Tocci Selected by Urban Spaces as Builder for Kendall East


Tocci Selected by Urban Spaces as Builder for Kendall East

Woburn, MA (June 6, 2019) Tocci is teaming up with Urban Spaces and Perkins Eastman Architects to build a mixed-used development in Cambridge, MA. Following the demolition of several connected commercial buildings, construction has officially begun on Kendall East, the 211,000 SF, two-building development featuring both residential units and retail space. Construction of the complex is expected to be completed in 2021.

When completed, the development will be comprised of two wood frame buildings: one four-story and one six-story, constructed over steel and concrete podium. This tight urban worksite, which encompasses 97-111 First Street, 18 Hurley Street, and 21-29 Charles Street, is a short walk to Kendall Square, Lechmere Station, and Cambridge Crossing. The cumulative 136 apartments will be a mix of studio, one, two, and three-bedroom units, with 16 designated as affordable. The residential structure on First Street will feature five levels of housing, 118 luxury apartment units, and a rooftop deck. Balconies will be included on 28 of the units and two units will also feature patio spaces. The second structure at 22 Hurley Street will include 18 residential units over four stories. Eight units will have balconies and an outdoor patio space will be available to all tenants. The buildings will share two levels of below-grade parking consisting of 142 spaces and an additional 159 bicycle spaces. An expansive half acre courtyard will join the parcels, providing green space and stadium seating for the neighborhood. The development will also include a bike and pedestrian mid-block connector linking Charles and Hurley Street.

“We’re pleased to build this great project on a demanding site with an excellent architect and engineering team. Kendall East is the centerpiece of Urban Spaces’s First Street Corridor development and sets the benchmark for Cambridge’s renewal of First Street. Tocci is honored to be building with Urban Spaces,” said John Tocci, CEO of Tocci Construction Corporation.

“With office and lab space in Kendall Square and East Cambridge nearly at full occupancy, the demand for apartments in East Cambridge has never been greater,” said Paul Ognibene, CEO of Urban Spaces. “In addition to the housing and retail, Kendall East will be providing beautiful green space to the evolving First Street Corridor.”

With a blend of residential, retail, and open space, this development is adding vitality to the one mile stretch between the Lechmere MBTA station and Kendall Square, the heart of the Cambridge life science market.  

About Tocci Building Corporation

Tocci Building Corporation is a Woburn MA-based innovative construction firm, providing complete construction services for private, public, and institutional clients in the Northeast. Known for technology-informed building, Tocci’s team directs the construction process from planning to completion. Tocci is dedicated to their community, clients, and the transformation of the construction industry, one project at a time. For more information, visit Tocci.com.

About Urban Spaces, LLC


Founded in 2004, Urban Spaces is an award-winning Cambridge-based real estate development company that aspires to have a transformational effect on the communities it serves. The company develops mid-sized residential and commercial projects in growing neighborhoods that are in close proximity to public transportation, universities, and employment hubs. An entrepreneurial spirit, expertise, tenacity, and flexibility enable Urban Spaces to create and complete unique and successful development opportunities. For more information, visit UrbanSpacesLLC.com.

About Perkins Eastman

Perkins Eastman is a global design firm founded on the belief that design can have a direct and positive impact on people’s lives. The firm’s award-winning practice draws on its 1,000 professionals networked across 17 offices worldwide. By keeping the user’s needs foremost in the design process, the firm enhances the human experience across the spectrum of the built environment. For more information, visit PerkinsEastman.com.

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For additional information about this topic or Tocci Building Corporation, please contact Bart Tocci at btocci@tocci.com.



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