Development Districts

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Cambridge’s development districts are major employment centers, offering a mix of office, research and development, and manufacturing space to high and low technology companies.





Concord - Alewife

Fresh Pond/Alewife Development District Locus MapServed by regional roadways and public transit, this area is made up of a number of sub-districts with a mixture of older industrial buildings, modern offices buildings and retail uses. This is the largest area of the city with significant development potential, nearly 3 million square feet, and is expected to develop over the next 15-20 years.

Click here for more information and documents for the Concord-Alewife Area.

University Park - Lower Cambridgeport

University Park Development District Locus MapUniversity Park is a 27 acre mixed-use development of 2.3 million square feet of office, research, commercial and residential space. Major tenants of University Park include Millennium Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Partners Healthcare.

Lower Cambridgeport borders MIT and the Charles River and enjoys easy access to roadways leading to Boston. Many old factory buildings in this district have been converted into headquarters for biotech and high tech companies.

Click here for more information on design guidelines for University Park.

Kendall Square - East Cambridge

Kendall Square Development District Locus MapThe Kendall Square area, which is a locus for R&D and life sciences activity, includes Cambridge Center, One Kendall Square, Technology Square and Cambridge Research Park. The area is now coming into its own as a residential destination as well, with recent completion of over 500 rental housing units. The area has recently been rezoned for an additional 1.8 million square feet of R&D development.

Click here for more information and documents for the Kendall Square and East Cambridge area.

North Point

North Point Development District Locus MapThis area has been permitted for a 4.4 million square feet mixed-use project, in the eastern part of Cambridge and close to the financial district of the city of Boston. The project, when built out, will create an entirely new neighborhood of the city and will encompass 2.2 million square feet of commercial/R&D and retail space and 2,400 to 2,700 housing units.

Click here for more information about North Point and for design guidelines for the district.

For More Information

For more information on the City’s Development Districts, please contact Suzannah Bigolin at or 617/349-4646 or Pardis Saffari at or at 617/349-4654.