The Cambridge Redevelopment Authority is committed to implementing imaginative, creative initiatives to achieve social equity and a balanced economic ecosystem. We work in the public trust to bring a human dimension to development improving the quality of life for residents, businesses, employees, and visitors. Our goal is to balance economic vibrancy, housing, and open space to create sustainable communities through new and revitalized development. We are an independent, agile public authority bringing a unique set of redevelopment tools to work in close partnership with the City of Cambridge and other organizations.


The Whitehead Institute under construction, 1994

The Whitehead Institute under construction, 1994

In an effort to encourage sound growth and to revitalize urban areas that are substandard, decadent or blighted open space, the legislature developed an urban renewal program under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 121B. Municipalities are authorized to develop blighted areas for residential, recreational, educational, hospital, business, commercial, industrial or other purposes. Future development within these designated urban renewal areas must be undertaken in accordance with use limitations specified in approved urban renewal plans.

Chapter 121B places great importance on the achievement of socio-economic development such as the provision of jobs for the unemployed, the addition of tax revenue to overburdened communities and/or the construction of space for the expansion or siting of industry or business. Urban renewal projects help municipalities revitalize deteriorated areas by providing the economic environment needed to attract and support the private investment needed to achieve a balanced mix of housing, business and industry.



The following are links to some of the ongoing projects of the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority.  


The Kendall Square Urban Renewal Plan (KSURP) includes a major urban mixed-use project on a 24-acre site within the 42-acre Kendall Square Urban Renewal Area, directly across the Charles River from downtown Boston. More.


Ames Street in Kendall Square is undergoing a transformation. Originally built as a wide road access road serving two parking garages and loading areas, two infill development are underway and a new streetscape plan is in design, which will allow the northern block of Ames Street to evolve into an active urban space. More.


The Foundry was built in 1890, with side wings added in 1910.  At that time the building was used as a foundry, all on one floor, at ground level. The building’s original open, high bay design was modified in 1982 through the addition of three structured floor levels within the building and the entrance. More.


The proposed Grand Junction Community Path will run alongside the existing tracks in the Grand Junction corridor from the Boston University Bridge connecting to the planned extension of the Somerville Community Path to be constructed as part of the Green line Extension. More.