MIT moves forward with 450-bed graduate student tower in Kendall Square

Boston Business Journal
November 29, 2016

The Cambridge Planning Board on Tuesday will hear public comment regarding the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s plan to build a 450-bed graduate student tower in Cambridge’s Kendall Square at 292 Main St.

The building is proposed to have a total of 30 levels, which includes 25 stories of student housing. The tower’s maximum height is 300 feet.

The project is the first of MIT’s Kendall Square Initiative South of Main (SoMa) plan to move through design review. SoMa is a five-building, 6.75-acre planned unit development that MIT says“is an opportunity to transform five parking lots owned by MIT on its East Campus into a new, fully urban, mixed-use district in the heart of Kendall Square.”

The Kendall Square Initiative has been in the works since 2010. The Cambridge Planning Board granted MIT a special permit for its SoMa development plans this past May, and the board on Tuesday will discuss the tower’s design review.

The SoMA project is less than a mile from the 14-acre John A. Volpe Transportation Systems center site, a federally owned property at 55 Broadway that MIT has recently been tapped to redevelop. MIT has not disclosed its proposed development for the Volpe site.

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