Tuesday, April 23, 2024

City manager candidates, from left, Fisher, Huang, Khumalo and Farooq.

City manager finalists

City manager finalists forum, 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. The four finalists vying to succeed City Manager Louis A. DePasquale, who leaves office July 5, will present their vision for the city, answer questions and meet members of the public. The candidates are Iram Farooq, assistant city manager for the Community Development Department since 2015; Cheryl Watson Fisher, city solicitor in Chelsea since 2003 and a partner in Cambridge law firm Galluccio & Watson; Yi-An Huang, executive director at Boston Medical Center, who has been with BMC Hospital since 2013; and Norman Khumalo, town manager since 2009 of Hopkinton, a town with a population of around 16,700. (More on the candidates is here and here.) The forum is in Cambridge Rindge and Latin School’s Fitzgerald Auditorium, 459 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Televised and watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

Micro-studio apartments

Central Square Advisory Committee, 5 p.m. Wednesday. The committee digs into a special permit and variance case for 544 Massachusetts Ave., where a firm wants to build 29 studio apartments – the smallest being 247 square feet, the biggest 525 square feet – around the existing businesses: 5 Spices House restaurant and Teddy’s Shoes. The plan would add three stories to the existing building and a roof deck, and getting a variance that boosts the number of units from the 20 allowed as of right would bring four “inclusionary” affordable units. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

City manager appointment

City Council special meeting, 6 p.m. Wednesday. The council will interview the finalists for city manager and is expected to vote to appoint one next week to fill the office as of July 6. The council meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

Easing the opioid crisis

Human Services & Veterans Committee, 5:30 p.m. Thursday. This committee run by city councillor Marc McGovern hears an update from the City Manager’s Opioid Task Force. The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

Bus network redesign

Transit Advisory Committee, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday. MBTA staff will give an hourlong presentation on the bus network redesign. Considered the first major redesign of the network in 100 years, this project’s implementation won’t be complete until 2028 and won’t even begin until spring or summer 2023, at the earliest. First comes a six-month feedback period. Committee members will be able to ask questions of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority staff, and members of the public can comment. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

Multi-use path projects

Walk of multi-use path projects, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. Linear Park is getting a redesign and a Danehy-New Street Connector Path is going along the former rail tracks behind the Fresh Pond Mall in the Cambridge Highlands and bordering Neighborhood 9 to the east. Charlie Creagh of the Community Development Department will go on a site walk to explore and answer questions about the projects. For the Linear Park site walk, meet at the Bluebikes station between Massachusetts and Cameron avenues in North Cambridge at 11 a.m. and expect to end at around 1 p.m. at the Alewife MBTA station’s eastern headhouse. The Danehy-New Street Connector site walk begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Danehy Park entrance on New Street, by the crosswalk. Light snacks will be provided at each walk.