The CRA is seeking information and ideas regarding the management and community programming of the Foundry.  With input from experienced and creative professionals, we hope to better define criteria and strategies for putting a management team in place. We also want to hear from organizations, companies, or individuals that may be interested in being part of the team. 

The Request for Information (RFI) is available here.  Responses are due September 15, 2017.

The Foundry is an adaptive reuse project to build a self-sustaining center for creativity and collaboration for the Cambridge community with a mix of arts, cultural, educational, fabrication and commercial activities.  Located at the intersection of the Kendall Square Innovation District and the East Cambridge neighborhood, the Foundry building will be designed and operated to provide space and programs for the visual and performing arts, entrepreneurship, technology and workforce education within its historic, industrial setting. 


The Foundry Redevelopment Strategy - 2017


To deliver a high quality community space that achieves the vision, the City of Cambridge (City) and the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority (CRA) are proposing to undertake the rehabilitation of the Foundry Building as a publicly funded capital project.  The project is intended to be self-sustaining operationally, supported through rents paid by the building’s tenants.  Annual operational costs include utilities, cleaning, security, insurance, maintenance and repairs, as well as program management such as community outreach, daily activity coordination, special events scheduling and support, and cross collaboration initiatives. It is estimated that this strategy allows for sixty percent (60%) of the building’s programmatic space to be reserved for dedicated community uses. 


The building will be repurposed with an array of flexible spaces that can accommodate anchor organizations artists, and community uses, as well as host shorter-term events and activities in shared spaces.  Over time, the building’s uses may adapt to meet evolving community demand.  The City and the CRA are working together to establish a design and construction plan that will be suitable for a wide range of activities, create universally accessible, high quality spaces, and respect the historic form of the original structure.


Large Community Room                                        3,000 sf

Black Box Theatre                                                  3,000 sf

Classrooms / Multi-Purpose Rooms                       4,000 sf

Workshop                                                              3,000 sf

Art Studios                                                             3,000 sf

Kitchen / Café                                                        1,000 sf

Gallery                                                                   1,000 sf

Non-Profit Office                                                   5,000 sf

Market Rate Office                                               15,500 sf

Total                                                                       38,500 sf (net floor area)


The CRA will select a program management team (Operator) through a competitive process to operate and program the community space. The Operator will recruit non-profit tenants, visual and performance artists, educational program providers, and community events organizers to activate the building consistent with the Foundry’s mission.  The CRA and the City will utilize the Foundry Advisory Committee (FAC) to assist in crafting the programmatic scope of the community spaces, which will inform the selection of the Operator.  The CRA and the FAC will remain active stewards of the building to assure the operations remain faithful to the mission and to adjust the management goals over time to reflect evolving community needs and interests.

Foundry UPDATEs

The CRA will be conducting a series of community forums to discuss the project and gather feedback. The CRA will also schedule drop-in Q & A sessions throughout the City of Cambridge. Materials for these meetings will be made available here and on the Foundry's coUrbanize site. To stay up to date with upcoming scheduled meetings, news as well as the progress of the project, you can do so by clicking on the coUrbanize tab below.





  • Community Meeting, May 30, 2017, 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Dante Alighieri Center at 41 Hampshire Street

Meeting Flyer5.30.17 Presentation

  •  Cambridge Council Subcommittee: Neighborhood & Long Term Planning, Public Facilities, Arts & Celebrations Committee

          June 7, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM, City Hall

  • CRA Board Meeting

          June 21, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Police Station, 125 Sixth Street, Cambridge

          Supplemental Updates

  • Foundry Advisory Committee Meeting

          July 12, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Police Station, 125 Sixth Street, Cambridge

          Charles Sullivan, Ex. Director Cambridge Historical Commission Presentation

  • CRA Board Meeting

          July 19, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM, Police Station, 125 Sixth Street, Cambridge

  •  Cambridge Council Subcommittee: Neighborhood & Long Term Planning, Public Facilities, Arts & Celebrations Committee

          RESCHEDULED to July 26, 5:30 - 7:30 PM, School Committee Room/Henrietta Attles Room, 459 Broadway, Cambridge Rindge & Latin School



The Department of Public Works is undertaking soil testing over the next week. This work will involve a drilling machine taking borings at various locations in the grass area. The potential for environmental contamination in this area came to our attention through recent environmental investigations at the adjacent private property, 249 Third St., which identified elevated levels of PCBs and other contaminants. 

Foundry Environmental investigation notice 1.9.17



Members of the Foundry Advisory Committee represent a range of backgrounds and perspectives including arts, theater, science, nonprofit operation, real estate development, and law.  They also bring relevant skills and experience that are important at this stage in the redevelopment of the building. The City Manager has appointed the following members:



All inquiries concerning the Foundry may be addressed to:

                  Thomas Evans, Executive Director, 

                  Cambridge Redevelopment Authority

                  255 Main Street, 4th floor, Cambridge, MA 02142

                  Phone:  617-492-6800       Email:






Materials and project updates regarding the previous Foundry redevelopment effort can be found on the archived Foundry page linked below: