The Canal District, like much of Kendall Square, has changed dramatically over time. It began as a wharf and industrial district, dominated by factories and warehouses. In 1998, a master plan was created for this 10-acre site, which catalyzed the development of multiple parcels along Broad Canal into what’s now a vibrant area home to globally-renowned innovation and tech companies, distinct local retail and residences, and a growing body of cultural events and activities.
Despite this transformation, the Canal District still has a “missing tooth” that has yet to be redeveloped: 585 Third Street, known to many as the site of the proposed “Constellation Center” that never came to be. BioMed Realty, owner and curator of much of the Canal District, purchased this parcel in August 2018 and is committed to fulfilling the community’s aspiration for an artistic and cultural hub in the Canal District. As the conversation surrounding this opportunity unfolds, we invite you to share your ideas for the art and cultural elements that could be integrated through redevelopment of Parcel C.