Sunday, February 25, 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.


Coming soon to The Abbot building on Brattle Street, plans show, is a Cava Mezza Grill eatery. (Photo: Marc Levy)

Charter review on records, more

The Charter Review Committee, 5 p.m. Tuesday. The work of reviewing the city’s rules of governance for the first time in 80 years starts with talk about the open meeting law, public records law and conflict of interest law, and review the rules of the committee itself. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

Central units, off-street parking

Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The board will talk about a City Council-inspired proposal to take away all requirements for off-street parking (but still allow it), known officially as the Accessory Parking Requirements Zoning Petition. The language to be considered is that the “minimum accessory parking required for all uses shall be zero parking spaces.” The agenda includes continuation of an 18-month discussion about 544-550 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, where a firm wants to build 27 apartments, including four “inclusionary” affordable units, down from 29 to allow for some bigger sizes. The project would include a complete redesign of the lower facade and upper floors (“The general appearance will be similar to an old rendering from the 1930s,” developer Cliff Schorer said in submitted plans) and community meeting space, and would work around existing businesses 5 Spices House restaurant and Teddy’s Shoes, with an offer to Teddy’s to relocate it during construction “to reduce the disruption.” The plan would add three stories to the existing building and a roof deck, going 67 feet high (shorter than the 80 that are allowed). Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

A Cava Mezze Grill for Harvard

Board of Zoning Appeal, 6 to 11:45 p.m. Thursday. Harvard Square looks to be getting the city’s second Cava Mezze Grill – there’s one at 82 Ames St., Kendall Square – at The Abbot building in space next to the former Dickson Bros. hardware store; plans describe it: in various places as 18 Brattle Square, 18 Brattle St., 22 Brattle St. or 24 Brattle St. Whatever the address, the chain serves bowls and pita wraps with chicken, falafel and various other Mediterranean ingredients. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing. (A Harvard Square Advisory Committee remote meeting on Cava precedes the board at 6 p.m. Wednesday.)

This post was updated Aug. 15, 2022, to add language to be considered to an item about Tuesday’s meeting of the Planning Board.