ABC August Newsletter: Campaigns Begin and Kendall Square Draws Multiple Proposals

Summer is coming to an end which means a return to weekly Council meetings next month and the campaigns for City Council and School Committee ramping up. Below please find the August ABC newsletter.


The City Council is set to increase linkage fees to $12 per square foot from $4.58 with an addition of $1 each year for the next three years. These fees which are paid by commercial developers help fund new and existing affordable housing within the city.
Boston Globe

A commercial and residential development proposal for part of Kendall Square near Broadway and Galilelo Galilei Way was released. The development would require zoning changes.
Cambridge Chronicle
Boston Business Journal

MIT unveiled a $1.2 billion plan for the area immediately around the Kendall Square T stop. Plans include adding graduate student housing and construction could begin as early as next year.
Boston Globe

There are three firms applying to lead the citywide planning process that is expected to be completed in the next three years. It is likely the contract will be awarded sometime this month.
Cambridge Chronicle

There are officially 24 candidates for City Council and 11 candidates for School Committee. The election will be held on Tuesday, November 3rd.
Cambridge Civic Journal
Cambridge Chroncile


The next A Better Cambridge general meeting will take place on Thursday, September 17th at 7 pm. Location TBD.

CDD will be holding an informal drop-in conversation on the Volpe Center rezoning on Thursday, August 20th from 11 am to 2 pm at the Kendall Square Farmers Market (350 Kendall Street). There will also be a sit-down forum that was rescheduled from August 17th announced in the coming weeks.
Community Development Department

The city is accepting project ideas for the second round of participatory budgeting through August 31st.
City of Cambridge



According to the American Public Transportation Survey, an individual in the Boston metro area that switches their commute to public transportation would save more than $14,000 a year.