Friday, July 19, 2024

These are just some of the municipal meetings and civic events for the coming week. More are on the City Calendar and in the city’s Open Meetings Portal.


Development in the Alewife Quadrangle, such as at 617 Concord Ave., will be shaped by the Alewife Zoning Working Group, which meets Wednesday. (Photo: Luciano Cesta)

Brattle Street safety improvements

Brattle Street Safety Improvement Project open house, 5 to 7 p.m. Monday. Community members are invited to drop in to browse plans for safety improvements to Brattle Street between Mason and Mount Auburn streets (including separated bike lanes and changes at pedestrian crossings) and ask city staff and consultants questions. Outdoors at the Buckingham Browne & Nichols Lower School, 19 Craigie St., West Cambridge.

Schools’ nondiscrimination policy

School Committee, 5 p.m. Tuesday. Unfinished business includes a revised nondiscrimination policy; expected presentations include a strategic plan update and discussion of objectives from superintendent Victoria Greer. The committee meets in the Dr. Henrietta S. Attles Meeting Room at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 459 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Televised and watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

Caterer in Porter, bank in Harvard

Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Cuisine en Locale, the catering company of Once Somerville rock club owner JJ Gonson, seeks to reopen using the church kitchen of a four-story, 46-condo, mixed-use structure called Saint James Place built around St. James’s Episcopal Church, 1991 Massachusetts Ave., North Cambridge near Porter Square. The pandemic closed the catering business in March 2020, Gonson said. This would be the second commercial use for the building’s space after U.S. Army recruiters leased a 1,100-square-foot storefront last year. (There’s 800 square feet more of storefront available to lease facing the avenue.) “It has been difficult, bordering on impossible, to find a tenant for the space during the pandemic, so we feel lucky to find a solid tenant to activate this large empty storefront,” Acorn Holdings’ Phil Terzis said of the Army in February 2021.

The Abbot, a four-story block of retail, offices and restaurants at 1-30 Brattle St., Harvard Square, has an update around a Chase Bank branch designed to take up more than 25 linear feet along the JFK Street sidewalk – fine until passage of the Harvard Square Overlay District law, and now it is not. (Other tenants of The Abbot, due to open in the coming months: The Comedy Studio, back from Somerville’s Union Square; El Jefe’s Taqueria; a Tiger Sugar boba tea shop; a Starbucks; and a Central Rock Gym for climbing and F45 for high-intensity interval training. Also in Harvard Square, a continuation is asked until Aug. 30 by developers at The Crimson Galeria at 57 JFK St., next to historic Winthrop Park and home to restaurants such as Bonchon, The Maharaja, Shake Shack and a Veggie Grill, which plans to add 38 apartments for leases of at least an academic term – two units with two bedrooms, 22 with one and 14 studios – by adding three floors of height.

Alewife zoning recommendations

Alewife Zoning Working Group, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. A second meeting between staff from Community Development and this working group covers zoning recommendations from the 2019 Alewife District Plan and does a “deep dive” on what type and amount of development and urban form is wanted. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.