The roadway will be repaved and new pavement markings and signage will be installed. The travel lanes on River St approaching Mass Ave will be marked as a thru lane (to Prospect Street) and a right turn lane (to eastbound Mass Ave) to
clarify the operation of the intersection.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
The building harkens back to Cambridge's days as a center for car manufacturing, detailed in Chaim Rosenberg's fascinating Goods for Sale, a 2007 book on the Massachusetts Industrial Age. According to Rosenberg, 640 Memorial was one of thirty plants that Henry Ford built to mass produce his Model T at the dawn of the 20th century. By 1926, the plant was already too small to assemble cars and trucks, so a larger factory was built at Assembly Square (now closed).
MIT acquired the building in 1956. In the years since, it was used first by the Polaroid company, and more recently, bustling with the active and growing biotech industry. Along with a lot of other Research and Development space in the city, it has been difficult to find and keep tenants in the current economy. In response, the MIT Investment Management Co. (the MIT group that manages the Institute's income-producing and tax-paying commercial properties) is now planning a renovation and addition to the property, as seen in the before/after images below.
At a public meeting with the neighborhood, officials from MIT explained that the addition would be built over part of what is parking lot now, and would not affect the curved facade that faces Memorial Drive, or the one-story portion of the building on Brookline Street. It would primarily be visible from the north, along Waverly Drive. MIT has been encouraged at this early stage by the City's consultants to use a modern, glass curtain-wall facade, to distinguish the addition from the historic structure. In any case, it may be awhile before there's any activity on the site, as MIT wants to identify a firm to occupy the full building so that it can tailor the build out for a specific tenant.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Not technically in Cambridgeport, but the Taste of Cambridge is certainly an event of interest to the neighborhood. God willing, the sun will actually appear in the New England sky this Thursday!
Thursday, June 25th
The Charles Hotel
From the sponsors:
The Taste of Cambridge is a celebration of the diverse restaurant scene in Cambridge. With cuisine from America to Japan to Brazil to France and everything in between, Cambridge is a melting pot — a tasty one to be sure — of culture and cuisine. This event features creative and abundant samples of food, beer and wine from the wonderful restaurants found around the city, enhanced by a beautiful outdoor setting, live music and a great crowd.
The best part of the event, however, is that it is held each year to benefit local Cambridge charities, the folks who work the hardest at keeping this a safe, healthy and family-oriented community! Taste of Cambridge is proud to announce that ALL PROCEEDS from our event will be donated to the following wonderful organizations:
Touted as the "best deal" culinary event in Greater Boston, your small ticket purchase will go a long way towards helping others, and you will be rewarded greatly, with the best food, drink and music our city has to offer!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
This is how it goes down:
First, put an enormous tent over the parking lot. Then, turn Magazine Street into an outdoor picnic. Fire up the bouzouki and some dancing, grab some gyros and a Mythos, and have yourself a great Friday night. And Saturday night. And Sunday night. It's a big, fat Greek wedding, for three straight nights.
According to the Dana Park Place website, the school still has some units remaining, with one-, two- and three-bedroom units priced between $499,000 and $849,000.