Kendall Square Overview

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Kendall Square is the center of Cambridge's innovation economy and continues to evolve rapidly. The district is becoming more active and mixed-use, with growing ground floor retail, streetscape improvements, redeveloped open spaces and the construction of new residential buildings and office/R&D space. The CRA has been instrumental in the transformation of Kendall Square since the 1960's with the adoption of the Kendall Square Urban Renewal Plan (KSURP). A brief history of the urban renewal plan can be found here.  Below highlights current and planned projects in the KSURP area.  

Important Documents

Infill Development Concept Plan (IDCP)

In February of 2017, The CRA Board and Planning Board approved a new Infill Development Concept Plan (IDCP) for the MXD District of the Kendall Square Urban Renewal Plan (KSURP). The IDCP is a concept plan required to be created and approved by the CRA and City, as a result of the major KSURP Amendment 10 passed by the CRA Board and City Council in December of 2015. The concept plan was informed by the K2 planning process, and details the urban design, circulation, open space and phasing of new development in the MXD District. The IDCP may be downloaded here.

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, and continues to facilitate development today.

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 (note this document has been supplemented/revised by Chapter 10 of the IDCP of February 2017)

Parcel 2 LDA

Parcel 3&4 LDA

MXD District Signage Review (approved September 2014)


For Information on Kendall Square (2012-2016) Visit our Archived Page