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.
Fresh on the heels of opening the first section of the Grand Junction Path in Kendall Square for bicyclists, walkers, joggers and inline skaters, the city is putting money down in North Cambridge for land intended to be another crucial section of path.
The addition of 1 million square feet of development and 560 units of housing to Kendall Square came Monday with a last-minute deal between the City Council and developer to make 20 percent of the new housing units available for ownership, rather than rental.
The City Council has advanced one of two zoning petitions that could substantially change Kendall Square – added to the MIT rezoning passed by the council two years ago, collectively they represent 5 million square feet of development.
With a shortfall of tens of millions of dollars between the estimated land value and ballpark construction costs for the Volpe parcel in Kendall Square, the City Council has asked the analysts who produced the land estimate to personally attend a Tuesday meeting.
The East Cambridge Planning Team has thoughts for consideration when new zoning is under discussion, including some on traffic, homeownership and family-friendly buildings, as well as on utilities, stormwater and sewage.