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Kendall Square Urban Renewal Plan

CRA Board and Planning Board Approve Infill Development Concept Plan and Schematic Design for 145 Broadway

The CRA Board and Planning Board held a joint hearing to consider the November 2016 revised IDCP as well as the Schematic Design of the 145 Broadway building. At the end of the hearing, the CRA Board and Planning Board held separate votes and both Boards approved the IDCP and 145 Broadway Schematic Design. As described in the IDCP, Phase 1 of the project (145 Broadway) is expected to begin construction in 2017. As outlined in the December and January hearing materials, 145 Broadway will now continue with CRA and CDD Staff reviewing Design Development and Construction Drawings.

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    Working closely with City of Cambridge (City), the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), the MBTA, and Boston Properties (BP), the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority (CRA) has created a new mechanism and governance structure for funding public transit to serve the growing Kendall Square district.  This Kendall Square Transit Enhancement Program (KSTEP) concept grew out of the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Act (MEPA) review process for the amendment of the Kendall Square Urban Renewal Plan (KSURP).  This amendment provides additional development rights within the MXD District of Kendall Square. The KSTEP program was a significant mitigation component of the 2015 Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which preceded the approval of the KSURP amendment and zoning entitlements.

    The program creates an initial $6 million fund for investment in local transit improvements, whether to the MBTA or other operators, such as the EZ Ride shuttle, that produce a measurable improvement in transit access to Kendall Square.  It is expected that the projects to receive investment from KSTEP will be informed by the outcome of the Kendall Square Mobility Task Force planning effort, facilitated by MassDOT and the City.  The $3 million payment from Boston Properties to the CRA for the KSTEP fund is due upon issuance of a building permit for BP’s first commercial property at 145 Broadway, a new office building for the world headquarters of Cambridge’s home grown technology company, Akamai.  The CRA will match this funding from the sale of commercial development rights in the KSURP.  The CRA has discussed the expansion of the program with other property owners anticipating new development in Kendall Square.


    BOSTON PROPERTIES Submits infill development plan (IDCP) for the MXD district to the cra and Planning board

    Boston Properties, the designated redeveloper for the KSURP has completed its Infill Development Concept Plan proposal for new commercial and residential buildings in KENDALL Square.  The CRA Board and the Planning Board will conduct a joint public hearing to review the proposal on September 20th.  The full document is available below.  

    MXD Infill Development Concept Plan (8.8.16)

    IDCP August 2016 Initial Submission

    145 Broadway Schematic Design

    145 Broadway Schematic Design August 2016 Initial Submission

    Boston Properties presents MXD development plan elements

    The CRA has hosted presentations by Boston Properties on the Infill Development Concept Plan which lays out the urban design, circulation, open space, and phasing of new development in the MXD District.  The elements of the Concept Plan have been the focus of a series of presentations to the CRA Board, the Planning Board and a community open house in July. The presentations to date are available below:

    Open Space (3.16.16)

    Land Use and Massing (4.27.16)

    Sustainability (5.18.16)

    Circulation (6.15.16)

    Urban Design (7.19.20 & 7.20.16)

    CRA Submits NPC and KSTEP MOU to MEPA

    The CRA proposed the Kendall Square Transit Enhancement Program (KSTEP) as a key project element to the Kendall Square Urban Renewal Plan in 2015. The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs MEPA Office required that a Draft MOU outlining the KSTEP agreement to be circulated as a Notice of Project Change (NPC) in 2016.  As the Kendall Plan and MXD Zoning evolved during discussions with the City Council in late 2015 the NPC which outlines the Draft MOU also describes revisions to the MEPA project evaluated in 2015.  

    Notice of Project Change Published June 2016

    City Council Passes MXD ZONING PETITION AND KSURP AMENDMENT 10 on December 21, 2015

    The Cambridge City Council approved the 10th Amendment to the Kendall Square Urban Renewal Plan and adopted changes to the the MXD Zoning District.  These amendments allow for an additional 600,000 square feet of new commercial development, 420,000 square feet of housing, and between 52,000 and 105,000 square feet of innovation space within the project area. At least 25% of the new housing will be below market rate available for low to middle income households. The 'Innovation Space' will provide shared work space for start-up and scale-up companies.  The CRA has reserved 25% of the Innovation Space for subsidized entrepreneur programs service Cambridge residents.


    Documents for Download as Passed by City Council:

    KSURP Amendment (12.17.15)

    CRA MXD Zoning Petition (12.17.2015)

    Article 14 (Comprehensive Backline) (12.17.2015)

    Final Documents for Download as Published in the City of Cambridge Zoning Ordinance:

    KSURP Amendment 10 FINAL

    Article 14 MXD Zoning FINAL

    CRA SUBMITS Single Environmental Impact Report (SEIR)

    The CRA submitted the Single Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) for Plan Amendment 10 of the Kendall Square Urban Renewal Plan (KSURP) to MEPA on October 15, 2015. This SEIR addresses comments made by agencies and the public regarding the prior April 15, 2015 Notice of Project Change document. An electronic version is available on the CRA website at: or here at this link. Hardcopies of this document are available upon request by contacting Lauren DeVoe at (617) 728-7777 or email at

    The SEIR was noticed in the October 19, 2015 edition of the MEPA Environmental Monitor, commencing the 30-day public review period. Comments on the SEIR are due to the MEPA Office no later than November 18, 2015. Written comments can be submitted to the MEPA Office at the following address:

    Secretary Matthew A. Beaton
    Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
    Attention: MEPA Office re: EEA No. 1891
    100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900
    Boston, MA 02114

    Documents for Download:

    Single EIR Published October 2015 - Part 1 (13mb)

    Single EIR Published October 2015 - Part 2 (16mb)

    Appendix C: Transportation (5mb)

    Appendix D: Air Quality & GHG (2mb)

    ++++SEIR Update++++

    The Secretary of the Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) issued a final certificate that determined the Single Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) submitted by the CRA adequately and properly complies with MEPA regulations. The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) may now act on the the major amendment to the KSURP.

    Documents for Download:

    Single EIR Certificate from EOEEA (11.25.2015) 

    March 2015 public forum

    On March 12, 2015, the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority hosted a public forum to discuss a proposed amendment to the Kendall Square Urban Renewal Plan (KSURP), following the recommendations of the K2 Planning Study, completed by the City of Cambridge in 2013 (see documentation below). 

    We invited community members to participate in a presentation and discussion of the potential next phase of commercial and housing development within the MXD portion of the Plan Area.

    Meeting documents:

    Meeting Summary Document

    Presentation Slide Show

    Handout 1

    Handout 2

    Those who could not attend this meeting are encouraged to contribute to the ongoing discussion on the KSURP coUrbanize site

    About The Cambridge Center Master Plan 1979-2015

    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. The Cambridge Redevelopment Authority (CRA) assembled properties, prepared the site for development, and constructed public improvements. Through a public competition, the CRA selected Boston Properties as the master developer that continues to facilitate development.

    The Master Plan provides for over 4 million square feet (as of December 21, 2015) of new development in 19+ buildings across three development blocks.  The project accommodates a wide range of complementary uses: first-class office space and biotechnology laboratory space; hotel and retail space; more than 150,000 square feet of major public open space, parks, and plazas; and future residential buildings opening in 2018 and beyond. 

    As of December 21, 2015, the City Council passed a major amendment to the KSURP in order to accommodate additional development planned for by the City of Cambridge's K2 Planning Process. The K2 Plan anticipated capacity for up to one million additional square feet of development, including 400,000 square feet of housing.  


    Key Historic Documents

    Kendall Square Urban Renewal Plan Amendment 9 (March 2014)

    K2 Planning Study Report Part 1 & Part 2 (December 2013)

    Background of the Kendall Square Urban Renewal District

    KSURP Design Guidelines 1977

    Parcel 2 LDA

    Parcel 3&4 LDA

    MXD District Signage Review (approved September 2014)