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MIT plans massive project for Kendall Square

An architectural rendering shows the planned extension of Broad Canal Way into the Volpe Center site in Kendall Square, Cambridge. MIT on Wednesday filed zoning plans for the 14-acre parcel. –Elkus Manfredi

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is planning to use the former Volpe Center site in Kendall Square to build up to 1,400 apartments and condominiums, along with office, lab, and retail space.

The university, which will pay $750 million to buy the site from the federal government and build a new transportation research lab on the 14-acre parcel, filed zoning plans with Cambridge city officials Wednesday, providing the clearest picture yet of what it has in mind for one of the Boston area’s most desirable development sites.

“The potential to redevelop the Volpe site is a unique and transformational opportunity for our entire community,’’ wrote Israel Ruiz, MIT’s executive vice president, in a letter to the City Council.

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