“The room’s going to be beautiful,” said co-owner Nabil Sater on Wednesday, as workers paused from setting up light and sound systems. The plan around the time Sonia’s was proposed called for three to four months of renovations and an early 2016 opening.
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.
Management of The Sinclair has been split in two, with Bowery Cambridge retaining control over music acts but with food and alcohol falling under the purview of Facility Concession Services, which does the same for the Charles Playhouse in Boston.
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.
Business owners hope the merger will increase their visibility and strengthen advocacy efforts as they face challenges including distance from T stops, limited parking, decreased foot traffic and empty storefronts.
Apple isn’t just renovating its store in the CambridgeSide Galleria mall like it did eight years ago – it’s moving into a bigger space, and it won’t be open again until spring.
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.
In addition to ending the current procurement process for a developer, the decision called upon the city manager, the Foundry Advisory Committee and members of the public to work with the agency to develop a new strategy to move forward.
Low-income housing doesn’t hurt home values in high-cost areas – except in Cambridge and Boston, according to a widely publicized national housing study. A closer look at the research raises questions about how well the finding reflects reality here, though.
A unanimous vote to start over reflects residents and city councillor concerns that the current proposal does not provide enough community benefits. A development official says a second process could be faster – but would still take an additional calendar year.