Kendall Square at MIT

Cambridge, MA
Official construction updates during the creation of 1.4 million square feet of new, transformative spaces in Kendall Square.
Developer
Phase
Construction
residential
450 grad & 290 other
office
/ R&D 888,000 SQ FT
retail
115,000 SQ FT
Open Space
Over 1.8 acres
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Please don't remove the unsignalized midblock crosswalk between Walker Memorial and the Sailing Pavilion. People are going to cross there. Make it safer for them to do so. In fact, consider making it a... Read more

+1 on the raised crosswalk concept. Memorial Drive traffic is much too fast on a roadway that feels like a highway. A raised crosswalk which limits drivers to 15 mph would make this a far safer condition... Read more

Agree with Harry & Ari. A raised crosswalk would be a big improvement.

Reminder: an MIT Sailing employee was seriously injured at this location in Sept 2014. We should be looking for ways to get... Read more

Please do not remove the crosswalk between the Walker Memorial and the Sailing Pavilion. The proposed improvements at Ames St are good; please don't ruin them by removing the additional crosswalk.

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Memorial Drive needs MORE protections for pedestrians, many of which are members of the MIT community.

Harry, Ari, Brendan, Ian and Jan, thank you for your input. As pointed out, teams at MIT working closely with Sailing Pavilion staff have been studying this mid-block crossing due to safety concerns for... Read more

Hi, thank you for the reply. Can you please share the results of your study recommending removal of the crosswalk? I am having trouble understanding the recommendation, especially in light of DCR's previous... Read more

Hi MIT - Thanks for your reply. Will you share the study that concluded "the long term solution would have to include the removal of the crosswalk"? I can't imagine why it would "have to" be removed, but... Read more

@MIT I too would be interested in seeing more about this. I seem to remember MIT in the past worrying more about vehicle throughput than user safety, but maybe we've turned over a new leaf.

@MIT thanks for engaging, and I'd like to add my voice to the chorus of people hoping to take a look at that study. In their habitual way, too, drivers speed if the road allows it; the more we can do to... Read more

@MIT the verbs you've used in the last sentence should be flipped -- instead of trying to "discourage" speeding, all changes should be to "prevent" speeding. And I do not agree with the goal to "prevent"... Read more

It sounds like Mass DCR has been a partner in the current design process. Can we help communicate to them the importance of retaining the Walker Memorial / Sailing Pavilion crosswalk or replacing it with... Read more

I would like to renew my request to see the plans for Memorial Drive. Please send them to me at jdevereux@cambridgema.gov

Thanks again to those who have provided their input on this important issue. We value the creation of a pedestrian-centered place as reflected in the overall plans for the Kendall Square project, including... Read more

Hi MIT - Thanks for sharing our concern about the safety of people who walk across Memorial Drive. When can you share the details of the study you mentioned in your Mar 5, 2019 post?

Hi, thank you for responding to community concerns and offering to discuss these issues with DCR.

Has there been any progress in terms of changes to the proposed design?

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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.

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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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

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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Regarding the proposed reconstruction on Ames St: I think it would be wonderful if MIT would consider adding another crosswalk between buildings E18 and 68. This is a very popular desire line for the... Read more

Has any thought been given to my comments? This is a very natural path for MIT community members and the current situation means that dozens of people every hour cross at this location without a crosswalk.

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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?

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.

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!

Thank you Cassandra! Check back here often for more news and updates!

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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

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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Construction has started. Have questions or comments about the project or ongoing work? Share them here.

What are the plans for 314 Main, 238 Main, and 200 Main street?

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The current plan shows removing the crosswalk from the MIT Sailing Pavillion to the Muddy. I am worried that students will cross here even without a sidewalk. Any chance the crosswalk could be kept and... Read more

Tim, thank you for your comment. Our team has studied the crossing at the Sailing Pavilion and worked with our Campus Planning team to better understand the serious safety hazard of this crossing. Our... Read more

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The architecture has no warmth, no charm, no sense of place or history. It might as well be in Houston on Beijing or Dubai. And because of that it will be out of style before it’s even completed. Why not... Read more

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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

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

Thanks for the detailed response. Will there be any more unforeseen events?
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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

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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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

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

Nicholas, I apologize for the name typo. thank you!

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

Nicholas, I will look into this and follow up with you. thank you!

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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

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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