Kendall Square could see another 1,400 dwelling units and 1.7 million square feet of office, research and development with ground-floor retail as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology redevelops the federal John A. Volpe National Transportation Center.
School Committee member Richard Harding and former city councillor and mayor Kenneth E. Reeves have filed a downzoning petition intended to block Twining Properties’ Mass+Main development, but it would take seven council votes to pass and seems lacking.
The City Council has quietly scheduled an off-site meeting to set “City Council Goals” for the upcoming term. The meeting does not appear on the council’s online hearing schedule or city calendar and isn’t posted on the council bulletin board in City Hall.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology will pay $750 million to gain the rights to redevelop the Volpe Center 14-acre land parcel in Kendall Square, reflecting a concerted push to finish the deal in the last days of the Obama administration after a multi-year process.
Lawyers for the City of Cambridge and Zinc Apartments told the Massachusetts Land Court last week they were “working cooperatively” to settle the pending lawsuit concerning the city’s order that Zinc’s rooftop lighting remain off.
Harvard Square’s Crimson Corner newsstand, once Nini’s Corner, is gone at the end of this month and Hidden Sweets, at 25 Brattle, closed last month. But those are just the start of a list of changes that have some city councillors and residents worried.
After years of delay, Cambridge will roll out parking payments via smartphone app in Harvard Square on Monday as a pilot program, and expects to expand citywide by summer 2017. But cars can’t just be moved a few feet to a different parking meter to park for longer.
The Historical Commission will review a changed proposal for the “Curious George” building and two connected buildings in Harvard Square, as well as landmark petition that could complicate the work of developer Equity One.
The design for a new, 28-story Kendall Square dormitory south of Main Street and an open space plan for its five-building complex will be heard Tuesday by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – now also developer of the Volpe parcel – to the Planning Board.
A city official was stirred by presidential election results to break the format of a standard municipal agenda Nov. 16 and offer a statement about civic engagement.