Kendall Square: MXD Substation Development Plan

Let's continue the conversation!

Progress and New Questions

Thank you to everyone who has commented so far on the MXD Substation Development Project, and attended the Planning Board pre-application hearing earlier this month! We've received input on the building designs and open space plans, and will be iterating on the designs to incorporate feedback. To continue the dialogue, we’ve added some new questions on retail, open space design, and programming.

Click on the links below to provide input on the questions, or visit our feedback page. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Center Plaza

We want the Center Plaza to be a public open space, welcoming to all. To achieve that, what would draw you to the plaza?

Retail

New retail fronting the Center Plaza open space (approximately the size of Shy Bird in Kendall Square) is expected. What type of retail space would you like to see?

Year-Round Activity

We want the Center Plaza to be active year-round. What winter activities would draw you there?

Open Space Concepts

Of the three open space concepts, activity & wellness, art space, urban oasis - which do you prefer?

Join us online at a Virtual Open House - May 13, 2021 at 5:30PM!

Thanks to all who participated in our last virtual open house!

To provide an update on the continued development of the MXD Substation Development proposal, Boston Properties, and the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority will be jointly hosting another Virtual Open House on May 13, 2021, at 5:30 PM EST. We'll be going over the project's primary components, including:

  • Residential
  • Center Plaza open space
  • Commercial

We hope to continue the conversation about concepts for the proposed Center Plaza open space, as well as frame the Plaza's immediate context via discussion of the residential and commercial buildings proposed for the south and north, respectively.

Due to the ongoing restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will take place online using Zoom.

You can join us virtually by registering via the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mrfMSPjUQhe6NyyZe2lBpg

Webinar details are as follows: Phone # 1-646-558-8656 - Webinar Meeting ID: 872 4627 1936 - Password: 152619

If you are not able to attend the meeting, please feel free to add ideas and comments on our CoUrbanize site at: www.mxdsub.site.

REMINDER! Join us for Virtual Open Office Hours TODAY 12-2PM

Thank you for joining us at last night's Virtual Open House! To continue the conversation, we hope to see you TODAY from 12-2 PM for our Virtual Open Office Hours. The Office Hours will be topic-focused and provide a direct opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with the CRA, Boston Properties, Eversource, and project consultants. The Office Hours will be held via a Zoom meeting format, and anyone can register to attend.

12:00pm - 12:30pm - Open Space

12:30pm - 1:00pm - Sustainability / Resilience

1:00pm - 1:30pm - Urban Design

1:30pm - 2:00pm - Transportation

Please click here to register for the Virtual Office Hours


If you’re not able to attend the office hours, make sure to add your ideas and comments on our site www.mxdsub.site.


REMINDER! Kendall MXD Substation IDCP Virtual Open House - TONIGHT @ 5:30PM

We hope to see you TONIGHT at 5:30 pm, for a Virtual Open House to discuss the Kendall MXD Substation Infill Development Concept Plan (IDCP) Proposal. An IDCP is a plan that details the urban design, circulation, sustainability, open space, and phasing of new development in the MXD District of Kendall Square. We want your input!

The meeting will be hosted jointly by the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority, Boston Properties, and Eversource. The event will include presentations on the Kendall MXD Substation Project, followed by an open Q/A discussion.

Please click here to register for the IDCP Virtual Open House meeting.


Virtual Open Office Hours - TOMORROW April 1st!

We will host Virtual Office Hours tomorrow, April 1st from 12 pm - 2 pm. The Office Hours will be topic-focused and provide a direct opportunity for the public to have one-on-one conversations with the CRA, Boston Properties, Eversource, and project consultants. The Office Hours will be held via a Zoom meeting format, and anyone can register to attend.

12:00pm - 12:30pm - Open Space

12:30pm - 1:00pm - Sustainability / Resilience

1:00pm - 1:30pm - Urban Design

1:30pm - 2:00pm - Transportation

Please click here to register for the Virtual Office Hours


If you’re not able to attend the meeting or office hours, make sure to add your ideas and comments on our site www.mxdsub.site.


You're Invited to an MXD Substation IDCP Virtual Open House - March 31st!

PLEASE JOIN US on March 31, at 5:30 pm, for a Virtual Open House to discuss the MXD Substation Infill Development Concept Plan (IDCP) Proposal. An IDCP is a plan that details the urban design, circulation, sustainability, open space, and phasing of new development in the MXD District of Kendall Square. We want your input!

The meeting will be hosted jointly by the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority, Boston Properties, and Eversource. The event will include presentations on the Kendall MXD Substation Project, followed by an open Q/A discussion.

Please click here to register for the IDCP Virtual Open House meeting.


VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS - April 1st

We will host Virtual Office Hours on April 1st from 12 pm - 2 pm. The Office Hours will be topic-focused and provide a direct opportunity for the public to have one-on-one conversations with the CRA, Boston Properties, Eversource, and project consultants. The Office Hours will be held via a Zoom meeting format, and anyone can register to attend.

12:00pm - 12:30pm - Open Space

12:30pm - 1:00pm - Sustainability / Resilience

1:00pm - 1:30pm - Urban Design

1:30pm - 2:00pm - Transportation

Please click here to register for the Virtual Office Hours


If you’re not able to attend the meeting or office hours, make sure to add your ideas and comments on our site www.mxdsub.site.


MXD Substation Zoning Petition at Cambridge City Council Monday (1/11)

The MXD Substation Zoning Petition and KSURP Amendment 11 are being discussed by the Cambridge City Council Monday, January 11th at 5:30 pm. This zoning petition is required to facilitate the relocation of the Eversource substation into the commercial center of Kendall Square. The meeting information is below, we hope to see you there!

This meeting will be held by videoconference, which you can access by clicking this link.


MXD Substation Zoning Petition at Ordinance Committee Tomorrow (1/5)

MXD Substation Zoning Petition Ordinance Committee Meeting


The MXD Substation Zoning Petition and KSURP Amendment 11 are being discussed by the Ordinance Committee tomorrow, January 5th at 5:30 pm for a second reading. This zoning petition is required to facilitate the relocation of the Eversource substation into the commercial center of Kendall Square. The meeting information is below, we hope to see you there!

This meeting will be held by videoconference, which you can access by clicking this link.



Upcoming City Hearings on the MXD Substation Zoning Petition 11/17 & 11/19

The MXD Substation Zoning Petition and KSURP Amendment 11 is being heard by the Cambridge Planning Board and Ordinance Committee next week! We are excited to be at this stage of the rezoning process, which is required to facilitate the relocation of the Eversource substation into the commercial center of Kendall Square. Meeting information is below, we hope to see you there!


Planning Board Meeting on November 17

The City of Cambridge Planning Board will be hearing the MXD Substation Zoning Petition and KSURP Amendment 11 at their next meeting on Tuesday, November 17 at 6:30 PM. The meeting will be held by videoconference, which you can access by clicking this link. Alternatively, you can provide input to the Planning Board by submitting a email or letter.

Ordinance Committee Meeting on November 19

The City Council Ordinance Committee will also be hearing the MXD Substation Zoning Petition and KSURP Amendment 11 at their next meeting scheduled on Thursday, November 19 at 5:30 PM. This meeting will be held by videoconference, which you can access by clicking this link.

CRA Board Meeting: September 16, 2020

The CRA will host their monthly Board Meeting on September 16th at 5:30pm. The CRA Board will vote on revisions to Article 14 of the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance and the Kendall Square Urban Renewal Plan needed to facilitate the MXD Substation Development Project. Meeting agenda and materials can be found on the CRA's next meeting page. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. All are welcome to attend! Meeting details are below.

CRA Board Meeting

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 at 5:30pm

Participate virtually via Zoom Webinar

https://tinyurl.com/y3cgqyxm | Password 817318

or join via phone at 1-646-558-8656 | Enter Meeting ID: 853 1959 4658 | Password: 817318



CRA Board Meeting Tonight!

The CRA will host their monthly Board Meeting tonight, August 19th at 5:30pm. The CRA Board will discuss revisions to Article 14 of the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance needed to facilitate the MXD Substation Development Project. Meeting agenda and materials can be found on the CRA's next meeting page. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. All are welcome to attend! Meeting details are below.

CRA Board Meeting

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 at 5:30pm

Participate virtually via Zoom Webinar

https://tinyurl.com/y4b5ph8a | Password 678574

or join via phone at 1-646-558-8656 | Enter Meeting ID: 860 6687 1729 | Password: 678574

Thanks to all who joined us at ECBA!

Want to extend a thank you to the East Cambridge Business Association (ECBA) for hosting us for a morning project update!

It was a genuine pleasure to talk with you, as well as to review the development of this project together. Please do feel free to engage with us in the comments should you have any questions, and we look forward to keeping you updated as the public process develops.



CRA Board Meeting: July 15th, 2020

The CRA will host their July monthly Board Meeting on Wednesday, July 15th at 5:30pm. The CRA Board will discuss draft revisions to the Kendall Square Urban Renewal Plan (KSURP), needed to facilitate the MXD Substation Development Project. Meeting agenda and materials can be found on the CRA's next meeting page. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. All are welcome to attend! Meeting details are below.

CRA Board Meeting

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020 at 5:30pm

Participate virtually via Zoom Webinar

https://bit.ly/2ACoAU5 | Password 895707

or join via phone at 1-646-558-8656 | Enter Meeting ID: 864 3832 8322 | Password: 895707

Thanks for meeting with us! What's Next?

Virtual Open House: Thanks for participating!


Thank you to all who joined us at the MXD Substation Development Virtual Open House on Thursday, June 25th. It was great to have so many of you there. If you missed the live event, don't worry, you can still tell us what you think by adding your feedback and questions in our comment section! Here is a link to the meeting presentation and we've added the recording of the meeting below!

We will also be hosting Zoom Open Office Hours on Wednesday, July 1st from 2:30pm - 4:00pm. Representatives from the CRA, Eversource and Boston Properties will be present to answer questions on the MXD Substation Development concept. If you are interested, please RSVP by clicking this link. We hope to see you there!


We’re Live! Join the MXD Substation Virtual Community Meeting Online

We're live at the virtual community meeting for the MXD Substation Development Plan continuing the conversation on the alternative substation site and accompanying commercial development on the North Parcel of the MXD District in Kendall Square! 

Please join us virtually by following the link: https://bit.ly/2XRZ9Xl or dialing in to: 1-646-558-8656 - Meeting ID: 880 9233 9880 - Password: 014149.

See you soon!

MXD Substation Development Project - Virtual Open House, 6/25 at 5:30pm

PLEASE JOIN US! on June 25th at 5:30pm for a Virtual Open House to discuss the MXD Substation Development Project. The meeting will be hosted jointly by The Cambridge Redevelopment Authority, Boston Properties and Eversource to continue the conversation on the alternative substation site and accompanying commercial and residential development on the North Parcel of the MXD District in Kendall Square.

Due to the current situation and limits on in-person gatherings, the meeting will take place online via Zoom. You can join us virtually by following the link: https://bit.ly/2XRZ9Xl or dialing in to: 1-646-558-8656 - Meeting ID: 880 9233 9880 - Password: 014149.

If you’re not able to attend the meeting, make sure to add your ideas and comments on our site https://courbanize.com/projects/mxdsubstationdevelopment/comments?ordering=-created.

MXD Substation Development Zoning Outline

At the May 20th, 2020 CRA Board meeting, staff presented an outline of MXD zoning changes that will be put forward for consideration to the CRA Board and Cambridge City Council to facilitate the MXD Substation Development project. Draft language for a zoning petition will be presented at the CRA's next Board Meeting on June 17th, 2020. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. All are welcome to attend. Meeting details are below.

CRA Board Meeting

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 at 5:30pm

Participate virtually via Zoom 

https://bit.ly/2XojraO | Password 051321

or join via phone at 1-646-558-8656 | Enter Meeting ID: 821 5113 5300 | Password: 051321




CRA Board Meeting: Thanks for participating!


Thank you to all who joined us at last week's CRA board meeting!


We welcomed the opportunity to discuss this project and were eager to field questions from CRA board members and the public regarding our proposal. We will continue to consider the thoughtful responses we heard during this virtual gathering.


Stay tuned for future updates from us as we continue our outreach!

Thanks to all for joining the ECPT virtual meeting last Tuesday!

If you missed the event, you can replay the CRA's presentation here.

To recap, during the meeting, Tom Evans of the CRA presented an initial alternative substation siting proposal and accompanying development plan that would enable Eversource's proposed Fulkerson Street site substation to be located on property owned by Boston Properties within the MXD district. It was great to see so many of you join online and actively engage.

Please continue to share your feedback and questions in the comments section.


Kendall Square: MXD Substation Development Plan outreach site!

Thanks for visiting our new website! The purpose of this platform is to provide you with information on the Parcel 2 development in Kendall Square and to collect all your feedback.

Please make yourself at home! Poke around to see what your neighbors are discussing and be sure to comment with your own ideas. Also hit that ‘Subscribe’ button to stay in-the-loop on all project updates. 

Everything posted here is sent straight to Boston Properties. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!