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Federal government announces next step in Volpe Center redevelopment process

Federally owned property is centrally located in Kendall Square.
John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
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John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
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John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
Caption:
John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
Credits:
Image: Google Earth

MIT has been one of several entities proposing to redevelop the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Volpe National Transportation Systems Center site, a 14-acre campus in Kendall Square. This afternoon, the General Services Administration made the following announcement by email:

“The federal government is pleased to announce the initial selection of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as the Exchange Partner for the Volpe Project. The next step of the process will be the joint selection of the Design Team by the federal government and the Exchange Partner for the new federal facility.”

In response, Israel Ruiz, MIT’s executive vice president and treasurer, said, “We were delighted to learn this afternoon that the federal government announced the initial selection of MIT as the Exchange Partner for the Volpe Project. We look forward to working with the federal government, the City of Cambridge, our Kendall Square neighbors, and the MIT community as this process advances.

“MIT is committed to a vibrant Kendall Square, one of the most significant innovation clusters in the world and an important center of our Cambridge community. Naturally, MIT is interested in the future of the site, given its proximity to campus and the important role it plays in supporting the evolution of the innovative, mixed-use community in Kendall Square. The proposed revitalization of the Volpe parcel is a tremendous opportunity not only for the U.S. Department of Transportation, but also for the City of Cambridge and the growing Kendall Square innovation ecosystem."

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Boston Globe

Boston Globe reporter Tim Logan writes that federal officials announced the initial section of MIT to redevelop the Volpe Transportation Center in Kendall Square. “They understand how to work in Cambridge,” says Greg Vasil of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board of MIT’s long history in the area. “With something this big and intricate, that can really pay off.”

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