Cambridge Day reports some developers are actually interested in the decaying Middlesex County courthouse and jail, and that state officials will not require anybody who actually buys the thing to lop off more than half the floors, as demanded by some nearby residents. Whoever buys the structure will have to come up with a plan to remove asbestos; residents worry a developer would come in, start work, then stop work and leave them with something like the Filene's Hole across the river, only taller.
Mark Jaquith reports that the Beal Companies have withdrawn their application to build a 10-story research building just 50 feet from some homes.
The Crimson reports some East Cambridge residents are not taking kindly to the idea of having a 10-story research building built 50 feet from their property lines.
There seem to be some people spoiling for a fight at Cambridge and Fifth streets in East Cambridge.