The city, state, real estate developers Leggat McCall Partners and five local residents and neighbors have agreed to settle the outstanding claims in a lawsuit about redevelopment of the former Edward J. Sullivan Courthouse in East Cambridge.
The City Council fretted about affordable housing percentages and contemplated a sky-high tower Monday beginning initial discussions for the zoning of the John A. Volpe National Transportation Center land parcel in Kendall Square.
Councillors voted Monday to approve zoning allowing a 195-foot tower overlooking Jill Brown-Rhone Park in Central Square, citing the need for more housing and affordable housing, with only councillors Dennis Carlone and Nadeem Mazen voting in opposition.
The triangular parcel is north of Route 2, not far from the Alewife Reservation and a floodplain that has been the subject of years of protests during recent development in Cambridge and Belmont.
The Mass+Main got substantial technical changes and saw one section removed entirely, with the Planning Board chairman suggesting it should have been completely rewritten and shouldn’t have gotten so far along in the process.
Before a final vote on the Mass+Main project’s zoning, likely to be May 18, comes tonight’s Planning Board meeting.
Revisions and analysis were posted just before close of business Thursday, five days before the Planning Board is scheduled to discuss the Central Square proposal.
Complaints of labor abuses by the contractor for an Alewife development brought calls for Cambridge to be as good about enforcing labor standards as it is at talking about them.
Somerville’s Richard Burck Associates has been selected as winner of the Connect Kendall open space design contest with a plan that extends the Broad Canal to the 14-acre Volpe area expected to open to redevelopment in the next few years.
The once-in-a-lifetime chance to remake 14 acres in the heart of Kendall Square includes few certainties, and city councillors said Monday that they all too aware of that.