University Park expansion (300 Massachusetts Avenue)300 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
Status: In planning
Themes: Innovation and collaboration
Renovation and renewal
Completion: To be determined
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.
Themes and priorities
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 as well as provide research space to enable growth within the nearby Cambridge Innovation Cluster.
This project will enhance the innovation district and help the Institute attract enterprising companies to Cambridge, encouraging them to collaborate with MIT scientists and engineers to advance human knowledge in the high-tech, life sciences, and energy arenas.
Currently in the planning stage, the expansion of University Park will help MIT continue to improve its surrounding physical environment for the benefit of the broader Cambridge community, our students, faculty, and staff, and neighboring innovation companies.
MIT and Forest City are pursuing a zoning amendment that would enable the project to move forward.
Architect: KlingStubbins, Cambridge, MA
MIT team: John McQuaid, Patrick Rowe, MIT Investment Management Company