Thursday, June 02, 2005


Every once in a while, when I want to convince myself that time doesn’t exist, I check in on local development. The bigger the project, the slower time seems to be ticking along.

Having recently stopped time over at the Museum of Fine Arts, I thought it would be nice to look at the Constellation Center, Glenn KnicKrehm’s $70 million arts project in Kendall Square. As Bill Archambeault said, breaking the news mid-2002 in the Boston Business Journal, “groundbreaking [is] planned for 2004 with an opening some time in 2005.”

As of today the center’s Web site says — and lord knows when it was last updated — about $34 million has been raised and, um, let’s see ... the developer owns the land. And has permits. And the building’s being designed. And the “design team is fully assembled.” As you can see, time is just zipping past: Surely the fully assembled design team will work so quickly, and the rest of the money will flood in so rapidly, that the four-hall, 1.3 million-square-foot project will be opening within the next seven months.

What a time that will be.

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