May 16, 2024 - News

What's going up: New offices and bigger food halls

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

A Chestnut Hill office park is set for a $41 million overhaul as Brookline considers rezoning the area.

  • The four buildings on 5.3 acres along Route 9 could become the site of a hotel, science labs, housing and some retail space.

The CambridgeSide mixed-use development, formerly the CambridgeSide mall, is opening a new "food hall," a collection of eateries formerly referred to as a food court.

  • 14 stalls will fill the CanalSide Food + Drink with familiar counters like anoush'ella, Caffé Nero, DalMoros Fresh Pasta To Go and Sapporo Ramen.
  • 💭Deehan's thought bubble: Courts are fancier than halls. But food halls are fancier than food courts for some reason. Under the Scooby Doo villain mask, I think this is just a food court at a mall.

Developer Rafi is cutting back on plans to expand its Somerville Ave. properties into a humongous campus.

  • Instead of 9-to-16-story towers, Rafi is looking at much shorter buildings that include housing.
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