Seven real estate developers are competing to buy the old Middlesex County Courthouse in East Cambridge.

At least two of the developers — Trinity Financial and HYM Investment Group — are looking at building residential components to any redevelopment of the 22-story complex, the Herald is reporting. One has to assume some of the other bidders, such as Boston Properties, see an office-development opportunity for the site, which isn’t too far from Kendal Square.

The building, believe it or not, still houses prisoners in its upper-stories jail. But the prisoners will soon be move to a correctional facility in Billerica.

It’s going to be interesting to see who wins the competition — and what will become of the building. The Boston area desperately needs more housing. But East Cambridge could also use more offices. We’ll see.

File under: Courthouse intrigue

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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