Enhancing Kendall Square as a place will have countless benefits, in many directions. I hope and believe it will benefit our Cambridge neighbors. And I know it will help strengthen the Kendall Square innovation ecosystem that is so essential to delivering this community’s best ideas to the world.

Sally Kornbluth

MIT President

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.

6/4/2021 | Final development plan.

02/03/2021 | MIT Volpe Redevelopment Plan

Development Proposal
Part I & Part II
Addendum #1 & Addendum #2
Visualizations by: Interface Multimedia & Design Distill

10/23/2017 | Comitment Letter

Commitments and conditions accompanying the zoning petition.

10/23/2017 | Community Benefits

Zoning and commitment letter.

10/05/2017 | Zoning Petition

First Publication in the Chronicle

11/09/2015 | CDD PUD-KS Draft Framework

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

07/17/2015 | 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.

01/01/2013 | 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.

Presentations

09/20/2023 | Community Meeting Presentation

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05/10/2023 | Community Meeting Presentation

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7/20/2021 | Presentation to the Planning Board

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4/6/2021 | Presentation to the Planning Board

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10/27/2020 | MIT Volpe Redevelopment Plan

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10/21/2020 | Virtual Community Meeting

On October 21, 2020, we hosted a meeting to inform the community and seek input on our proposed plan for the rezoning of the Volpe Exchange Parcel, which was approved by City Council in 2017.

10/03/2017 | Ordinance Committee Hearing #3

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.

08/02/2017 | Community Zoning Submission

In August 2017, we presented our proposed pans for the Volpe Exchange Parcel to the Ordinance Committee, including a Master Plan overview and conceptual site plans.

07/25/2017 | Cambridge Planning Board Zoning Submission Overview

In July 2017, we presented our Master Plan for the Volpe Exchange Parcel to the Cambridge Planning Board for zoning approval.

06/07/2017 | 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.

05/10/2017 | Site Plan Options

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.

02/16/2017 | 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.

In the Press

01/10/24 | Boston Globe

The latest addition to Kendall Square is a good one: The new Volpe transportation center is government building at its best.

09/20/23 | MIT News

New Volpe Center opens to support the country’s most innovative transportation projects.

09/07/23 | Boston Business Journal

MIT wants to make space for ‘middle-market’ biotechs in Kendall Square.

06/15/23 | Boston Globe

Now a Push to Bring More Culture Connection to – Kendall Square

04/13/22 | Boston Globe

New Tower in Kendall would be Cambridges tallest.

02/10/21 | Boston Globe

MIT shares its vision for massive Kendall Square project.

02/05/19 | MIT News

First step on Volpe parcel planned for 2019

02/05/19 | MIT News

First step on Volpe parcel planned for 2019

10/25/2017 | The Crimson

City Council Greenlights Volpe Redevelopment

06/30/17 | Wicked Local

Community gives feedback to MIT on Volpe Center plans

06/21/17 | MIT News

MIT files rezoning petition for Volpe site.

02/16/17 | Biz Journals

MIT outlines early plan for ‘once-in-a-generation’ Volpe site development

11/18/16 | MIT News

3Q: Israel Ruiz on MIT’s role in shaping the future of the Volpe Center

11/15/16 | MIT News

Federal government announces next step in Volpe Center redevelopment process

09/19/23 | Boston Globe

New Volpe Transportation Center opens as part of a $750 million project.

Banker & Tradesman

MIT Unveils Designs for Gateway to Volpe Property

10/07/21 | MIT News

Volpe project prepares for design phase.

10/07/21 | MIT News

Volpe project prepares for design phase.

02/04/21 | MIT News

Volpe redevelopment project launches next phase

10/26/2017 | The Tech

Cambridge City Council approves MIT’s petition for Volpe Center rezoning

10/16/17 | Wicked Local

MIT makes big promises to Cambridge if Volpe Plan Ok’d

06/21/2017 | Boston Globe

MIT plans massive project for Kendall Square.

02/16/17 | Cambridge Day

Volpe redo means 1,400 more living spaces as well as 60% of office, lab, retail.

01/18/2017 | Cambridge Day

MIT agrees to pay government $750 million to redevelop Kendall Square’s Volpe parcel

11/16/16 | Wicked Local

Feds select MIT to redevelop Volpe site

11/15/16 | Boston Business Journal

MIT selected as developer of Kendall Square’s Volpe site

11/15/16 | Boston Globe

MIT tapped to redevelop Volpe Center in Cambridge

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2023

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2022

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2021

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2020

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2019

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