The Crowley family, owners of the Mount Auburn Club for more than 46 years, announced that the Watertown club will remain closed and that it has been sold to a joint venture intending to develop the property for laboratory and office use.
A statement released by the Mount Auburn Club stated, “The COVID-19 crisis has created a challenging environment for the Mount Auburn Club to operate in and our long term outlook would be uncertain at best. Our family is prepared for a new stage in our lives and we will always treasure the memories and relationships we have forged with our members, guests and local community. At this time, our focus is on ensuring as smooth a transition as possible for our wonderful employees who have done so much to make the Mount Auburn Club a special place for so long.”
The property is being sold to a joint venture of an affiliate of Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. and National Development. The venture is planning a new laboratory/office development, and has collaborated on other projects in the Boston area including Longwood Center (Boston) and 15 Necco Street (former site of General Electric headquarters expansion, Boston).
Alexandria, which purchased the former athenahealth campus in Watertown in 2019, owns, operates, and develops life science, technology and agtech campuses in the top urban innovation clusters in North America. National Development is a locally based real estate investment, development, construction and management firm that has developed some of the area’s best-known mixed-use developments.
Ted Tye, Managing Partner of National Development, stated, “We look forward to working with the Watertown community on an exciting new development that is consistent with the vision for reinvigorating Coolidge Avenue. We salute the Mount Auburn Club on their many years of operation at the property and wish the Crowley family all the best.” The joint venture plans to begin discussions with the community in the coming weeks.