In the early 1900s, the corner of Massachusetts and Cameron Avenues in North Cambridge is where trolleys for the original Boston street car system were stored and repaired. A hundred years later, the site has been given new life as a development named Trolley Square.
The Trolley Square development has 32 affordable rental units, 8 units sold to first-time homebuyers, commercial space, and a 42-space underground parking garage. The homes at Trolley Square open directly to the street or onto a central plaza with gardens and seating. All were built to achieve Energy Star Home standards.
The corner of the Trolley Square site includes a park designed by the City of Cambridge in collaboration with neighborhood residents. A curvilinear sculptural wall made of perforated steel, designed by artist Nancy Selvage, shelters a seating alcove in the park and also serves as a landmark at the street corner.
Trolley Square is located along the Minuteman Bikeway, “America’s revolutionary rail-trail,” an 11-mile pedestrian and bike path that spans four communities. Trolley Square also has easy access to the subway and bus system, and neighborhood shops are located in close proximity.