wicked Local Cambridge | By Adam Sennott
April 11, 2017
One of Cambridge’s most recognizable landmarks on the Concord Turnpike will officially be replaced by an apartment complex.
The Cambridge Planning Board approved a special permits requested by Criterion Development Partners to build a 320-unit apartment complex at 195 and 211 Concord Turnpike April 4. Some of the units will be classed as “affordable housing.”
The site is currently the home of Lanes and Games and the Gateway Motel, which has been owned and operated by Tony Martignetti and his family more than 40 years. Criterion consultant Rich McKinnon said at a meeting last August that Martignetti was retiring but that Lanes and Games would stay open until bowling leagues finish in summer 2017.
This was the second of two public hearings on the proposed development since February. At the first meeting residents and board members expressed concerns about future flooding at the site. Project staff said during the presentation that the building is being constructed to protect it from floods as far out as 2070, as projected by a vulnerability assessment.
McKinnon said that if an emergency were to happen and the roads were impassable, this new apartment complex would better prepared than most in the area.
“I’m convinced that this building, unlike many of the buildings in the evacuated area, would be one where the residents would return to dry, safe homes because we’re putting the units up on the second floor,” McKinnon said.
There would also be installations down the road at the flood gates, McKinnon said.
“Even their cars would be secure in the garage,” McKinnon said