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CAMBRIDGE EYESORES: Here Today, Gone Soon

CAMBRIDGE EYESORES: Here Today, Gone Soon

Patrons used to rave about the shellfish and other fare the mongers at Fresh Pond Seafood sold. Julia Child was a regular customer. But even when it was open, the store's building seemed in imminent danger of collapse.

The seafood store closed in December, 2006, but the sagging, shingled shack remained at 355 Fresh Pond Parkway, a familiar sight to motorists as they drove around the nearby rotary.

But this is one Cambridge eyesore that will soon disappear from the landscape. This spring, the building is slated to be torn down to make way for a two-story, $3.3 million retail complex with 19,400 square feet and 45 parking spaces.

In January, the Cambridge Planning Board approved plans by the Brookline real estate development firm Sydney Associates, Inc., to create a complex with up to seven separate businesses on the site, possibly including a restaurant. The firm said it hoped to have the new structure ready to open by early next year.