Cambridge’s Sullivan Courthouse saga twists yet again

Redevelopment push dates from 2012

Curbed Boston | By Tom Acitelli
October 11, 2016

sullivan-courtThe seemingly never-ending story of the redevelopment of the old Edward J. Sullivan Courthouse in East Cambridge has taken yet another turn.

Recall that developer Leggat McCall won a state O.K. in 2012 to convert the 22-story former jail and courthouse to office and retail space, including a health club and a small grocery store. Community opposition to the all-commercial plan, however, soon drove the developer to add 24 apartments

Then community opposition led Leggat McCall to agree to chop two floors from its plans. It appeared things might be moving forward following those concessions. Then four property owners abutting the courthouse site at 40 Thorndike Street sued Leggat McCall in Massachusetts Land Court. That case has wended its way to appeal.

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