Watch meetings on raising parking permit cost, building affordable housing on Cherry Street lot
Parking permit costs, building on Cherry Street
City Council, 5:30 p.m. Monday. Parking Fund revenues plunged this year during the coronavirus lockdown as people stopped driving and needing to park at pay meters; in response, the city manager proposes to raise the cost of resident parking permits and passes to $40 from $25, an increase that would begin as next year’s set becomes available in December. The price last changed in 2013.
This meeting should see the return of orders about campaign finance and banning police use of tear gas as well as of a request for a curb cut by the candy maker Cambridge Brands, all slowed last week by councillor E. Denise Simmons – who is also calling on the city to start figuring out construction of affordable housing on the empty lot at 35 Cherry St., The Port. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology turned it over to the city in April 2013 – after years of inaction – as part of a zoning deal.
Other councillors want applications for building permits posted online since they’re “public information, and accessible in person through the records of the Inspectional Services Department, but not posted for the public to access safely online despite being submitted in electronic form,” councillors Patty Nolan and Marc McGovern say. In another construction issue, there’s Green Energy Analysis Zoning Petition language to consider that would require developers to look at (and show to the city) the cost of using renewable energy instead of fossil fuels. Televised and watchable by Zoom video conferencing.
Kendall Square’s Eversource substation design
Cambridge Redevelopment Authority, 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Discussion of the conceptual site design of the proposed Eversource substation at Kendall Square’s Blue Garage, the alternative to putting it on residential Fulkerson Street. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.
Committee ethics and school council supports
School Committee Governance Subcommittee, 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Members will discuss the code of ethics of the School Committee and review ways to support school councils. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.