The city’s $473 million budget was adopted Monday, along with its largest single component: A $151 million schools budget made controversial when four city councillors voted to keep it in committee for further questioning of district officials.
Cambridge Health Alliance goes into Friday’s hearing on a plan to cut mental health services for children and teens with a new batch of opponents: the City Council, which voted Monday to send a letter protesting the plan to the institutions leaders.
The empty Foundry building is getting a $40,000 study that could be done by the end of May to show what is needed to start its reuse by business startups or nonprofit organizations needing cheap space in East Cambridge.
Eight-year School Committee member Marc McGovern held his officials candidacy for City Council at a Tuesday night party at Tavern on the Square in Central Square.
The City Council approved zoning 7 to 2 on Monday that had been requested by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to remake 26 acres in Kendall Square, including about 1 million square feet of commercial space, 800,000 square feet of academic space, 65,000 square feet of retail and more than 300 units of housing.
Noting the city’s upcoming Earth Day announcement of sustainability goals and MIT’s literally groundbreaking work overseas, professor John D. Spengler says he doesn’t understand why MIT wasn’t thinking more boldly – and using its own ideas – in remaking 26 acres in Kendall Square.
As a zoning vote nears, Massachusetts Institute of Technology officials have offers to the city: among other things, doubling the amount of proposed “innovation space” for startup firms, hiking affordable housing to a proposed 18 percent of units from 15 percent and turning over a decaying parking lot in Area IV to someone who will use it.
The zoning proposal remaking Central Square with taller buildings, more people and a modified mix of public spaces and businesses could be presented “prior to the summer meeting” of the City Council, giving the start of a likely zoning battle a roughly four-month window.
At least three city councillors cast doubt Friday that they could vote for a Kendall Square rezoning petition April 8.
The City Council plans a roundtable meeting from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday to look over the plans for Kendall Square proposed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The meeting should be watchable here or on the website of The Tech, but not via city media.