Kendall Square at MIT

Cambridge, MA
Official construction updates during the creation of 1 million square feet of new space in Kendall Square.
Developer
Phase
Construction
Open Space
Over 1.8 acres
retail
115,000 SQ FT
office
/ R&D 888,000 SQ FT
residential
450 grad & 290 other
General
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Install a stop sign at Amherst and Wadsworth

Given the new traffic pattern from construction, a stop sign should be installed on the corner of Amherst and Wadsworth so that cars don't careen around the corner and endanger pedestrians.

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Summer, thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. The Project Team looked at this yesterday and we think there is cause for installing a stop sign at the corner of Amherst and Wadsworth. The current... Read more

That would be great, thank you. I walk this route every day, multiple times a day and I've witnessed on too many occasions cars coming around that corner not yielding for pedestrians crossing Wadsworth,... Read more

Summer, We met with the City Traffic Department on site this week and they have approved a temporary stop sign at the corner of Wadsworth and Amherst St. while the street closure is in place.

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MIT at Kendall Square idea

how long please until detour from mbta mit stop straight to medical (e23) detour remains. i am disabled so detour iis one more difficulty en route to medical. likely people on crutches, non ambulatory,... Read more

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Motion seconded. A summer knee injury means I can echo that this is not just an inconvenience when every step is painful or difficult. Also, the placement of 120+db generators/motors right next to the... Read more

Thank you Chryseis and Karen for your thoughts. The closure will be in place until the project is completed in 2020. The closure of the connection is due to many factors including connecting the underground... Read more

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Automobile Traffic?

I am wondering how the area will absorb more cars? Any plans to widen Third Street to help cars get out of the area faster in the late afternoon? Or other solutions to alleviate the traffic situation?

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Thanks for your comment, Carolyn! As part of our Special Permit approval for the Kendall Square PUD, we made a number of commitments to Cambridge to help alleviate traffic around the site. To start, we're... Read more

Are there any site plans that show the Hubway stations, additional bike lanes, the changes to Hayward Street, and the proposed pedestrian connection across Broadway? The site plan on the main page does... Read more

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Schedule

This is an amazing project. It would be great to see a schedule of the sequencing of buildings as I have heard multiple ideas on this.

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Thanks for your comment! Right now we’re focused on the construction phase for the utilities and streetwork improvements, with the below-grade parking garage kicking off in early 2017. All of our buildings... Read more

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Exciting stuff!

I can't wait to see the cranes go up and the construction get underway. Looking forward to updates!

Love the updates

I am excited to see it getting started! I saw a few updates at the MIT open house earlier this year via virtual reality, and the vision for Kendall at MIT looks/sounds awesome! Thanks for providing such... Read more

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Keesler,
Thank you for reaching out! We're glad you had a chance to use our VR goggles earlier this year and hope to have more opportunities for the community to actively engage with the project during... Read more

Would it be possible to share that VR experience and future updates through a Google Cardboard app or a 360 YouTube video tours?

Hi Marc, thanks for the question and great idea! We are looking into this and will post an update here when we know more.

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Kendall Square at MIT idea

We're now 2 months past the planned reopening of Wadsworth off of Memorial Drive, and for the past month the update has mentioned "the project team anticipates this work to last at least 2-3 more weeks."... Read more

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Joan,

Thank you for your email and your patience. You are correct, we have been anticipating reopening the street for a few weeks now but due to unforeseen conditions we have not been able to do... Read more

Can you tell us what the unforeseen circumstances were? Some years ago a project on Richdale Ave. in North Cambridge ran into an undocumented water main which had to be accommodated. Threw the timeline... Read more

Jim,
Thanks for the comment. There were a few things that caused the issues on Wadsworth Street. The first was the improperly manufactured sanitary lift station. The pre-cast concrete structure came... Read more

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Kendall Square at MIT idea

What's the point of having street sweepers travel down dusty streets without using water? That just throws the dust into the air and makes the situation worse. I watched two sweepers do this earlier this... Read more

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Thank you for your comment Daniel. We try and monitor dust and mud coming from the site very closely. Today, we had a very unique situation that required us to use sand to absorb a leak from the street... Read more

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MIT at Kendall Square idea

It seems there is construction happening before 7am on weekdays, and even on Sunday mornings. I thought there wasn't supposed to be any construction at these times? I'm getting woken up by jackhammers... Read more

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Nicole,
Thank you for your comments. There is no work allowed on site before 7am. I spoke to the contractor and they were not aware of anything out of the ordinary today. If you have any specific instances... Read more

Thank you. I definitely heard a chainsaw or leafblower this morning at around 6:40am, likely in the vicinity of Amherst & Ames Sts. Has happened several times before in the last few months. Don't know... Read more

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MIT at Kendall Square idea

A big surprise! And that surprise is that the date for reopening Wadsworth St. keeps moving. Of course, I'm joking that it's a surprise. I mean, if I had a private parking space for my CAT, why would... Read more

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Hi Rick, thank you for your comment. The Wadsworth block is closed in order to install a large sanitary holding tank that will service the entire Kendall Square at MIT project. Some of the prefabricated... Read more

The closure of Wadsworth St. continues. It was foreseen by some of us. Since I seem to be the only one complaining, I will stop. A response is not necessary. I guess other area residents either don't... Read more

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How are residents supposed to get in and out?

These traffic patterns are inconvenient and circuitous to the residents of 100 Memorial Drive. It's difficult to get in and out and then, when you exit one direction in the morning, you return in the evening... Read more

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Summer, thank you for your comment and for your continued patience as a resident living next to the Kendall Square Initiative construction. We understand that vehicular circulation issues throughout the... Read more

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Biking

I'd like to get more information on how you will accommodate bikers. We really need dedicated biking lanes, separate from cars and pedestrians. And MIT desperately needs to build tens of new weather-protected... Read more

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Thomas, thank you for your comment! Pedestrian and bike-friendly routes through the new Kendall Square open space are extremely important to us. As part of this project, we will be adding more than 800... Read more

I hope that plans focus more on actual safety for cyclists and pedestrians that just segregated facilities. The existing segregated lanes on Ames Street north of Main Street are just wasted space that... Read more

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MIT Kendall Sq, MIT Medical

Hello, I work at MIT Medical, which is located right in the middle of this project. We are literally surrounded on 3 sides by construction. There is a significant issue with signage related to how patients... Read more

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Ann Marie, thank you for your comment and for bringing this to our attention. We have a communications firm engaged to help us with issues like these, and we will work with that firm and with the general... Read more

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Building important connections!

I am most excited about the revamped area surrounding the Kendall Sq. T station. This will connect the MIT campus to the city in a more cohesive way and serve as a real landing space/entry to MIT from... Read more

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Thanks for getting in touch, Sarah! We're glad you're as excited as we are for the new Gateway to MIT, and we're hopeful that with a new T headhouse and the MIT Museum moving to Kendall Square, we can... Read more

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Ambulance access to MIT Medical?

Hi there! As a former EMT, how will ambulances access MIT medical in this new setup?

Thanks!

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Josiah, thanks for your question! Ambulance access to MIT Medical will be maintained throughout construction. During times when Carleton St is one-way south to north, if an ambulance needs to enter the... Read more

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