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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. Construction will start in November 2017 with a phased completion by mid-2020. See Construction News & Updates #3 →
The property formerly occupied by Quest Diagnostics was purchased in late 2012. [ t ] TwiningProperties conducted 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. The City Council approved zoning with a 7:2 vote, and later, the Planning Board unanimously approved Special Permits, the last public approval needed before Building Permits.
- 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.
Chronicle5 WCVB-TV 5/23/17
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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.