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'Faces' to get one last hurrah before the bulldozer

Posted by Brock Parker  August 2, 2011 04:57 PM

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It’s an abandoned old eyesore, but the Faces discotheque has one more party left in it.

Developers of a 227-unit apartment building planned for the Route 2 site of the old nightclub in Cambridge say they are planning a party to celebrate the discotheque's demolition, which is expected to begin at the end of this month or the first week of September.

“We can have a tent, we can have appetizers,” said Rich McKinnon, president of McKinnon Company which is partnering with Criterion Development Partners for the apartment building. “We are going to have a lot of people there that have met their husbands and wives [at Faces].”

The dilapidated nightclub has been an eyesore since it was vacated in 1990. Even the sight of the tall Faces sign on the property was so unbearable that neighbors requested the developers cover it up with a tarp earlier this year.

After years of hoping the site would be redeveloped, the Cambridge Planning Board approved plans for the apartment building in March, and McKinnon said the development team is pushing to get its building permit for the property so they can safely takeover ownership from the Martignetti family, which also owns the neighboring Lanes and Games bowling alley and the Cambridge Gateway Inn.

McKinnon said the old nightclub will likely be bulldozed to the ground since it is not a tall building, and the demolition work, including work on the foundation, will take about three to four weeks.

Construction of the apartment complex will then begin immediately and will take about 22 months, he said.

But first, the city requested a demolition party, and it will probably be a catered affair, McKinnon said.

“The city is good and sick of it,” he said.

--Brock.globe@gmail.com

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