Tuesday, July 16, 2024

An interactive exhibition of micromobility devices is being held Saturday, organized by councillor Craig Kelley.

After hearing from four candidates for city clerk role, council explores growing costs of Inman Square work

bullet-gray-smallCity Council, 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. Monday. First comes a special meeting to hold public interviews for four candidates to replacing retiring city clerk Donna Lopez (the candidates are Timothy Phelan, Jeanne M. Survell, Niko Vangjeli and Anthony Ivan Wilson). The regular meeting of the council follows. The city manager reports back on putting in more parking meters in business areas (Huron Village businesses say no thanks) and councillors want to know why Inman Square reconstruction is now expected to cost $7.9 million, which is around $2 million more than first estimated, and how to keep the prices from rising further. There’s also a citizen petition that would double the demolition delay period for potentially historically significant structures to a year – matching 62 cities and towns throughout the state. The Historical Commission is in favor. Both meetings will be televised.

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

Advanced learner issues get support from committee

bullet-gray-smallSchool Committee, 6 p.m. Tuesday. Some items up for discussion and public comment include an attendance violation policy amendment and personal social media policy for district employees; whether to send parents a form to make sure their kids aren’t served chocolate milk and juice at school; aligning start and end times for all elementary schools that are not Extended Learning Time schools, with all buildings to be open to students no later than 7:30 a.m.; a call to make sure advanced learners are being served (and to figure out when they should be skipping forward by a grade); and the forming of committees to grapple with renaming school buildings with names linked to the slave trade, to include members from “families who are the descendants of or those who benefited from the institution of slavery.” There will also be a closed-door session to discuss collective bargaining and litigation strategy with respect to a Cambridge Education Association issue. Televised.

The committee meets in the Dr. Henrietta S. Attles Meeting Room at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 459 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge.

Revised Grand Junction overlay zoning gets a hearing

bullet-gray-smallPlanning Board, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. More discussion of the Alexandria Grand Junction Overlay Zoning Petition, which would see the developer giving the city some land (between Cambridge Street and Binney Street) for a multiuse path in exchange for 303 and 345 Binney St. The petition has lower heights, a transition zone and less project density there since first seen in November. Televised.

The board meets on the second floor of the City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge.

Hear ideas on reducing local effects of opioid crisis

bullet-gray-smallHuman Services & Veterans Committee, 2 p.m. Wednesday. This committee run by city councillors Alanna Mallon and Sumbul Siddiqui will discuss the results of the City Manager’s Opioid Task Force Report and the recommendations that could be implemented to reduce the harmful effects of the opioid crisis in Cambridge. Televised. 

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

Kendall Square rooftop gardens face a redesign

bullet-gray-smallCambridge Redevelopment Authority, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Usually the first hour of a long CRA meeting would be design review – in this case, of landscaping designs for Kendall Square’s rooftop garden and 325 Main St. Terrace – but with the regular meeting canceled and its business moved to June 26, this meeting is for design review only.

The agency meets at the Cambridge Police Department, 125 Sixth St., East Cambridge, near Kendall Square.

More about proposed affordable housing overlay

bullet-gray-small100 percent affordable housing overlay open house, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. People with questions about a proposed affordable housing overlay or concerns to discuss with city staff should find answers or at least listeners here, with refreshments and child care provided.

The open house will be held at the Russell Youth Center, 680 Huron Ave., Strawberry Hill near Fresh Pond.

Update on First Street Garage leasing proposal

bullet-gray-smallFuture of the First Street Garage community meeting, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. In this look at a proposal from Leggat McCall, potential developers of the former Edward J. Sullivan courthouse, to lease 420 parking spaces and 9,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space in the city-owned First Street Garage, expect a summary of the proposal and an update on a First Street Area Parking Planning Study, as well an opportunity for public input.

The meeting is set for the Kennedy-Longfellow School, 158 Spring St., East Cambridge.

See Cambridge Crossing streets be renamed

bullet-gray-smallStreet sign unveiling, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The developers of the Cambridge Crossing neighborhood, DivcoWest, and city officials celebrate two women in Cambridge’s history, Harriet Jacobs and Gertrude Wright Morgan, at an unveiling of streets named in their honor: Jacobs Street (replacing North Street) and Morgan Avenue (replacing North Point Boulevard).

The event meets at North Point Boulevard and North Street, Cambridge Crossing (formerly known as NorthPoint), and leaves from Morgan Avenue and Jacobs Street, Cambridge Crossing.

Suggest where to spend on green space, housing

bullet-gray-smallCommunity Preservation Act Committee, 6 p.m. Thursday. The committee will hear ideas from the public and city staff on affordable housing, open space, outdoor recreation and historic preservation projects to fund.

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

Climb aboard, or into, new modes of transportation

bullet-gray-smallThe New Urban Mobility: An Interactive Experience, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. City councillor Craig Kelley and BioMed Realty bring a free, family-friendly interactive exhibition – a follow-up to a fall Transportation Transformation Conference – with the public invited to test ride devices and vehicles (including mini-EVs, bikes, e-scooters) that are either already on the streets of Cambridge or will be soon; hear the insights of industry leaders; and interact with company reps. Refreshments will be provided as well. Register here.

The event takes place at BioMed Realty, 500 Kendall St., Kendall Square.