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A proposed $131.5 million revamp of the King Open School and surrounding public buildings gets a neighborhood meeting Thursday evening, after the City Council approved a $1.5 million feasibility study.
It’s been seven months since a threat of seizure for the public good was made for the decrepit Vail Court, near Central Square, but nothing has changed – so a city councillor has made the threat again.
Plenty of great things happened in 2014. It was the year the Cambridge doubled down on art, won a 24-hour restaurant for Central Square, showed citizen power and council follow-through, struck a blow for Steam and saw a healthier Health Alliance.
This was the year the License Commission got weird, the school district drew complaints for its response to a teacher crisis, the city dragged out its projects, Harvard went full Putin and much more.
City planners have quietly proposed that a 14-acre block be allowed up to 300 feet in height to promote middle-income housing and allow micro-units, more retail and the addition of streets inside.
It’s not every day city officials, transportation experts and technology whizzes get together to listen to ideas about how to make Cambridge streets better and safer. In fact, that day is Jan. 9.
It’s a little less than a year until elections, but Mayor David Maher is in full campaign donations mode – surging far ahead of any other sitting councillor by amassing a bit less than $34,190 in just a month’s time.
A wide-ranging Planning Board and City Council roundtable about development issues mainly set a template for future discussion, but a housing expert offered a concrete insight on one question.
Surprising many of the city’s most savvy watchers of development, the Community Development Department long ago decided on its own to introduce proposals from $350,000 studies parcel by parcel.