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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.


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. Additional hearings will be held in September.

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

MIT has been meeting with residents, community groups, City representatives, the Cambridge Volpe Working Group, and MIT representatives to collect input that is informing our approach to the redevelopment. In response to feedback and to promote further dialogue, we have compiled a preliminary set of draft principles and several site plan schemes.


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.

MIT Rezoning Petition


On June 21, 2017, MIT filed its Volpe rezoning petition, launching the City’s formal public hearing process. The proposal builds on several years of community-wide analysis, and specifically reflects input gathered during five months of MIT-led community discussions since the Volpe agreement was announced in January. The proposal includes a robust blend of components that will serve to further promote a vibrant mixed-use hub of activity in Kendall Square.



September 6, 2017
  • Workshop with the CHA

    September 6, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Pisani Center, 131 Washington Street

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September 7, 2017
  • Community Workshop

    September 7, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    Boston Marriott Cambridge, 50 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA

    Please join us at a community workshop where we will seek additional input on open space, retail, and community space programming locations.

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MIT aims to create a dynamic mixed-use center in Kendall Square through this historic opportunity to redevelop the Volpe parcel.

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