Tuesday, July 16, 2024

A ramen fast food joint called Menya Jiro is proposed for Harvard Square. (Photo: Menya Jiro via Facebook)

Roadwork around Kendall, Strawberry Hill gets look

Bicycle, Pedestrian, Transit Advisory Committees Joint Committee Meeting from 5:15 to 8 p.m. Monday. The first order of business is planning for a Halloween kids’ bike ride; then comes discussion of designs for Galileo Galilei Way and Broadway in the Kendall Square area and challenges in the reconstruction of Belmont Street in Strawberry Hill. An update on inner Mount Auburn Street is also on the agenda.

The committees meet in the community room of Manning Apartments, 239 Green St., Cambridgeport, near Central Square.

Property taxes, transportation issues big on agenda

City Council, 5:30 p.m. Monday. The property tax rate for the 2020 fiscal year gets set at a special hearing; and the city manager transmits a lack of interest from the Planning Board for special review of large projects about how much energy they’ll consume and force yet another substation to eventually be built somewhere in Cambridge. There’s also news about the Central Square T stop elevator, which should be back in service in “early 2020” after a 10-month delay. Councillors have orders looking at closing Harvard Square to cars on some summer days; putting more money into rat eradication, including some resident reimbursement, and into the HomeBridge home-purchase assistance program; some “no turn on red” signs along Memorial Drive; doing a financial analysis of the proposed upzoning of the CambridgeSide mall; ordering city solicitor feedback to come within 30 days of an ordinance proposal; and adding the position of director of arts and culture to city staff. The meeting will also include nine policy orders charter-righted en masse at the previous meeting by councillor Tim Toomey.

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

More Asian food and drink treats for Harvard Square

Board of Zoning Appeal, 7 to 11:30 p.m. Thursday. A Kung Fu Tea seeks to fill the old Salt & Olive space at 1160 Massachusetts Ave., in Mid-Cambridge near Harvard Square, and a Menya Jiro ramen place seeks to come to 57 JFK St., Harvard Square, in the Crimson Galeria. I’m sure we’re all thinking the same thing: Thank god ramen is finally coming to Camberville.

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