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
  • Pedestrian Route Changes at the Kendall T

    Beginning June 12, 2017, the pedestrian connection between the inbound Kendall T station on Main St and Carleton St will be discontinued to allow for ongoing below grade garage construction. The pedestrian connection will be re-opened at the completion of the project. Visitors exiting the T on Main St may use Ames St or Wadsworth St to access the MIT Medical Building, MIT Media Lab, Sloan Campus, and 100 Memorial Drive residences.

  • Wadsworth Block Closed for Construction

    The block of Wadsworth Street between Memorial Drive and Amherst St will be closed from May 24th, 2017, for approximately three months in order to install new utilities in the street. Vehicular traffic should redirect to Ames Street for access to Main St, the MIT Medical Building, the Sloan Campus, and 100 Memorial Drive residences.

  • Site 3 Garage Start

    Excavation for the Site 3 garage behind E48 (238 Main St) begins.

  • Traffic patterns change on site

    Hayward Street will be one-way, north to south, until it is closed entirely to the public later in February 2017. Wadsworth Street is currently one-way, south to north, to provide access to the Eastgate / Sloan Campus parking lot. Carleton Street maintains two-way traffic via traffic detail, and Amherst St is one-way, east to west, from Wadsworth to Ames St.

  • Kendall SoMa Garage construction start

    Site preparation and pre-mobilization will begin to construct the 1,121 space Kendall Garage.

  • New water lines in Carleton & Hayward St installed

    Construction in Carleton and Hayward Streets will allow new water lines to be built.

  • Planning Board Meeting

    Design review meeting for Building 4 and Landscape

  • Food Trucks Relocated

    Jose's Mexican, Momogoose, and Jersualem Cafe will relocate to 3 new locations to accommodate work on Carleton Street. They will rotate locations between E14 & E23, between Buildings 56 & 66, and between Buildings 14 & 50.

  • Carleton & Hayward Street Utilities

    Water line installations to begin on Carleton and Hayward Streets, creating one-way traffic patterns and new work zones in the streets.

  • New Medical Parking Lot

    35 dedicated spaces for Medical parking at E23 will be moved to a new lot on Carleton Street, next to the existing E33 building and across the street from the E23 MIT Medical building.

  • Amherst St Sanitary Work

    Amherst St will become one-way (east to west) from Wadsworth St to Carleton St as work begins on the sanitary line at the intersection of Amherst St & Carleton St. On-street parking on Amherst St is temporarily removed during this work.

  • Utilities and Infrastructure Construction Start

    Construction to begin on new below-grade utilities in Carleton, Hayward, Wadsworth, and Amherst Streets to support future buildings.

  • Final Development Plan Approved

    This Planning Board approval allowed MIT to move forward with its Kendall project. Each individual building design, and the plans for the open space area, will be reviewed in detail by the Planning Board in the coming months.

  • Planning Board Special Permit Hearing #3

    This hearing focused on the vibrant plans for the open space area of MIT's project, including details about access and connections for pedestrians and cyclists.

  • Planning Board Special Permit Hearing #2

    At this hearing, MIT provided additional detail about the scope of its development plan and described how its vision for the transformation of six parking lots into vital new buildings and open space will contribute to the advancement of the Kendall Square innovation ecosystem.

  • Final Development Plan Filed

    MIT's final development plan incorporated years of community input from the City Council, Planning Board, Historical Commission, neighborhood associations, residents, and the general public.

  • Preliminary Development Plan Approved

    The Planning Board gave MIT the go-ahead to prepare a final development plan since the preliminary plan met the new zoning parameters, as well as other Cambridge guidelines.

  • Planning Board Special Permit Hearing #1

    MIT's first hearing focused on the overall development plan and its urban and placemaking principles.

  • Presentation to Cambridge Historical Commission

    The Historical Commission approved MIT's plans to incorporate three historical buildings into its overall development.

  • Preliminary Development Plan Filed

    This preliminary submission provided an overview of MIT's development plan which was based on the Planning Board's approved zoning for the area.

  • Presentation to Cambridge Historical Commission

    MIT worked very closely with the Cambridge Historical Commission regarding three MIT-owned Main Street buildings that collectively represent Kendall Square's industrial heritage.

  • Planning Board Walking Tour

    MIT hosted a public walk-through of its plans with Planning Board members, City staff, residents, and other Kendall colleagues.

  • Presentation to East Cambridge Planning Team

    The East Cambridge Planning Team (ECPT) has served as a strong working partner with MIT since the project's inception. Many of ECPT's ideas and visions are incorporated in the overall development plan.

  • Jane's Walk

    MIT participated in this national citizen-led movement by providing a public walk-through of its transformational plans in the Kendall Square/east campus environs.

  • Public Meetings

    MIT hosted more public meetings to update the community on design proposals for the project.

  • Architectural Team Selection

    MIT issued Requests for Proposals, and in September 2014, initiated work with several design teams to create building concepts for the Kendall Square/east campus area.

  • Graduate Student Housing Working Group Report Released

    The final report recommended adding new housing to accommodate 500-600 graduate students. The East Campus Steering Committee was asked to assess the feasibility of addressing some of this need in planning for the Kendall Square area.

  • East Campus Gateway Study Final Report Released

    MIT commissioned an urban design study, and after hosting a series of forums to gather MIT and Cambridge community ideas, the design team submitted its final report in March 2014.

  • City of Cambridge Approves MIT’s Zoning Petition

    On April 8, 2013, the City of Cambridge approved MIT’s petition to rezone 26 acres of Institute-owned property in the Kendall Square/east campus area.

  • MIT 2030 Taskforce Report Released

    MIT Faculty Taskforce on Community Engagement in 2030 Planning recommends advancing the Kendall rezoning effort and examining the needs of East Campus and graduate student housing.

  • Community Meetings

    Meetings with neighborhood and civic associations, Planning Board, City Council, City staff, Historical Commission. Held public open houses.

  • K2 Study Process

    MIT participated - along with neighborhood, business, civic, and municipal colleagues - in a comprehensive study of the Kendall Square area which resulted in a set recommendations regarding the square's future.

  • Project Discovery Process

    Exploratory and brainstorming meetings with City Councillors, City staff, Planning Board, Historical Commission and community members.