Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2016 #286
NO ACTION TAKEN
Nov 13, 2017 5:30 PM

The City Manager coordinate with the Finance Department, Cambridge Redevelopment Authority, and community stakeholders to outline a proposed system of governance, management, and stakeholder engagement for the Foundry, to be discussed in a public forum with the Council and community.

Information

Department:City Clerk's Office, NMSponsors:Councillor Nadeem A. Mazen, Councillor Jan Devereux, Vice Mayor Marc C. McGovern, Councillor Dennis J. Carlone
Category:Policy Order

Item Discussion

CHARTER RIGHT EXERCISED BY COUNCILLOR TOOMEY ON OCTOBER 31, 2016. PLACED ON THE TABLE ON VOICE VOTE OF SIX MEMBERS ON MOTION OF COUNCILLOR TOOMEY.

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WHEREAS:

The Foundry Building at 101 Rogers Street was transferred to the city as the result of  Alexandria Real Estate’s special permit application in 2012, with the stipulation that much of the building be dedicated to community use; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

After the transfer of property, the City Council reached a consensus that the entirety or large majority of the 53,000 square foot building should consist of arts, non-profit, workforce development, and STEAM (interdisciplinary afterschool Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math programming); and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The City Council and community have been clear about the need for the Foundry to comprise some or all of: small, below-market rent offices for nonprofit organizations, small, shared arts studios, exhibition space and performance space, a Makerspace, small stalls for local vendors or a public market, a gathering space for the public, and some flexible space for training, programming, or other public uses; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The City Council wishes to ensure an interdisciplinary environment at the Foundry where each type of tenant would mix with other tenants to create an non-siloed ecosystem of mutual collaboration, public-facing programming, arts-aware discussion, job-training opportunities, social equity priorities, and general interdependence; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The City Council envisions only a small minority of space allocated to for-profit tenants,  primarily to create professional relationships on site or to anchor foot traffic and secondarily to offset a small amount of capital or even operating costs; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The amount allocated originally by the City to redevelop the building was $6 million, it has come to light that the amount of money required to remediate and redevelop the Foundry building with the entirety of its space reserved for aforementioned uses will exceed $20 million or even $30 million; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

The City Manager be and hereby is instructed to coordinate with the Finance Department and the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority to propose a significantly increased budget and accompanying City of Cambridge allocation for the redevelopment of the Foundry, to be submitted for approval by the City Council; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

The City Manager be and hereby is instructed to coordinate with the Finance Department, Cambridge Redevelopment Authority, and community stakeholders to outline a proposed system of governance, management, and stakeholder engagement for the Foundry, to be discussed in a public forum with the City Council and community; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

The City Manager be and hereby is instructed to review, as an optional additional measure, the suitability of the site for construction of a new, more efficient building on the site, should that course of action make it easier for the City, CRA, or Developer partners to meet all of the spatial, programming, fiscal, and management needs outlined above; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on this matter by the beginning of the calendar year 2017.  

 

Meeting History

Oct 31, 2016 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:CHARTER RIGHTNext: 11/7/2016 5:30 PM
Nov 7, 2016 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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ON VOICE VOTE OF SIX MEMBERS ON MOTION OF COUNCILLOR TOOMEY

RESULT:PLACED ON THE TABLENext: 11/21/2016 5:30 PM
Nov 21, 2016 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 12/5/2016 5:30 PM
Dec 5, 2016 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 12/12/2016 5:30 PM
Dec 12, 2016 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 12/19/2016 5:30 PM
Dec 19, 2016 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 1/9/2017 5:30 PM
Jan 9, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 1/23/2017 5:30 PM
Jan 23, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 1/30/2017 5:30 PM
Jan 30, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 2/6/2017 5:30 PM
Feb 6, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 2/13/2017 5:30 PM
Feb 13, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 2/27/2017 5:30 PM
Feb 27, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 3/6/2017 5:30 PM
Mar 6, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 3/20/2017 5:30 PM
Mar 20, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 3/27/2017 5:30 PM
Mar 27, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 4/3/2017 5:30 PM
Apr 3, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 4/24/2017 5:30 PM
Apr 24, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 5/1/2017 5:30 PM
May 1, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 5/8/2017 5:30 PM
May 8, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 5/15/2017 5:30 PM
May 15, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 5/22/2017 5:30 PM
May 22, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 6/12/2017 5:30 PM
Jun 12, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 6/19/2017 5:30 PM
Jun 19, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 6/26/2017 5:30 PM
Jun 26, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 8/7/2017 5:30 PM
Aug 7, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Special Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 9/11/2017 5:30 PM
Sep 11, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 9/18/2017 5:30 PM
Sep 18, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 9/25/2017 5:30 PM
Sep 25, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 10/2/2017 5:30 PM
Oct 2, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 10/16/2017 5:30 PM
Oct 16, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 10/23/2017 5:30 PM
Oct 23, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 10/30/2017 5:30 PM
Oct 30, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 11/13/2017 5:30 PM
Nov 13, 2017 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:NO ACTION TAKENNext: 12/4/2017 5:30 PM