One of the reasons we choose to live in Central Square/Cambridgeport is because it has, or is close to nearly everything we need – great food stores, a Radio Shack, an excellent art supply store, our bank, cafes, restaurants, and bars.
Considering the vibrant, creative, and diverse nature of the neighborhood, what would bring the most quality of life to Central Square? I think about this question a lot when passing the huge vacant space at 450 Massachusetts Ave.
For years it was a lovely but crumbling Federal style building. When MIT decided to redevelop the property into a black box theater and retail/office in 2007, the news was greeted with accolades from city hall and dancing in the streets.
Almost two years after the theater opened, the retail space (and office) is still empty, joining the legions of other empty 3000sf+ properties along Mass Ave.
Perhaps the brilliant minds in the MIT Urban Planning department could conceive of something to live here until the retail market (hopefully) improves. Perhaps a mixed use artisan or off-season farmer’s market, temporary artist installation, or even a pop-up store. Please, just something to add to the life of the neighborhood. Thanks.