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Two residential buildings, one in Kendall Square and the other in Central Square, are each a tiny step closer to becoming a reality. But the Central Square project is drawing concerns about parking and aesthetics.
Kendall Square’s rooftop garden may be smaller, but at least your great-grandchildren will be able to appreciate what’s left of it – all because a company worth nearly $2 billion in revenue last year wants $1 million in help from the CRA.
The goal of a net-zero-emissions Cambridge has been embraced by City Manager Richard C. Rossi, with a timeline and task force structure ready for approval Monday by the City Council.
The owners of the Middle East restaurants and nightclubs in Central Square want 20 percent of the housing they hope to build overhead to be set aside for low-income tenants, they announced at a community meeting.
The developers of the city’s jail and former courthouse tower offered East Cambridge a new grocery store Monday, and city councillors accepted the idea – or, rather, took it away.
Forced with the option of leaving their home in Central Square since 1970 or expanding, the Sater brothers are planning to build 50 to 100 residential units atop their complex of nightclubs and restaurants known as The Middle East and ZuZu.
The writers of a zoning bill calling for strict environmental standards in large Cambridge construction said Wednesday they welcomed suggestions for improving the language, while a representative of the Chamber of Commerce called for them to withdraw the petition if they wanted a real discussion on green development.
Green Cambridge and its Committee for Net Zero Buildings are touting the support of state Rep. Carl Sciortino, who is campaigning to replace U.S. Sen.-Elect Ed Markey in the 5th Congressional District special election coming Dec. 10.
The group behind the “net zero” building petition – which would force all major construction in the city to take steps against adding greenhouse gases to the environment – is inviting the business community to a meeting Aug. 14.
Developers and MIT officials left the Planning Board meeting Tuesday without a special permit for a 246,716-square-foot building near Central Square – and having raised doubts in at least one board member’s mind about how city zoning gets applied.