March 13, 2020
Effective March 13, 2020 through April 30, 2020, all public meetings of the City, advisory groups, and community meetings that are not transacting official City business, issuing permits or licenses, or taking actions required within certain time frames have been cancelled or postponed. This includes postponement of the River Street working group meetings.
For more details and updates, please visit the City's website at www.cambridgema.gov/covid19
The project team is developing a conceptual design for River Street today. There is still time for you to provide your feedback and comments. The concepts presented at working group meetings are further refined and evaluated in more depth as the project team develops a preferred street design concept. Members of the public can also provide input and feedback through our online feedback form, linked above.
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In December, 2018, the City of Cambridge appointed a working group to represent a cross-section of resident and business interests in the corridor, as well as representatives from relevant citizen advisory committees. Working Group members will participate in meetings and discussions, review written material, and advise the City on design issues associated with the reconstruction of the River Street corridor and Carl Barron Plaza.
Members of the Working Group: Patrick Barrett III; Daniel Beaulieu; Seanna Berry; Valerie Bonds; Matthew Ciborowski; Gabriel Cira; Abby Duker; Samuel Gebru; Melissa Greene; Kai Long; Randy Stern; Saul Tannenbaum; Andrew Tarsy; Christopher Tassone; Annie Tuan; Olivia Turner
As part of the River Street Reconstruction Project, the City is creating a new design for Carl Barron Plaza. Carl Barron Plaza is the public plaza space in front of Cambridge Savings Bank, Amazon, and the Holmes Building entrance. This new plaza design will consider the diversity of people and uses of the Plaza. The project will create a new public plaza design integrating public art, street furniture, access, and landscaping. The public plaza design must also meet the complex transportation needs for bus riders and people passing through the plaza.
The project team is doing ongoing community outreach and design into spring 2020. Construction is anticipated to begin in fall 2020.
The first engagement activities for Carl Barron Plaza were on Wednesday, June 5 and Saturday, June 8. These events focused on the existing conditions in the plaza and the MBTA bus terminal area.
Mid-February Project team sends a winter update e-mail. Click here to see the project update e-mail.
December 17 Eighth Working Group meeting at Manning Apartments
Ongoing The project team is still working on the conceptual design for River Street.
November 19 Second public meeting at the Putnam Upper School
October 22 Seventh Working Group meeting at Manning Apartments
September 24 Sixth Working Group meeting at the Manning Apartments
Carl Barron Plaza engagement postponed.
July 17 Fifth Working Group meeting at the Manning Apartments
Other public engagement events rescheduled for September
June 11 Public site walk - Urban design and local businesses
June 8 Outdoor public event - Existing conditions at Carl Barron Plaza
June 5 Open house event - Existing conditions at Carl Barron Plaza
May 28 Fourth Working Group meeting at the Manning Apartments
May 14 Public site walk - Mobility and safety
April 23 Third Working Group meeting at Manning Apartments. Toolbox of design elements
March 26 First community meeting at Cambridge Community Center
Public input map launched.
February 26 Second working group meeting at Manning Apartments
January 29 First working group meeting at Manning Apartments
City appointed a working group to represent a cross-section of resident and business interests in the corridor, as well as representatives from relevant advisory committees.
The City entered into a contract with a design team led by HDR Engineering, Inc. of Boston, MA for the planning and design of the project. The project team includes the following companies:
- HDR Engineering, Inc. manages the Project and provide surface and subsurface engineering, and Green Infrastructure design
- Halvorson Design Partnership lead for urban design, landscape architecture, and public art coordination
- McMahon Associates Inc. lead for transportation engineering and analysis, and community outreach
- Project for Public Spaces support the community outreach process, and lead community design charrettes for Carl Barron Plaza and related elements of Central Square
City staff conducted interviews with applicants to the River Street Working Group.
City staff reviewed proposals and conducted interviews with prospective design consultant teams.