‘Mass+Main’ developer taking to the road in quest for ideas, starts with C’port group
The Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association plans to meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 with discussions of a development being called Mass+Main and a look at the year-old Central Square Cultural District at the top of the ticket.
Nicholas Iselin, of Mass+Main developer Twining Partners, is scheduled to come in to hear ideas for the redevelopment of the Quest Diagnostics building at Massachusetts Avenue and Main Street in Central Square, said Olivia Fiske, a board member for the association.
A letter from Twining to the community said the company wanted “your ideas to help us transform this collection of Quest labs and empty lots into a great public place for people to live, work and play.”
So far, the developer’s request for community input on what they want to see replacing the former lab space – including parking lots and a parking garage, a total of 2.3 acres that cost $32.4 million – has been through a company website, massandmain.mindmixer.com.
“We want to hear from all of you,” Iselin said in a site video. “Some of you have time for community meetings, while others are just too busy – but you all have great ideas. That’s why we’ve launched a community process that can involve everyone, both onsite and online.”
Discussion of the related Central Square Cultural District, a five-year designation that just wrapped up its inaugural year, was to include Robin Lapidus, executive director of the Central Square Business Association, Catherine Carr Kelly, executive director of the Central Square Theater, and Jason Weeks, executive director of the Cambridge Arts Council.
Also on the preliminary agenda were discussions of Massachusetts health care; an update from Cathie Zusy on Magazine Beach improvements; and a presentation by Harvard Business School students Rukmini Giridharadas and Vladimir Leytus on “Kind Thread,” a program they call “a new way to connect.”
The open meeting is schedule for 7 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Community Room at the LBJ Apartments, 150 Erie St.