The City Council wants a study that could mean a permanent increase in the amount of affordable housing in large residential developments – and if work on the study started now, it would come back for a vote in 2014, potentially too late for some of the flood of projects under way.
East Cambridge hates that tower – but feels a bit better in general about plans for the former Edward J. Sullivan Courthouse.
Leggat McCall intends to reveal this week its first renderings of what it expects to do with East Cambridge’s 22-story former courthouse, and reports say its officials have reason to feel confident doing it: The state won’t reconsider its decision.
There’s still a chance to overturn the sale of East Cambridge’e defunct, 22-story courthouse to a developer that plans to fill it with office space, city councillor Marjorie Decker said Friday.
The residents group A Better Cambridge plans a forum for April 11 called “A Better Future for a Better Cambridge,” looking for solutions to “coming demographic shifts that will put further pressure” on the city’s housing market and transportation systems.
Even as the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority’s decades of work shaping Kendall Square narrow to a parcel or two, city councillors began talking Wednesday about letting it handle Central Square as well.
Developer Forest City’s plan for a giant lab and office building was back Thursday with some people-pleasing tweaks, including a promise to build 25 units of affordable housing and commitment to locally owned, affordable retail. But the changes weren’t pleasing enough for councillors or residents.
A push is on to reverse the state’s decision for who gets to redevelop the defunct Edward J. Sullivan Courthouse in East Cambridge; the Rounder Records site has just finished construction and is already 86 percent rented; and people are wondering if Apple is taking offices in Kendall Square.
Retailers including McDonald’s remain eager to get into Kendall Square, even into storefronts that haven’t been built, and a developer proposing a 250-foot apartment tower is being urged by city development officials to think about building as high as 300 feet.
A bid to remake Kendall Square via zoning was formally resubmitted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Thursday, with institute officials saying they expected public hearings and a series of internal discussions to take place over the next year.