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.
While the city advances to nearly doubling developers’ obligations to include affordable housing in their buildings, the 42-acre NorthPoint is stuck in time, possibly for the duration of a 27-year agreement. Some city councillors believe there’s another way.
The community is invited to meetings at noon or 6 p.m. Thursday to discuss the redevelopment of the Volpe site in Kendall Square, as well as to hear about other projects and issues concerning the developer, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Developer Equity One is inviting the public to a community meeting where it will share its latest proposal for the Abbot Building in Harvard Square. Company representatives called it an “open house style opportunity to engage with the developer.”
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 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.
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.
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.
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.