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Appeals Court Ruling Confirms Grandfathering Protection for Former Cambridge Courthouse

Today the Appeals Court decided Gund v. Planning Board of Cambridge. That case concerns the former location of the Middlesex Superior Court, an asbestos-filled, anomalous sky-scraper near Lechmere in Cambridge. The building, which does not comply with zoning, has been sold to a developer. At issue was whether the court house is a preexisting, nonconforming structure under G.L. c. 40A, ยง 6 and the local zoning ordinance. If so, it is grandfathered for purposes of zoning and eligible for a special permit for its proposed redevelopment.

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