Many members of the East Cambridge community are familiar with Alexandria Real Estate’s construction of thousands of square feet of new lab and office space in Kendall Square. As mitigation for the effects of development and construction, the City of Cambridge has secured a number of commitments from Alexandria including a new park, a large donation to the East Cambridge Open Space fund, and the use of the Foundry Works building as a space for the community.
On Monday, the first public meeting will be held to discuss how space in the Foundry Works Building will be used. The mitigation package that Alexandria has committed to includes more than 50,000 square feet of indoor space will be available for community use, and there are already many ideas out there about how to best take advantage of this great opportunity for our neighborhood.
I encourage any residents and community groups that would like to have a say in how the Foundry Works Building is converted for public use to attend the meeting on Monday. In order for the Foundry Building to become the public space that our neighborhood deserves, a robust public discussion needs to occur throughout the entire public planning process.
The meeting is being held by the Neighborhood and Long Term Planning Committee at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 4th. The location will be the Sullivan Chamber of Cambridge City Hall.
Should you have any questions about this meeting or wish to discuss your views on the Foundry Building with me, please contact me as soon as possible.