7/6 CHC Hearing – 411 Mass Ave

The Cambridge Historical Commission held a hearing on the Lafayette Square Building (recently occupied by Apollo Dental). Because of structural considerations, proximity to the Redline tunnel and a City storm drainage project, the CHC approved the demolition and restoration of the 1887 front facade. The western “partywall” will be replaced with a new brick facade […]

1/24 Planning Board Hearing – Traffic and Design Updates

Susan Sloan-Rossiter of VHB discussed servicing for the Mass+Main buildings as well any future development the City may consider on Parking Lot #6. David Nagahiro of CBT Architects provided design updates and discussed key issues included in Amendments 1 and 2.

1/5/17 Amendment 2 to Mass+Main Special Permit

In response to ongoing staff reviews, Amendment 2 provides the following changes and clarifications: Add 2 units to the B-2 building on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the historic Apollo Dental Building Add construction phasing plans to compliment the previously submitted draft Construction Management Plan Provide the existing plan for off-site parking at 65 […]

1/3 47 Bishop Allen Drive – Special Permit Approved

The Planning Board approved the Special Permit for 47 Bishop Allen Drive after a two-hour hearing. This approval makes it possible to replace the existing parking deck with 23 apartments. Alex Twining and Kishore Varanasi, CBT Architects, gave a 20 minute presentation before the unanimous Board vote.

11/15 Planning Board Overview of M+M Special Permit

Alex Twining of [ t ] TwiningProperties  gave a 10-minute overview of Mass+Main: historical context, planning and urban design concepts, program and physical features and project benefits. The Architect followed with a more detailed design presentation; see following Resource posting.

11/15 Planning Board Design Presentation

David Nagahiro of CBT Architects addressed urban design, site and building designs included in the Special Permit application. The well-attended Planning Board hearing also included a landscape design presentation by Michael Blier of Landworks Studio and a retail presentation by Jesse Baerkahn of Graffito SP.

11/15 Animations for M+M Special Permit

Three fly-through animations show the sidewalk-level experience along Mass Ave, Central Market (the retail-lined passageway) and Columbia Street. 1. From Sidney St at Mass Ave, cross the street to Central Market and Lafayette Square.(1:39 min) 2. From Brookline St on Mass Ave, cross the street, through plaza to Lafayette Square (1:12 min) 3. From Clement […]