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BOSTON-A year and a half ago, when Cabot Cabot & Forbes decided to turn an old warehouse here in the neighborhood of Brighton into a $120 million Internet data center, it seemed like a really good idea. Once the high tech bust led the site’s tenant, Globix Corp. to back out of leasing the 425,000-sf facility it was clear that the center was an idea whose time had passed.

But Cabot is not daunted by its site, which is still a shell of a building. As GlobeSt.com reported last month, the company is looking to the biotechnology industry to fill its space. Sources from the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council had told GlobeSt.com that the building developers had been considering converting the building into biotech space to attract tenants from the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Now, reportedly, Cabot is negotiating with two tenants who need biopharmaceutical manufacturing space and biotech lab and research space.

Converting the project from its approved plan to biotech space would require new city approvals, and probably additional parking spaces as well as major aesthetic changes. Reportedly Cabot would have to spend an additional $850,000 for local roads.

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