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Kendall Square MXD Substation Plan

Kendall Square MXD Substation Plan

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Center Plaza Rooftop Community Open House

When: Thursday, October 13, 2022 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT

Where: Blue Garage (Roof Level)

290 Binney St

Cambridge, MA 02142


You are invited to attend an open house featuring new potential concepts for the Center Plaza public open space to be built at the current site of the Blue Garage. We've developed some initial design directions for Center Plaza's character and feel based on input we've received so far, and we want to hear from you on the project's next steps! For this event, the future plaza will be chalked out at real scale (as best possible) on the garage, and it won't be one to miss.


This event is free and open to all, and seasonal sips and snacks will be provided. This event is hosted by BXP in partnership with the CRA. 



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In response to a call from the City Manager and in consultation with the City of Cambridge and the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority (CRA), Boston Properties (BXP) proposed an alternative site for the Eversource substation, on the site of the Blue Garage in Parcel Two of the Kendall Square Urban Redevelopment Plan (KSURP), located between Binney Street, Galileo Galilei Way, and Broadway.

On February 3rd, 2021, the Cambridge City Council voted unanimously to approve the MXD Substation Project's Article 14 Zoning and KSURP Amendment 11. After zoning approval, an amendment to the MXD's Infill Development Concept Plan (master plan) was approved in December of 2021. Building design review is now underway, with review of the proposed Center Plaza open space to follow.

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Project  DETAILS 

The project includes:

  • Providing a site for the substation and needed distribution infrastructure

  • Burying the substation underground

  • Demolishing and reconstructing the Blue Garage below grade

  • Completing 420,000 SF of housing on Parcel Two, with 25% below-market-rate housing

  • Constructing two new ~400,000 SF commercial buildings

  • Creating new open space and circulation connections

Community  BENEFITS 



Completion of 420,000 SF of housing development maintaining the commitment to 25% below market rate housing.


This project includes the creation of new open space and circulation connections.


This project includes the construction of two new 400,000 SF commercial buildings.

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