Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Proposed building illustration

University Park expansion (300 Massachusetts Avenue)

300 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Status: In construction

Themes: Innovation and collaboration
Renovation and renewal

Completion: 2016

MIT and Forest City are working together to revive and redevelop an underused section of Massachusetts Avenue, enriching the innovation district with new research and retail spaces.


Proposed building illustration
Proposed building illustration
Proposed building illustration
Site plan University Park area


In construction

Completion Date


Themes and priorities

Innovation and collaboration
Renovation and renewal

MIT has entered into an agreement with longtime development partner Forest City on a collaboration to redevelop a dilapidated portion of Massachusetts Avenue – part of the 300 Mass Ave block adjacent to MIT dormitory Random Hall. This project involves replacing existing buildings that are run down and underutilized with a new mixed-use building designed to bring significant new retail vitality to the area and provide research space to enable further growth of the Cambridge Innovation Cluster.

Now fully permitted, 300 Mass Ave is moving into the construction phase, with completion and occupancy anticipated in early 2016. The research and office portions of the building – all but 15,000 square feet that has been designated for retail uses – will be occupied by Millennium/Takeda, a life science company that is currently in University Park at MIT and will be expanding its footprint to support a more extensive research program. Retail shops and restaurants will occupy nearly the entire frontage of the building along Massachusetts Avenue, and will be identified when construction of the project is further along.

The 300 Mass Ave project represents a significant commitment to strengthening retail vitality and enhances the pedestrian street-level experience. This project supports MIT’s goal to continuously improve its surrounding physical environment for the benefit of the broader Cambridge community, our students, faculty, and staff, and neighboring innovation companies.

Image credits

Courtesy Forest City and their design team Kling Stubbins



300 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA


Commercial, Retail

Project Team

Architect: KlingStubbins, Cambridge, MA
MIT team: John McQuaid, Patrick Rowe, MIT Investment Management Company


300,000 gsf