One of the Boston region’s longest-running development sagas appears to have ended in a Massachusetts Appeals Court’s decision in the developer’s favor.

Developer Leggat-McCall has been trying for several years to convert the shuttered Edward J. Sullivan Courthouse (and one-time jail) at 40 Thorndike Street in East Cambridge into offices and two dozen apartments.

Some locals had seized on the courthouse/jail’s June 2014 closure as an opportunity to right what they perceive as a wrong stretching back to the 22-story tower’s construction

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