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.
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.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been selected by the federal government to be its partner in developing the John A. Volpe Transportation Center and its 14-acre parcel in Kendall Square, the General Services Administration announced.
Tensions about the Foundry building redevelopment bubbled over during discussion of the project at an East Cambridge Planning Team meeting Wednesday, when a meeting ended with uncertainty rather than a vote or consensus.
Officials bowed to pressure from the City Council this week, allowing more time to find a wider pool of consultants to shape what becomes of the iconic Out of Town News kiosk in Harvard Square.
Despite dissatisfaction over the direction of redevelopment at the city’s Foundry building, and murmurs of a radical reboot for the project, discussion of the topic by the City Council awaits input from the East Cambridge Planning Team neighborhood group.
Residents and developers clashed once again Friday over the redevelopment of the former Edward J. Sullivan Courthouse in East Cambridge, with a law signed Aug. 4 complicating arguments over zoning affecting the possible 20-story office tower.