Major Capital Projects


War Memorial Recreation Center Renovation

Construction to renovate this late 1950’s era building, to improve and update building systems, provide universal accessibility and to revamp the layout of the locker rooms, restrooms, classrooms and administrative offices is complete. A dedication ceremony for the newly renovated War Memorial Recreation Center was held in January 2009. As with all new projects, the City incorporated green building technologies into the design.

Robert W. Healy Public Safety Facility

Completed construction build-out of this City-owned shell building at 125 Sixth Street into a state-of-the-art public safety facility, which houses the Police and Emergency Communications departments. A dedication ceremony was held in February 2009.

Mayor Sheila Doyle Russell West Cambridge Youth and Community Center/VFW

Completed construction in June 2009 of the new West Cambridge Youth and Community Center facility at 688 Huron Avenue. The center includes a full size gym with dividers for multiple use, a “teaching kitchen,” a computer learning and homework center with 20 stations, a multi-purpose performance room with a platform stage, an arts and crafts room, an art wall for temporary youth exhibitions, a community meeting room and various open lounge areas.  A dedication ceremony was held in September 2009.

Main Library Renovation and Expansion Project

Renovations to the historic building and construction of the new wing is nearing completion. This project will include a major addition that will preserve the historical integrity of the building and surrounding grounds, while providing increased energy efficiency through use of green building design guidelines, and enhanced pedestrian and vehicular access.  The newly renovated and expanded facility is anticipated to officially open in fall 2009.

Sewer Separation and Stormwater Management Projects

Sewer separation work in the Bishop Allen, Inman Street and Central Square area of Massachusetts Avenue is scheduled for completion in August 2009. Twenty three common manholes will be removed as part of this project and significant sections of stormwater and sanitary conveyance pipes adjacent to and in front of City Hall will be replaced. Street and sidewalk restoration of this area will begin in spring 2010. The stormwater overflow storage system that was constructed with the Library extension at Broadway and Ellery Street was completed in spring 2009 and the connection of various stormwater lines on both Cambridge Street and Broadway via Ellery Street to this flood protection system is expected to be completed in December 2009 and final street restoration is scheduled for spring 2010. 

Sewer separation of the Whittemore Avenue area is scheduled for spring 2010. The design for this work began in summer 2009 and construction will take approximately 18 months to complete.  Similarly, the design for the sewer reconstruction and stormwater management project for Western Avenue began in the winter of 2008-9.The community process for this project is anticipated to take approximately two years, with utility and surface infrastructure reconstruction scheduled for the spring/summer 2011.  Finally, design work continues in the Agassiz neighborhood, with the Prentiss Street design complete and reconstruction scheduled for fall 2009.  Design work is ongoing on the remaining streets in the Frost Street neighborhood.  

Roadway Reconstruction and Improvements

The latest phases of the Harvard Square enhancement project were completed in fall 2009. This work included reconstruction of the super crosswalk adjacent to the “Out of Town” news building together with the completion of Palmer Street between Church and Brattle Streets. Design of the upper section of JFK Street is scheduled for summer 2009, with construction scheduled for the summer of 2010. 

The Vassar East project between Massachusetts Avenue and Amesbury Street was completed in the spring of 2009 and included the construction of raised bicycle lanes throughout. Albany Street between Pacific and Erie streets was also reconstructed last year, with work by MIT including new sidewalks and a raised device at Pacific and Albany. MIT also completed the construction of the multiuse path along Waverly Street extension in spring 2009.

Fulkerson Street between Charles and Binney Streets was reconstructed last year including full roadway reconstruction, new sidewalks and traffic signals at Binney and Fulkerson. Roadway and sidewalks were reconstructed in the following areas last year: Rindge Avenue between Middlesex and Alewife Brook Parkway, Mount Auburn Street between Gibson and Story Streets, Brattle Street between Mason and Church Streets, Williams Street between Pearl and Magazine Streets and Putnam Avenue between River and Magazine Streets. Clarendon Avenue was reconstructed between the Somerville Line and Massachusetts Avenue last year as were sidewalks between Churchill Avenue and Alewife Brook Parkway along Massachusetts Avenue. Finally, Green Street between Pleasant Street and Putnam Avenue was reconstructed last year as was Sellers Street between Green Street and Massachusetts Avenue.

Riverside Park on Memorial Drive

Construction of this new City park, being built on top of the new Harvard-owned underground garage at the corner of Western Avenue, is under way and will feature extensive planting, a trellis covered plaza, water fountains, seating areas, a small children’s play area and a grass lawn. Completion is anticipated for fall 2009.

Clement Morgan/Pine Street Parks

Renovations to Clement Morgan Park include replacement of all playground equipment, new seating, lighting, landscaping and trees At the same time, the Anthony Paolillo Tot Lot on Pine Street will be renovated including new play equipment and water play.

Alexander W. Kemp Playground at the Cambridge Common

Upgrades and renovations to this playground are nearing completion, including new play features, furniture, landscaping water play and signage. The playground opened in summer 2009 and a dedication ceremony was held in October 2009.

Costa Lopez Taylor Park

Completed upgrades and renovations to this park in East Cambridge included closing off a block of roadway that previously separated the original park from the new parcel donated to the City by the Beal Companies. The renovations include additional seating, new community garden plots in raised beds, enhanced landscaping, a sculptural entry gate and lighting.

Danehy Park Dedicated Off Leash Dog Area

This 1/3 acre, fully-fenced area near the New Street entry to Danehy Park will include a rice stone surface, plantings, trees, and a people and pet water fountain. The expected completion is summer 2009.

Pacific Street Dedicated Off Leash Dog Area

Upgrades to the off leash dog area located on Pacific Street includes replacement of the turf with a rice stone surface.

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Richard C. Rossi
City Manager

Lisa C. Peterson
Deputy City Manager