Officials in Cambridge, Mass., last week began reviewing a request by real estate developer Beal Companies to rezone land north of its One Kendall Square mixed-use complex into a separate project that would feature more laboratory and other commercial uses, and less residential space, than the city currently allows.

The proposal seeks to enable Beal "to target both" smaller and larger potential users for the lab space, Peter Spellios, senior vice president and general counsel for the company, told BioRegion News last week.

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