The East Cambridge Planning Team has thoughts for consideration when new zoning is under discussion, including some on traffic, homeownership and family-friendly buildings, as well as on utilities, stormwater and sewage.
Three teams competing for Cambridge’s Citywide Planning contract presented and took public questions Monday, with Utile, the third team to present, the clear crowd-pleaser. A decision is expected in August.
The loss of another independent rock club catering to starter bands, and a switch to DJs and electronic music at the clubs that remain, changes the music ecosystem in Central Square midway through a a five-year designation as a state cultural district.
The Friends of Alewife Reservation thank the City of Cambridge for funding an extensive vegetative management plan in the Alewife Stormwater Wetlands that will be put in effect in October.
Overall, Murray Turnbull seemed to believe – as many do – that Harvard should be able to have its new Campus Center and adjoining Welcome Center without having to muck up the rest of the outdoor plaza. (In other words: Improve it, don’t wreck it.)
Developers bidding to build a new John A. Volpe National Transportation Center facility in Kendall Square will have to show they have at least $500 million available and can spend $15 million within five days of the final selection date.
Student Marketplace and Makerspace Open House; ArtBeat 2015: “Loops” arts festival; Summer Radio Mystery Theatre’s “Night of the Super Sleuths” show; “Spellbound Comics #1” release party; and “Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry.”
Cambridge developers planning an unpopular project in the neighboring town of Arlington nearly had a project meeting held without them – but now will be part of an Aug. 12 hearing about the Mugar site.
A 14-acre development in Kendall Square will almost certainly get more affordable housing than its currently drafted 10 percent. Many officials pushed Monday for 20 percent, 25 percent or more; the current citywide requirement is, in practice, 11.5 percent.
Cambridge residents have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to preserve a public park as the city rezones a 14-acre site in Kendall LetterSquare. Such a park will likely be included in the plan only if residents write to the city to demand it.