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Cushing Plaza Reconstruction Project

Cushing Plaza, located at Cushing Street and Huron Avenue, is scheduled for upcoming reconstruction.

Construction Update- Finalized Plans and Bid

Project plans have been uploaded to the "Documents" tab of this page. 

The first plan is a summary of agreed upon upgrades developed at our onsite meeting on 8-26-21.  The second plan shows those upgrades as they have been incorporated into our construction documents.

This plaza is part of a larger city-wide construction project.  The project manual requires the contractor to complete the Cushing Plaza and Huron Avenue construction within the first year of executing the contract.  We realize the area has seen a lot of construction at Danehy Park and we would like to get this additional work done as soon as possible so once we complete the area we will not have to come back for major construction. 

The project is set to be put out to bid in May of this year with the hopes of having a contractor on board by mid-June.  Notices will be sent to this email, delivered door to door and posted on the project page.

For neighbors who would like to be added to the email list they can find the “Sign Up Now” link under the “Contact” tab of the project page. 

Please note that the larger shade trees have been broken up into 2 phases.  We will plant some trees now (highlighted in orange on the attached) then re-evaluate in a couple of years the planting of Phase II (highlighted ingreen).  This was done due to tree density concerns we heard from the abutters.  There is a legend on the plan showing shrubs and lower growing trees so please review as in 2D it may appear to some that a forest of shade trees is being proposed.

The presentation from the July 29th Community Meeting is available under the 'documents' tab. 

Cushing Plaza Reconstruction Project: Community Meeting Thursday, July 29th from 6PM to 7:30PM

Cushing Plaza, located at Cushing Street and Huron Avenue, is scheduled for upcoming reconstruction.

The Department of Public Works and the City's Community Development Department will be hosting a community meeting on Thursday, July 29th from 6PM-7:30PM at the West Cambridge Youth Center, 680 Huron Ave to discuss the Cushing Plaza Reconstruction Project. We encourage you to attend, as we value the feedback, we receive from Cambridge residents and businesses. Please note all attendees must wear a mask when inside the Youth Center.

City staff will be presenting design plans that propose to reduce the amount of impervious brick area and create space for trees and landscaping. Removing hardscape results in improved water quality by reducing stormwater runoff and allowing rainwater to infiltrate the ground.

For those unable to attend, the presentation will be posted to the project page following the meeting.

Information and Assistance:

The City of Cambridge does not discriminate on the basis of disability. The City of Cambridge will provide auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative format, and reasonable modifications in policies upon request. To receive future updates via email, please contact Kristen Kelleher, Project Administrator – Community Relations at kkelleher@cambridgema.gov / 617-349-4825. For information about the project please contact Melissa Miguel, Supervising Engineer at mmiguel@cambridgema.gov / 617-349-9351.


Summer 2021: Project will go out to bid late summer.

Fall 2021: Construction to start.

This project is part of larger package with several streets. Infinite schedules are not determined until a contractor is on board. 


Kristen Kelleher

Community Relations

Department of Public Works


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