Sunday, June 23, 2024

The glory days of AnyTime Pizza are gone forever at 212 Western Ave., Riverside. (Photo: Kiki H. via Yelp)

What’s new with city councillors Siddiqui and Zondervan?

bullet-gray-small Cambridge Residents Alliance, from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday

The group’s midsummer meeting will feature two first-term City Council members it endorsed in the past election: Sumbul Siddiqui, co-chairwoman of the Housing Committee who has “focused much of her attention on affordable housing and small-business viability in a difficult real estate market”; and Quinton Zondervan, who can comment on transportation and the recently filed Climate Safety Petition filed by residents concerned about citywide flooding, heat exposure and the tree canopy. There will be light food and refreshments. 

The meeting will be held at the LBJ Apartments, 150 Erie St., Cambridgeport. 

Is the city raising prices on residential parking stickers?

bullet-gray-small Ordinance Committee, 3:30 p.m. Monday

Fees for residential parking stickers (which have cost $25 since 2013) get a look by a committee led by councillors Dennis Carlone and Craig Kelley. At issue is a proposal from May to raise the stickers’ cost to $35 as of 2020 and $40 as of 2022, with relief for applicants who can show the fees are a significant financial hardship.

The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square.

How are we encouraging electric cars?

bullet-gray-small Transportation and Public Utilities Committee, 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday

The committee, led by Jan Devereux, will talk about electric cars based on information received from the city manager in May about expanding the number of charging stations, placing chargers on some residential streets, requiring developers to include more charging stations in new locations and replacing the city’s fleet of vehicles with electric vehicles.

The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square.

What will become of the Harvard Square kiosk and plaza?

bullet-gray-small Harvard Square Kiosk and Plaza Working Group meeting, 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesday

How the iconic Out of Town newsstand and the surrounding plaza are renovated and will be used is under discussion, with this meeting looking at draft recommendations by the working group as well as the next step: shaping the bidding process for the companies who will complete the work.

The working group meets in the fourth-floor conference room at the City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge.

What do a parking garage and psychic have in common?

bullet-gray-small License Commission, 3 p.m. Wednesday

Among the business of the commission: A parking garage and Porter Square psychic are both being asked to answer for operating without a license. The Rising bar on Cambridge Street is being accused of amplifying live entertainment without a license … and is coming to the commission to ask for a license to do it legally. 

The commission meets in the basement of the Michael J. Lombardi Building, 831 Massachusetts Ave., Mid-Cambridge near Central Square.

What’s next for the citywide development master plan?

bullet-gray-small Envision Cambridge Advisory Committee, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday

There will be a process update for this three-year citywide master planning effort, a review of draft recommendations and a discussion of next steps. 

The committee meets in the Arts & Crafts Room of the Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square.

What’s happening with the Foundry building?

bullet-gray-smallFoundry Community Forum, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday

Architects will share preliminary findings about this community project in East Cambridge focused on nonprofit uses promoting science, technology, engineering, the arts and math, and participants can provide input.

The meeting takes place at the Dante Alighieri Society Center, 41 Hampshire St., Kendall Square.

Will the Millers River affordable housing project get its renovation money?

bullet-gray-small Board of Zoning Appeal, 7 to 11:45 p.m. Thursday

Zoning approval is needed to secure the $110 million in financing commitments needed to revamp the Millers River affordable housing on Lambert Street in East Cambridge, one of the most deteriorated developments in the Cambridge Housing Authority’s portfolio. In this case, that includes not just relief on such things as setbacks and parking lot size, but on a guarantee the project won’t get caught up in a citizens’ petition meant to get developers to address climate change in their construction. Another issue for the board: Judging whether to grant relief at 212 Western Ave., Riverside, to let the old, not-much-missed AnyTime Pizza (out of 50 reviewers on Yelp, 34 gave the place one star before it closed in 2016) be converted to a Chinese restaurant with takeout and delivery.

The board meets at the Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square.