Mass+Main is an assemblage of three buildings on two city blocks converging on the prime corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Main Street in Central Square, Cambridge. In partnership with the City of Cambridge, [ t ] TwiningProperties received zoning approval in May 2015 and in January 2017 design approvals for a 308 unit mixed-income residential community with retail on Massachusetts Avenue and Columbia Street. Mass+Main will be 307,000 square feet of mixed uses with excellent subway access on the MBTA Redline.
In December 2012, Dr. J.R. Fennell sold his property to [ t ] TwiningProperties and Normandy Real Estate Partners. Formerly occupied by Quest Diagnostics, the commercial operation relocated to Marlborough by the end of 2015. Today, Normandy Real Estate Partners no longer holds an interest and [ t ] TwiningProperties is the sole developer.
There was an extensive four-year community outreach, including 5 open houses, over 25 community and public hearings, and over 1,100 community conversations. The project improved with input from many, forming a consensus for a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) residential community with 20% affordable and middle income apartments and retail shops. To that end, the City Council approved zoning with a 7:2 vote and the Planning Board unanimously approved Special Permits, the last public approval needed before the Building Permit.
We are proud to have partnerships with neighborhood institutions and non-profits: St Paul AME Church, Massasoit Elks Lodge, Margaret Fuller House, Community Art Center and Tutoring Plus. We appreciate the hard work of City departments, advisory committees, Planning Board and the supportive community. Construction is expected to start in summer 2017.
- Marks entry to Central Square
- 285 apartments in two buildings
- 20% affordable & middle-income units
- Another 23 new units on Bishop Allen Drive
- Passageways connect public spaces
- Shops, Restaurants & Food Vendors Line Sidewalks and Passageways
- Local vendors / small shops
- Bustling marketplace
- Moved parking underground / removed ugly garage
- Added more housing & affordable units
- Retail activates passageways
- Fit new storm system into site / fix flooding
- Allow for the future
celebrating the vibrancy of central square.
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Central Square in the 1920’s was a bustling commercial district with six department stores.
The intersection at Mass Ave and Main Street was once the site of Central Square Cinema. However, during the 1950’s up through the 70’s, this part of Central Square went into decline as the battle to build a six lane I-695 right through the site was waged. Thankfully the neighborhood prevailed, and the highway was stopped!
We chose to invest in Central Square because it is an exciting and vibrant place with lots of restaurants, entertainment and cultural institutions surrounded by great residential neighborhoods.
Central Square is Cambridge’s downtown, with a rich history as a shopping,
cultural and civic center of the city.