BioMed Realty buys Assembly Square site in Somerville, Massachusetts

BioMed Realty buys Assembly Square site in Somerville, Massachusetts
Assembly Square Site in Somerville, Massachusetts. Photo: BioMed Realty

Blackstone portfolio company BioMed Realty has acquired an existing 162,000 square foot office building and adjacent 7.5 acre site at Assembly Square in Somerville, Massachusetts.

The Assembly Square campus will be developed in phases and represents a total of 1.3 million square feet of best-in-class, purpose-built innovation space for research, technology, and life science tenants.

“Our vision for the Assembly Square location is to create a premier innovation campus where science and technology intersects,” said Sal Zinno, Vice President with BioMed Realty. “With close proximity to downtown Boston, the airport, a major interstate highway, public transit and adjacent amenities including restaurants, entertainment and new retail, it’s an ideal location and size for a large life science company to establish a prominent headquarters.”

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“We are excited to welcome BioMed Realty as a new innovator in the Assembly Square tech ecosystem,” said Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone. “Having a world-leading life science developer launch this new major life science cluster in Somerville will open up the growth, jobs and new opportunities our community seeks. Simply put, it opens the door for our city to become a pioneer in the biotechnology space. Assembly Square will become a place where life science professionals collaborate, experiment, discover and advance the nation’s – and world’s – efforts to tackle vital health challenges.”

“As the life science industry continues to grow in Massachusetts, BioMed Realty’s Assembly Square location is filling an important need for the increasing number of biopharma companies who are looking to locate to the Boston region,” said Kendalle Burlin O’Connell, President & COO of MassBio. “Thriving mini-clusters in highly desirable and centrally located places like Somerville help ensure our members can thrive and bring new therapies and cures to patients faster.”

The design of the initial phases of the 1.3 million square feet project are well underway, and upon completion, will consist of R&D, innovation and retail space, in addition to a roof deck and open public recreation and amenity areas.