Kendall Square Urban Renewal Plan

Cambridge, MA
Creating 1 million square feet of new innovation space, offices, and mixed-income housing in Kendall Square.
Developer
approved
Phase
Approved
residential
400,000 SQ FT
office
600,000 SQ FT
Innovation Space
60,000 sq ft
5% Middle Income Housing
20% Inclusionary Housing

Comments are closed on this project

Extend the canal west to the existing lawn

When the Volpe building is removed, extend (actually re-extend!) the canal west to terminate at the existing lawn on the western portion of the Volpe site.  The lawn and it's mature trees should... Read more

7 supporters

I love love this idea. Create a mini Venice-on-Charles in Cambridge. Create a more permanent venue for boat launch and rental, a protected lagoon that will freeze solidly in the winter for skating,... Read more

1 supporter

It is a BOLD idea and I think not that unfeasible. Third street could have a traffic calming bridge, and Broad Canal Way could be fully pedestrian

The CRA, Boston Properties, and other property owners through the Kendall Square EcoDistrict are evaluating opportunities for innovative storm water treatment systems for neighborhood treatment and... Read more

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Retail suggestions for 145 Broadway @ Galileo Way

24hr pharmacy

4 supporters

Create busway through the site

Create a bus priority transitway from the Gilmore Bridge / O'Brien Highway / Lechmere area to Kendall via Land Boulevard, Linskey Way, Munroe St and an arc through the Volpe Center to Ames Street. This... Read more

4 supporters

This would help develop a critical cross-town transit corridor to provide faster links from the Green and Orange Lines into Kendall.  This doesn't just help Kendall, but helps the whole transit... Read more

Placemaking & Wayfinding

I certainly support the current and ongoing efforts to make Kendal a more vibrant urban and community space. Adding retail and housing are certainly primary to encourage a better mix of uses. I would... Read more

4 supporters

We agree that enhanced way finding and placemaking are critical elements of the next phase of redevelopment.  Working with the Kendall Square Association we expect to implement some creative ideas... Read more

please save the trees and green space.  so many trees have been taken down in the re-building of sidewalks over the past year..  please bring them back!!!

While I appreciate and support the mixed-use development, and am generally happy with the development in Kendall Square, I'd also like to emphasize the need to shift the current balance toward more... Read more

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Idea for open space at 3rd St and Binney

Give Kendall bike racks and grocery stores and I will be so happy

3 supporters

We need aCVS in Kendall square near the T

1 supporter

Numerous new bike racks are currently being install on Main Street - More to come on Ames Street.  Per city requirements, the MXD Infill Development project will install hundreds of new long-term... Read more

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Idea for open space at 3rd St and Binney

Garden with benches and some shade

2 supporters
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6th St Walkway Ideas

The area next to the 6th street walkway should be a park! Kendall is getting so built up. We need green space. Pit in a play structure too. Thanks!

2 supporters

Idea for open space at 3rd St and Binney

This comment was submitted by a resident via email on 10/1/2015:

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The small lot at the corner of Binney and Third Streets should be a park for young children. With the many... Read more

2 supporters
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Retail suggestions for 145 Broadway @ Galileo Way

This space should be used as a CVS/Walgreens /Rite Aid which is desperately needed in the kendall sq area

2 supporters

Suggestions for Danny Lewin Park

Please stop cutting down trees around here. All the trees by the coop are gone. All the trees outside of the blue room are gone. It is terrible for the city

2 supporters

T Signage

I would like to see the T receive better signage. Perhaps list signs with train arrival info at street level

2 supporters
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I love the idea of train arrival info at street level!

Multi-functional Green Space

I would like to see a multi-functional green space that manages storm water, provides recreation and enhances Kendall Square's connectivity and identity
Categories: urban design, sustainability,... Read more

2 supporters

more green space is needed!! More trees are needed!!!

HOUSING, Sustainability and Transportation

Housing :  for a 1msf plan, the land use emphasis should be swapped, to be made 60% housing and 40% office and retail.

 

For sustainability, please do not use this word until... Read more

2 supporters

The K2 Plan establishes four main goals, the third of which is to Promote Environmental Sustainability and states, "Kendall Square already has the basics of smart growth with its burgeoning mix of... Read more

Housing within the KSURP

I'd like to know more about any planning for affordable housing in the project area, particularly given the exorbitant market-rate rents of the region at large and Cambridge in particular. Is there... Read more

2 supporters

We are proposing a net 15% inclusionary housing percentage for the addition 400,000 SF of housing in the Kendall Square Urban Renewal Plan.  This could potentially deliver 75 to 85 affordable... Read more

why not 20% or even more? we have a huge gap to close.

1 supporter

Why more? How would that work financially? If you're build costs are roughly 400/sqft plus then wouldn't an increase beyond the inclusionary amount create undo strain on the market rate portion... Read more

I also support making the affordable housing percentage as high as possible.

 

In addition, building more housing units overall would increase the overall supply, meeting the high... Read more

The MXD Zoning petition and KSURP amendment now require 15% of the 400,000 SF of new housing to be affordable for low and low-moderate income households, with another 5% required to be affordable to... Read more

Through ongoing discussions with City Council, the CRA is now proposing to require 20% affordable housing GFA and 5% middle income housing GFA.  This would result in approximately 560 new units,... Read more

The final Kendall Square Urban Renewal Plan and MXD Zoning adopted in 2015 requires 20% inclusionary housing and another 5% middle income housing.  Additionally 5% of the total development will... Read more

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145 Broadway @ Galileo Way

A grocery store (Whole Foods, Trader Joes) would be especially welcome and a CVS would be my second choice. Something pragmatic for the essential needs of area residents. We currents have to travel... Read more

1 supporter
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