Proposed Kendall Square Initiative designs presented at two community meetings

By: 

Sarah Gallop
05/07/2015

On May 6 nearly 200 people attended two community meetings to hear updates on MIT’s Kendall Square Initiative. Proposed designs for six buildings to be developed on MIT-owned parking lots in the East Campus/Kendall Square area were presented. Provost Martin Schmidt, Executive Vice President and Treasurer Israel Ruiz, Associate Provost Karen Gleason, Managing Director of Real Estate Steve Marsh, and several of the Initiative’s architects took turns presenting the overall development plan, including the building designs, open space framework, retail strategy, and sustainability approach.

MIT officials summarized the overarching priorities for the Kendall Square Initiative, including advancing Kendall Square as a destination with diverse retail and active open spaces; as a residential center with mixed-income market housing and graduate student housing; and as an innovation and academic district that will serve to accelerate the Institute’s mission.

They also described the next step for the development, which is the “Article 19” project review process with the City of Cambridge Planning Board. In introducing the presentation, Ruiz thanked those gathered for their role in shaping the Initiative. “It is truly a better project because of your participation and input,” he said.

Read the full article and view the presentation slides and a gallery of the designs on the Kendall Square Initiative website.

Rendering of Kendall Square Site 5