A four phase 1.9 million square foot development is being planned across from Assembly Row in East Somerville. Construction of phase one is expected to commence in spring 2017. The developer is RD Management and not FRIT (the developer of the rest of Assembly Row and the adjacent strip mall). Up until a few years ago this site had a movie theatre. Currently it holds one small office building on the corner of the site that will be retained.
http://www.bldup.com/projects/5-middlesex-avenuePhase 1 (Block 21): Five-story mixed-use building containing a 188-room hotel, 147 residential units and ground-floor retail facing public open space at the center of the site. Phase 1 would also construct 233 surface and subsurface parking spaces.
Phase 2 (Block 22): 20-story tower containing 14 stories and 480,000 square feet of Class A office/lab space above a six-story podium. The podium would contain two levels and 31,000 square feet of retail underneath four parking levels with 541 spaces.
Phase 3 (Block 23): Two 19-story, 1 million square foot office towers connected by a link. These towers would also sit above a retail and parking podium.
Phase 4 (Block 25): Five-story mixed-use building containing 72 residential units, 16,000 square feet of retail and a 100-car parking garage