The Foundry

Cambridge, MA
A future center for creativity, collaboration and education in an historic industrial building.
Sponsor
Community
Space
Mixed Use Office
Flexible Classroom /
Studio Space
Flexible Performance
Space

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History idea

I'd like to echo what's been said about retaining and supporting our artistic community by providing affordable- and I mean really affordable- work spaces.

3 supporters

Not just work space but an outlet to sell our handcrafted items

We will look again at the concept of an arts market. The location is not great for retail sales, but a small associated footprint associated with a cafe or gallery might work. We have also discussed... Read more...

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Above All, the issue of offering affordable workspace for Artists (I call them the makers whatever form of expression is used) should be prioritized. Cambridge is loosing its population of makers since... Read more...

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History idea

Since I was lead petitioner for landmarking of this building, I would love its history to be integrated into the use to permanently honor the women who toiled here and paved the way for women workers in... Read more...

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History idea

The city should contract a third party to do real research including surveys, focus groups, and interviews of community members and local nonprofit/social benefit organizations to: 1. identify potential... Read more...

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ps. Look at Denver Shared Spaces for a start: https://www.facebook.com/DenverSpaces/ We do not have to reinvent the wheel here - learn from what others have done already!

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Thank you for your suggestion - we will reach out to the Nonprofit Center Network. We have updated our rent expectations to carry a wide range of rates and are launching outreach to seek input from a... Read more...

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A formal research sounds like a great idea! I lead a non-profit in East Cambridge as the pastor of Trinity Cambridge Church, and we'd be interested in being an anchor tenant at the Foundry, whether we... Read more...

Shawn - we expect to put together a solicitation for ideas and interest from potential operators and program tenants in the upcoming months.

Do you have feedback on the recent conceptual design ideas for the Foundry?

Keep the large open and high ceiling space for flexible use, provide studios and/or maker space with shared tools and equipment.

2 supporters

Thanks! Your ideas are currently very closely aligned with designs now being created as early financial feasibility is completed. The goal is to keep an open area that allows visitors to see the amazing... Read more...

History idea

Cambridge has a notorious shortage of affordable work spaces for artists and small businesses who participate to the creative economy. As other cities recognize the vibrant role of its artistic population,... Read more...

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Any other questions or suggestions about this project?

We are located in the highest density tech/lab space in the world. We do not need to dedicate precious Foundry space to that discipline. There should be plenty of mentoring opportunities within the school... Read more...

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Thanks for your comments. We will be connecting with the schools to explore the kinds of links that can be formed there. Your comments about focusing on the arts and about the kinds of arts you'd like... Read more...

Do you have feedback on the recent conceptual design ideas for the Foundry?

I would include a lot more green space outdoors with less hardscaping. I would love to see more plants and greenery indoors too.

1 supporter

The current early designs include a small courtyard running along one side of the building with some greenery. This building will meet extremely high environmental standards, so that space will be designed... Read more...

Any other questions or suggestions about this project?

With the loss of so much artist practice space (eg EMF building) and performance space (various clubs in Central Square), it would be nice to have practice rooms as well as a concert venue, not just a... Read more...

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Thanks for the feedback. Having a rehearsal room that would also be suitable for yoga or dance classes is a priority as early design plans are being developed. The theatre space will be a very flexible... Read more...

What would you consider the most vital community uses for the Foundry building?

Public makerspace, reduced cost artist space, children's art classes

1 supporter

Thanks. Your priorities are also some of our priorities for this project. There will be maker space and reduced cost artist work space. The Foundry will be actively seeking groups to bring programming... Read more...

What would you consider the most vital community uses for the Foundry building?

I’d love to see artist/maker spaces with opportunities for Open Studios.

1 supporter

The Foundry will include artist work spaces and maker spaces. We will definitely keep the idea for open studios in the mix as we all consider the specific events and programs that will take place in the... Read more...

Comment on the new proposal

I live around the corner from the Foundry and while I've seen alot of requests for input on social media, I haven't received anything in print. Are we sure we are reaching a good representation of the... Read more...

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We posted fliers around the neighborhood but did not do a USPS mailing. We can draw up a radius of local addresses and utilize that for future meetings.

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Park connection idea

outdoor markets in the summer

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Do you mean bring a market into the Foundry yard or host a market in the park that creates a connection to the Foundry? Either way we will take a look at the planned park design and look to see how a... Read more...

I was thinking a market in the park. Food trucks could stand nearby too. they currently do on corner of 3rd and Binney!

Certainly it will make sense to have a healthy food venue of some kind on the premises. As to whether a provisions/ produce market would thrive there, or, a cafe--or, whether o 1- or 2 food trucks would... Read more...

History idea

I think this is a great opportunity to create a space for nonprofits that will help energize the city in different ways than for-profit spaces. I urge the City to fund a feasibility study to identify a... Read more...

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Thank you for comment Molly. While we needed to first get a handle on the opportunity and constraints presented to the City by the building, an immediate next step for the CRA will be to expand outreach... Read more...

History idea

How about affordable office space for local non-profits (registered in Cambridge). Right now we pay close to $300/desk for shared office space in the market.

1 supporter

What events would you like to attend or sponsor at the Foundry?

Performance

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