Three teams competing for Cambridge’s Citywide Planning contract presented and took public questions Monday, with Utile, the third team to present, the clear crowd-pleaser. A decision is expected in August.
Developers bidding to build a new John A. Volpe National Transportation Center facility in Kendall Square will have to show they have at least $500 million available and can spend $15 million within five days of the final selection date.
Cambridge developers planning an unpopular project in the neighboring town of Arlington nearly had a project meeting held without them – but now will be part of an Aug. 12 hearing about the Mugar site.
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.