Kendall Square is a location in Boston that everyone is well aware of, but rarely is it anyone’s destination. Most people simply know it as a stop on the Red Line on the way to Harvard Square or as the location of the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
According to The Boston Globe, MIT is looking to change that with a $700 Million redevelopment of its eight properties in the Kendall Square area. Their hope is to transform Kendall Square into more than just a commercial area and create a comfortable neighborhood for people to not just work but also live. The plan involves around 1.1 million square feet of various offices, labs and retail spaces along Main Street as well as the proposal of an outdoor plaza in the hopes of creating a comfortable pedestrian and meeting area. As far as residential space, the plan includes 120 housing units. Cambridge officials are hoping that MIT’s plan will encourage other developers to add to Kendall Square’s development and turn it into a hub for a diverse range of activities, instead of a nerve center for pharmaceutical and biotech companies.
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