Officials are already on edge about how many medical marijuana dispensaries are on the way, and the possibility of seeing an unknown number of shops selling marijuana for recreational purposes doesn’t help.
Residents and developers clashed once again Friday over the redevelopment of the former Edward J. Sullivan Courthouse in East Cambridge, with a law signed Aug. 4 complicating arguments over zoning affecting the possible 20-story office tower.
Despite hearing an apology, description of openness with development officials and report that a slow-moving legal case was due to be settled within three months, city councillors moved last week to seize the languishing Vail Court property near Central Square.
Out of patience with family squabbling over desirable but neglected real estate near Central Square, city officials are likely to approve Monday an eminent domain land taking of Vail Court.
After more than a decade in development, the Porter Square Hotel could open to guests in mid-October, though possibly launching without its rear garden and almost certainly without its ground-floor, front-facing restaurant, the Porter House Grill.
A proposed gut rehab at three connected Harvard Square buildings could displace all of its retail and office tenants. And it’s not clear they’ll be able to afford to come back when it’s done, if they can find space to survive in the interim months.
A “Clean Money for Climate Pledge” by the advocacy group 350 Mass Action has drawn commitments from a half-dozen Cambridge and Somerville politicians promising to refuse campaign contributions related to 10 major fossil fuel and utility companies.
The City Council failed to produce a recommendation on an increase in affordable housing at its meeting Tuesday, keeping the matter in committee. The meeting was to be the fifth and final hearing on a proposed increase, but ended without a firm conclusion.
The Evergood Super Market closed permanently weeks ago without any notice, not even a note on the door. All that greets customers is a simple, standard “Closed” sign. What surprises customers more isn’t so much the closing, but its suddenness.
Developers are scared. The proposed doubling of required lower-priced apartments to 20 percent of a building would ultimately result in fewer affordable units, not more, a coalition of developers told the City Council.