Building on the comprehensive planning study undertaken by the City of Cambridge (K2C2) to develop a vision of Kendall Square, the framework is set for further growth of the Kendall Square district. Several projects and initiatives are in various stages of planning, design, and construction and all of them will contribute in different ways to make Kendall Square a desirable place to live, work, and play.
Since 2010, MIT has worked with the broader community to advance an initiative to bring new vibrancy and diversity to Kendall Square. This comprehensive six-year process, involving the MIT and Cambridge communities, benefitted from several critical studies which shaped a six-parcel plan with a dynamic blend of uses, including housing, laboratories, retail, innovation space, open space, and the MIT Museum.
Alexandria Center at Kendall Square ("ACKS") includes 1.7 million RSF of new development on a 2.5 million RSF urban science and technology campus in the heart of Kendall Square. The campus includes four new office/laboratory buildings and two new mid-rise residential buildings adjacent to a two acre park currently being designed by the City of Cambridge.
More housing is critically needed to continue to draw the workforce leading this innovation cluster and provide more affordable units. Currently under construction and delivering in summer of 2018, 88 Ames Street is a 280 unit, high-rise residential building with street level retail and 36 affordable units. There will be a mix of unit types from micro-units to two bedrooms.
The Cambridge Redevelopment Authority has adopted changes to the Kendall Square Urban Renewal Plan ("KSURP") that will allow for an additional 600,000 SF of commercial development and 400,000 SF of housing within the project area. This update will help meet the demand for new housing (25% affordable), retail, and innovation space, as well as support new parks and great public spaces.