Group asks Google to extend, not halve, rooftop park

An influential community planning group is asking for changes in Google Inc.’s proposal to expand its footprint in Kendall Square, after the search giant revealed more details about its plans to create an urban campus.

In a letter submitted Thursday to Cambridge city councilors and Boston Properties Inc., Google’s landlord, the East Cambridge Planning Team requested that a public rooftop garden the company would cut in half instead be extended onto an adjacent building. Google wanted to replace the garden with a new park in another location, but some neighbors objected to the loss of the public space when the plan was first presented to the Cambridge City Council last month.

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