IDCP Phase II / 325 MAin Street
Boston Properties has released a Phase II Infill Development Concept Plan (IDCP) Amendment for the MXD District, as well as 325 Main Street's Design Review Submission. The CRA and Cambridge Planning Boards have scheduled a joint public hearing to discuss these submissions. See below.
CRA & Planning Board Joint Public Hearing
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 | 344 Broadway, Cambridge, MA @ 6:00pm
In 2017, the CRA and City of Cambridge approved the Infill Development Concept Plan (IDCP) for the development of the MXD and Kendall Square Urban Renewal Districts. The IDCP is a concept plan required by the CRA's Kendall Square Urban Renewal Plan (KSURP) and in the MXD zoning ordinance as of 2015, and details the urban design, circulation and open space of new development. In 2018, Boston Properties proposed an amendment to Phase II of the IDCP.
PHASE II AMENDMENT Details
Boston Properties has proposed a shift of approximately 250,000 square feet of commercial building area from the previously approved 250 Binney Street Project to 325 Main Street. 325 Main Street currently houses the MIT Coop and office space, and abuts the Kendall Roof Garden, Kendall Plaza and the Kendall Red Line T-Station. See Boston Property's Phase II IDCP Amendment Proposal. Should the amendement be approved, 325 Main Street will likely be demolished and completely reconstructed.
As part of the Phase II Amendment Proposal, the South Residential Building previously approved in the IDCP will not change. The residential building will still be built on the South side of the existing Blue Garage and will provide approximately 350 new market rate and affordable housing units.
Public benefits/improvements previously approved for Phase II include the redesign of the East/West pedestrian connectors from Loughrey Walkway to the East Service Drive and Broadway Park (South Park). In the Phase II Amendment, Boston Properties is proposing to make improvments to Kendall Plaza and to create a direct connection from Kendall Plaza to the Roof Garden. This will enable the Roof Garden to be more visible to Kendall employees, residents and visitors, and allow for easier access between two of Kendall Square's privately owned but publicly beneficial and convented open spaces.