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Cambridge plan for Google tabled

A development that would clear the way for a major expansion of Google’s offices in Kendall Square surfaced before the Cambridge City Council last night but was tabled amid questions.

Boston Properties Limited Partnership proposed a 25,000-square-foot building to connect existing buildings at Four and Five Cambridge Center, where Google has office space.

The connector building is part of a larger project being undertaken in connection with the leasing of 300,000 square feet to Google Inc. at Three, Four, and Five Cambridge Center. Boston Properties said in a letter to the city that Google has outgrown its space at Three and Five Cambridge Center and is looking to “create an urban campus.’’


Stephen Vinter, an engineering and site director for Google in Cambridge, attended the meeting but declined to comment.

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If the Boston Properties proposal is approved, the development would result in a reduction of more than 18,000 square feet of public open space created by covenants Boston Properties has with the city. The open space that would be lost is a rooftop park on the East Garage. Boston Properties would, however, create a new urban park on more than an acre owned by the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority.

But the rooftop open space was a concern at the meeting.

City Councilor Tim Toomey said the project has not been through a community process and he was disappointed at the way it came before the council.

Michael Cantalupa, of Boston Properties, requested the proposal be tabled until the developer can address planning teams for East Cambridge and Kendall and Central squares.


City Manager Robert Healy called the plan an “exciting economic development opportunity.’’