Current and Recent Special Permits

This table includes special permit applications, supporting documents, hearing notices, and decisions for all applications submitted since the beginning of 2011 and not yet built or currently under construction.

Please note that some of these files are large and may take a significant amount of time to download onto a computer.

For More Information

For more information about these and other special permit applications contact Liza Paden at 617/349-4647 or lpaden@cambridgema.gov.

Permit
(Name)
Address/
Application Documents
Application/
Location Map
Hearing Notice/
Decision
PB26 Major Amendments 125 Cambridgepark Drive

Amendment #3: See PB279 for application and related materials

Amendment #4: See PB292 for application and related materials
 -------- Decision (Amendment #3)

Decision (Amendment #4)
PB47 Major Amendments 150 Cambridgepark Drive

Amendment #2: See PB279 for application and related materials

Amendment #3: See PB292 for application and related materials
 -------- Decision (Amendment #2)

Decision (Amendment #3)
PB118 Parking Amendment See PB 301    Decision (Amendment #1)
PB175 Major Amendment 3 Maple Leaf Building/East and Leighton Streets Development Proposal
Final Development Plan
Notice Sept. 20, 2011
Notice Nov. 1, 2011
Plans
Resubmitted Plan
Utility Plans
Traffic Study
• CDD Memo
Map Preliminary Determination
Decision
PB175 Major Amendment 4 1-5 East Street Dimensional Changes • Development Proposal Notice Sept. 16, 2014
• Second Hearing Notice January 20, 2015
CDD Memo - October 21, 2014
• Additional Plans
Additional Plans - January 12, 2015
CDD Memo - January 13, 2015
Design Review Materials - June 12, 2015
Map Decision
PB179 (NorthPoint) North Point Development Notice - October 2, 2012
Notice - July 22, 2014
• Notice - August 5, 2014
• Notice - January 20, 2015

Notice - June 7, 2016
Amendment 3 (Major) - 2012
Application
Plans 1 of 3
Plans 2 of 3
Plans 3 of 3
Prior Permits and Submitted Plans

Design Review: Parcel "N" - 2012
• Parcel N Plans 1 of 3
• Parcel N Plans 2 of 3
• Parcel N Plans 3 of 3
• Parcel N Supplemental Plans

Amendment 4 (Major) - 2014
Development Proposal Application
Preliminary Determination Criteria
Traffic & Parking Memo
Final Development Plan ApplicationCDD and TPT Comments - January 13, 2015

Amendment 5 (Minor) - 2015
Request for Minor Amendment (Phasing)
Staff Documents

Amendment 6 (Major) - 2016
Development Proposal 1/3
Development Proposal 2/3
Development Proposal 3/3
Map Amendment 3
Preliminary Determination
Decision

Amendment 4
• Preliminary Determination
• Extension
• Decision 

Amendment 5
Written Determination
PB189 303 Third Street Notice
Amendment 7 (Parking) - 2014
Application
CDD Memo

Amendment 8 (Parking) - 2015
Application
• See Case PB 301
Map  Decision

Decision (Amendment 8)
PB198 Amendments (Discovery Park) Acorn Park Drive (See Application Documents Below-Left) • Notice 
• Continued Notice October 21, 2014
Original Special Permit #198
Major Amdt. Application Vol. 1
Major Amdt. Application Vol. 2
Major Amdt. Application Vol. 3
Minor Amdt. Application Vol. 1
Minor Amdt. Application Vol. 2
Memos from CDD, TPT, DPW Staff
Special Permit Criteria
Supplemental Application Materials - September 24, 2014 
• DPW Memo to Planning Board
• Memo from CDD, October 14, 2014

Amendment Request - March, 2016
• Minor Amendment Request - Narrative
Design Review Graphics - Buildings 400, 500
Pedestrian Wind Report
CDD Memo
Decision (Major Amendment)

Determination (Minor Amendment)
PB231A Major Amendment 2 150 Second Street Application Notice
Presentation to Planning Board Map • Preliminary Determination
• Decision
PB231A Major Amendment 3 First Street - Multiple Sites Revised Development Proposal:
Narrative
Graphics 1/3
Graphics 2/3
Graphics 3/3
Final Development Plan:
Narrative
• Graphics 1/3
• Graphics 2/3
• Graphics 3/3
• Revisions 1/3
• Revisions 2/3
• Revisions 3/3
Notice - September 29, 2015

Notice - December 15, 2015
Staff Documents - September 23, 2015

Special Permit Criteria (from Zoning)
CDD Documents - December 9, 2015
TPTD Documents - December 9, 2015
Map Preliminary Determination

Decision
PB241A
(St. James)
Reauthorization
1991-2013 Massachusetts Avenue, St. James Episcopal Church and Car Wash site Application Notice
Original Decision
Traffic Study and Comments
Zoning Relief Requested
Map Decision
PB243
(Alexandria PUD)
50, 75, 100, 125 and 225 Binney Street, 161 First Street, and 270 Third Street
Final Development Plan (2010) - Narrative
Final Development Plan (2010) - Graphics Part 1/3
Final Development Plan (2010) - Graphics Part 2/3
Final Development Plan (2010) - Graphics Part 3/3
75-125 Binney Street Design Review Plans
100 Binney Street Design
Staff Memo - 100 Binney Street
Map PUD Final Decision
PB243 Amendment #1
(Parking Reduction)
50, 75, 100, 125 and 225 Binney Street, 161 First Street, and 270 Third Street Application
Supplemental Memo
Hearing Notice - March 31, 2015
Staff Documents - March 24, 2015 Map
PB256
(Hampshire St.)
34-36 Hampshire Street Application Notice
Plans
Traffic Study
Parking Plans
Map Decision
PB265
(Novartis Expansion)
181 Massachusetts Avenue Application Notice
Plans
Courtyard Design
Revised Courtyard Design
• December 11, 2011 Traffic & parking Comments
Map Decision
PB272
(165 Cambridgepark Drive)
165 Cambridgepark Drive Application Notice
Plans
• Revised Plans
September 11, 2012 Traffic & Parking Comments
October 30, 2012 Traffic & Parking Comments
Map Decision
PB273
(54R Cedar Street)
54R Cedar Street
Also known as 54 1/2 Cedar Street
• Application
Revised Application
September 11, 2012 Notice
January 15, 2013 Notice
• Plans
Revised Elevation Plan
Map Decision (Denial)
PB274
(51 Cedar Street)
 51 Cedar Street Application Notice
Plans
Revised Plans
Map Decision
PB275
(350 Third Street Green Roof)
350 Third Street Application Notice
Map Decision
PB276
(33 Cottage Park)
33 Cottage Park Avenue Application Notice
Revised Notice
Continued Notice
Plans Map Decision
PB277
(King School)
100 Putnam Avenue Application Notice
Map Decision
PB278
(240 Sidney Street)
240 Sidney Street Application
• Revised Application
Notice
Continued Notice
• Plans Part 1
Plans Part 2 
• Revised Plans
• Additional Submission
Map Decision
PB279
(130 Cambridgepark Drive)
130 Cambridgepark Drive Application Notice
Plans
• Revised Plans
Traffic Study 

 

Map • Decision 
See also PB26 Major Amendment
See also PB47 Major Amendment
PB282
(533 Putnam Ave.)
533 Putnam Avenue Application Notice
Plans Map Decision
PB283
(300 Massachusetts Avenue)
300 Massachusetts Avenue Application Part 1
Application Part 2
Notice
• Continued Notice
Traffic Study 
• CDD Comments
• Additional Submission
Revised Plans for September 3, 2013
CDD Updated Comments
Map Decision
PB284
(15-33 Richdale Avenue)
15-33 Richdale Avenue Application • Notice 
Notice
Plans
• Traffic & Parking Memo
• Revised Plans
• Revised Dimensional Form
• Revised Application
• Traffic Study Supplement
Map Decision
PB285
(10 Essex Street)
10 Essex Street Application
Revisions to Application
Notice
• Plans
Revised Plans January 15, 2014
• Traffic & Parking Dept. Memos
Map Decision
PB286
(JC Adams)
75 New Street Application  • Notice
• Continued Notice
November 25, 2014 Continued Notice
• Plans
Transportation Impact Study
• Traffic & Parking Memo
• Design Review Memo
CDD Comments
• Revised Plans
Supplemental Materials (September 2014)
Staff Memo (September 2014)
• Supplemental Materials 2 (September 2014)
Revised Materials (November 2014) 
• Criteria and Findings
• CDD Staff Memo
• Level of Service Memo
• Acoustics Study
Map Decision
PB288
(Courthouse)
40 Thorndike Street Application • Notice
• Continued Notice
Continued Notice
• Continued Notice 
• Continued Notice
• Plans Part 1
• Plans Part 2
• Traffic & Parking Comments
• Traffic Study
• Update to Planning Board
• Construction Mitigation Plan
• Lighting Memo
• Glare Study
• Wind Study
Supplemental Narrative
Revised Drawings
CDD Memo
Traffic & Parking Update
Applicant Presentation July 29, 2014
• Applicant Submittal September 23, 2014
Map Decision 
PB289
(Crimson Galleria)
57 JFK Street • Notice
Plans
Request for Continuance
Map Withdrawal
PB290
(1-3 Langdon Street)
1-3 Langdon Street Application • Notice
Application and Plans Map Decision
PB291
(16-18 Bellis Circle)
16-18 Bellis Circle Application • Notice
Application and Plans Map Decision
PB292
(180R/88 Cambridgepark Drive)
180R Cambridgepark Drive/
88 Cambridgepark Drive
Application Part 1
Application Part 2
Application Part 3
Updated Application
• June 17 2014 Notice
July 8, 2014 Notice
• October 7, 2014 Continued Notice
Original plans Part 1
Original plans Part 2
Original Plans Part 3
Transportation Impact Study
• Conservation Commission
Order of Conditions 

CDD Memo
Traffic & Parking Memo
Special Permit Criteria
Staff Memo on Planning in the "Triangle"
Revised Plans - August 12, 2014
Revised Plans Part 1 - September 30, 2014
Revised Plans Part 2 - September 30, 2014
CDD Memo - October 2, 2014
TPT Memo - October 3, 2014

Design Review Materials - September 30, 2015
Map Decision
PB293
(Harvard Kennedy School of Government)
79 JFK Street Application Documents Below-Left • Hearing Notice
November 25, 2014 Continued Notice
Application - Narrative
Application - Plans
Application - Illustrations
Application - Transportation Study
Application - Appendices B-H
Staff Memo - September 30, 2014
Special Permit Criteria 
• Presentation to Planning Board - October 21, 2014
CDD Memo - October 21, 2014 
• Additional Materials Part 1 - November 18, 2014
• Additional Materials Part 2 - November 18, 2014
• CDD Memo - November 20, 2014
• Bicycle Parking Design Revisions - June 12, 2015 
Map Decision
PB294
(Ames Street Housing)
88 Ames Street Application Part 1
Application Part 2
Application Part 3
Application Part 4
Hearing Notice - December 2, 2015

Hearing Notice - March 3, 2015 (Hearing closed, deliberation continued to March 24, 2015)
Transportation Impact Study
Special Permit Criteria
CDD Memo - November 26, 2014
TPT Memo - November 26, 2014
DPW Memo - November 26, 2014
Supplemental Materials 1/2 - February 5, 2015
Supplemental Materials 2/2 - February 5, 2015
CDD and TPT Memos - February 25, 2015
Staff Materials - March 17, 2015
Map Decision
PB295
(Webster Auto Parts Residential Conversion)
305 Webster Ave Application Narrative
Application Drawings Part 1/2
Application Drawings Part 2/2
Hearing Notice - March 31, 2015

Hearing Notice - May 26, 2015
Staff Documents - March 25, 2015
Revised Drawings - May 12, 2015
Staff Documents - May 19, 2015
Map Decision
PB296
(Crimson Galleria Office Addition)
57 JFK Street Application Narrative (Revised)
Application Drawings (Revised)
Hearing Notice - February 17, 2015

Continued Hearing - July 21, 2015
• Staff Documents - February 13, 2015
Supplemental Memo from Applicant - May 20, 2015
Revised Drawings and Graphics
Staff Documents - July 15, 2015
Map Decision
PB297
First Street PUD
85-139 First Street Development Proposal Narrative
Development Proposal Drawings (1/3)
Development Proposal Drawings (2/3)
Development Proposal Drawings (3/3)
Amendment to PB#231A, Development Proposal
Hearing Notice - March 24, 2015
Special Permit Criteria - Development Proposal
Staff Materials - March 18, 2015

SEE CASE PB231A Major Amendment 3 for additional materials.
Map Decision (Withdrawn; proposal re-submitted as Major Amendment to PB #231A)
PB298
(Usable Green Roof Installation)
950 Massachusetts Ave Application Narrative
Application Drawings
Hearing Notice - May 19, 2015
Staff Materials - May 12, 2015 Map Decision
PB299 2551 Massachusetts Ave Application Narrative
Application Graphics
Hearing Notice - July 28, 2015
Staff Documents
Extension Request
Map
PB300
(Eliot Street Residential Addition)
16-18 Eliot Street Application Narrative
Application Graphics
Hearing Notice - July 14, 2015
Special Permit Review Criteria
Staff Materials - July 7, 2015
Harvard Square Advisory Committee Report
Map Decision
PB301
249 Third Street Application:
Narrative and Appendices
Drawings
Transportation Study

195 Binney Street - Amendment Application

303 Third Street - Amendment Application
Hearing Notice - August 18, 2015

Continued Hearing - October 6, 2015
• Staff Materials - August 13, 2015
Revised Applicant Materials - September 22, 2015
• Staff Materials - September 30, 2015
Map Decision
PB302
MIT Kendall Square "NoMa" PUD
One Broadway DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL
Application:
PUD Narrative
Project Review Narrative 
Graphics:
Part 1/2
Part 2/2
Transportation Impact Study ("NoMa" and "SoMa"):
Part 1/4
Part 2/4
Part 3/4
Part 4/4
• Technical Appendix

FINAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN
• Narrative
Studies:
• Transportation (with PB #303)
• Wind (with PB #303)
• Retail (with PB #303)
• LEED (with PB #303)
• Acoustical (with PB #303)
• Shadows (1/2)
• Shadows (2/2)
Plans:
• Existing Conditions
• Site
• Building

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS - APRIL, 2016
Response Memo to Planning Board
Supplemental Wind Report
Sustainability Strategies
Hearing Notice - September 8, 2015

Hearing Notice - January 5, 2016

Hearing Notice - May 17, 2016
DPW Memo - September 1, 2015 (302 only)
CDD Memo - September 2, 2015 (302 and 303)
TPT Memo - September 2, 2015 (302 and 303)

Final Development Plan Zoning Criteria (302 and 303)
CDD Memo - December 29, 2015 (302 and 303)
Traffic Study Correction (302 and 303)

TPT Memo - May 9, 2016 (302 and 303)
CDD Memo - May 11, 2016 (302 and 303)
Draft Urban Design Guidelines
Draft Sustainability Guidelines
Map Preliminary Determination
PB303
MIT Kendall Square "SoMa" PUD
Multiple sites, south of Main Street, Kendall Square DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL
Application:
PUD Narrative
Project Review Narrative
Graphics:
Section A
Section B(1)
Section B(2)
Sections C+D
Section D (by building):
Building 2
Building 3
Building 4(1)
Building 4(2)
Building 4(3)
Building 4(4)
Building 4(5)
Building 5(1)
Building 5(2)
Parking
Section E(1)
Section E(2)
Section F(1)
Section F(2)
Section G

FINAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN
• Narrative
Studies:
• Transportation (with PB #302)
• Wind (with PB #302)
• Retail (with PB #302)
• LEED (with PB #302)
• Acoustical (with PB #302)
• Shadows (1/2)
• Shadows (2/2)
Plans:
• Existing Conditions
• Site (1/3)
• Site (2/3)
• Site (3/3)
• Ground Floors
• Building Concept (1/3)
• Building Concept (2/3)
• Building Concept (3/3)
• Buildings (1/5)
• Buildings (2/5)
• Buildings (3/5)
• Buildings (4/5)
• Buildings (5/5)
• Technical (1/2)
• Technical (2/2)
• PUD-5 Conceptual

SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS - APRIL, 2016

Response Memo to Planning Board
Supplemental Wind Report
Sustainability Strategies
Hearing Notice - September 8, 2015

Hearing Notice - January 5, 2016

Hearing Notice - May 17, 2016
DPW Memo - September 1, 2015 (303 only)
CDD Memo - September 2, 2015 (302 and 303)
TPT Memo - September 2, 2015 (302 and 303)

Final Development Plan Zoning Criteria (302 and 303)
CDD Memo - December 29, 2015 (302 and 303)
Traffic Study Correction (302 and 303)

TPT Memo - May 9, 2016 (302 and 303)
CDD Memo - May 11, 2016 (302 and 303)
Draft Urban Design Guidelines
Draft Sustainability Guidelines
Map Preliminary Determination
PB304
1718-1720 Massachusetts Avenue
1718-1720 Massachusetts Avenue • Application and Plans
Parking Narrative
• Presentation
• Continuance
Extension Request - September 29, 2015
• Extension Request - December 10, 2015
Hearing Notice - September 1, 2015 (POSTPONED)

Hearing Notice (rescheduled) - October 6, 2015 (POSTPONED)
Map Decision (Withdrawn)
PB305
Manning Apartments Rehab
240 Green Street • Application Narrative
• Application Drawings 1/3
• Application Drawings 2/3
• Application Drawings 3/3
• Supplemental Renderings
• CDD Memo
Hearing Notice - December 1, 2015
Map Decision
PB306
136-138 Cushing Street
136-138 Cushing Street • Application and Plans Hearing Notice - December 1, 2015
CDD Memo Map Decision
PB307
9 Donnell Street
9 Donnell Street • Application and Plans
Supplemental Material - January 7, 2016
Hearing Notice - January 12, 2016
• CDD Memo
Traffic and Parking Memo - January 12, 2016
Map Decision
PB308
95-99 Elmwood Street
95-99 Elmwood Street • Application Narrative
Application Drawings
Hearing Notice - April 19, 2016 (Requested postponement to May 3)
• CDD Memo
DPW Memo
• TPT Memo
Map
PB 309
95 Fawcett Street
95 Fawcett Street • Application and Plans
Transportation Impact Study
Revised Application Documents - May 23, 2016
Hearing Notice - March 15, 2016
Hearing Notice - June 7, 2016
CDD and DPW Memos - March 8, 2016
TPT Memo - March 9, 2016
Map
PB 310
399 Binney Street (One Kendall Square)
399 Binney Street • Application Narrative
Application Plans (A)
Application Plans (B)
Application Appendices
Traffic Impact Study and Performance Summary
Hearing Notice - February 23, 2016
CDD Memo - February 16, 2016
DPW Memo - February 11, 2016
TPT Memo - February 22, 2016
Map Decision
PB 311
18-26 Chauncy Street (Basement Housing)
18-26 Chauncy Street • Application and Plans
Hearing Notice - March 8, 2016
Staff Memos (CDD and DPW) - March 1, 2016
Map Decision