MIT aims to create a dynamic mixed-use center in Kendall Square through this historic opportunity to redevelop the Volpe parcel. The Institute will build on the Cambridge community’s extensive urban planning and visioning efforts to advance a plan that connects the neighborhood with new open space, pedestrian links, housing, retail, and science and innovation space.

2nd Annual Volpe Block Party


Games, Free Food, and Live Music!

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First step on Volpe parcel planned for 2019

Final Zoning Documents

Thank you for your support throughout the Volpe Rezoning petition process!

On June 21, 2017, MIT filed its Volpe rezoning petition, launching the City’s formal public hearing process. The proposal built on several years of community-wide analysis, and specifically reflected input gathered during five months of MIT-led community discussions. It was further refined through the City’s process and numerous community meetings, and further augmented by a commitment letter. MIT is committed to promoting a vibrant, diverse, and welcoming hub of activity in Kendall Square.


MIT Commitment Letter

Based on the needs heard at over 70 community meetings and several hearings with the Planning Board and Ordinance Committee, MIT drafted a commitment letter and shared the key elements with the City Council and Ordinance Committee along with a summary. A community benefits summary is available here.

September - October Hearings

In September responses to feedback were presented along with updated drawings. In early October the commitment letter draft was shared in a presentation to the Ordinance Committee along with a community benefits summary.

July-August Zoning Petition Overviews

MIT presented an overview of the zoning and the process to the Planning Board on July 25 and the Ordinance Committee on August 2.

June 2017 Ordinance Committee Hearing

At a June 7, 2017 Ordinance Committee hearing CDD and MIT presented updates on the Volpe Working Group progress to date, community feedback, initial urban design principles, and several site plan options.

May 2017 Community Update

In May we compiled a preliminary set of draft principles and several site plan schemes in response to community feedback and to promote further dialogue.


Kendall Square Central Square Planning Study (K2C2)

In 2011-2012 the City of Cambridge conducted a comprehensive planning study and public process. The K2 committee recommendations  were incorporated into the 2013 Kendall Square Design Guidelines and Kendall Square Final Report.


Eastern Cambridge/Kendall Square Open Space Study

The study and Connect Kendall competition culminated in the final Connect Kendall Square Framework Plan, the result of an innovative process that generated creative ideas and strategies. More information about that process is available  here.


CDD PUD-KS Draft Framework

In 2015 the Cambridge CDD released its draft PUD-KS Draft Urban Design Framework based on the K2 study.

February 2017 Community Meeting Presentations

On February 16, 2017 MIT presented an update on the Volpe process to date and some initial plans and design thoughts for the Volpe site. The presentation slides are available here.


Thank you for joining us at the MIT/Volpe Block Party& Games! We had a blast and looks like you did, too!

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