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.
After debating zoning proposed for Central Square that could add housing and overturn overly broad restrictions against some eateries, city councillors were primed to consider one of the reasons it has taken years, if not decades, to make improvements.
Lawyers for the City of Cambridge and Zinc Apartments told the Massachusetts Land Court last week they were “working cooperatively” to settle the pending lawsuit concerning the city’s order that Zinc’s rooftop lighting remain off.
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.
A lot happens in the course of a year in a densely packed city of 110,402 people with high-profile industries, clashing interests and significant class disparities. From the first promises of newly reelected officials to the extinguishing of a massive fire, here’s a run-down.
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.
Expressing a wish to be careful voting whether to encourage a landmarking study of the so-called Curious George building in Harvard Square, councillor Tim Toomey made it impossible for the City Council to vote on the issue at all.
What happens to the Abbott and Corcoran buildings could be one of the most important decisions facing Harvard Square since Harvard University tore down buildings to erect the Holyoke Center.
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.