Sunday, June 16, 2024

These are just some of the municipal meetings and civic events for the coming week. More are on the City of Somerville website.


A Boynton Yards lab development called 808 Windsor is to be discussed Thursday by Somerville’s Planning Board. (Image: Boynton Yards)

Peer-reviewed building designs 

Urban Design Commission, 6 p.m. Tuesday. This advisory commission reviews proposed designs for 32-44 White St. in Porter Square, 120 Middlesex Ave. near Assembly Square, and 8 Medford St. near the Twin City Plaza. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

Investing in jobs for residents

Somerville Job Creation and Retention Trust Board, 6 p.m. Tuesday. The JCRT uses linkage fees collected from commercial development projects to create employment opportunities for Somerville residents. The board hosts a virtual forum and launches a survey to help prioritize its investments, as a significant influx of funds is expected over the coming year. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

New Porter Square proposal

City Council, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Chaired by Matt McLaughlin, the council will hear from Somerville resident David Einis, who recently bought two lots on White Street Place, a small side street near the Porter Square shopping center. Einis, principal owner of Green Line Property Group, is requesting the rezoning of one of the properties to “Mid-Rise 4” from “Neighborhood Residence” to match his other lot and neighboring properties. According to Einis’ letter to the council, 14 White Street Place contains three ”dilapidated structures” and abuts two properties on White Street that have been scheduled for demolition to make way for a proposed lab building (and are being discussed an hour earlier by the Urban Design Commission). The rezoning would allow Einis to develop a building on his two lots “consistent with the neighborhood character” and the city’s SomerVision plan. He promises a transit-oriented project that “will also significantly enhance the curb appeal of the street,” but has not yet specified publicly what type of development it would be.

Among other agenda items, the council looks to request a report from city staff on how local businesses are informed and consulted about curbside changes before implementation, and a report on the enforcement of restrictions on heavy commercial vehicles. 

The council meets at 93 Highland Ave., Winter Hill, Somerville. Televised and watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

Another Assembly Row lab space

Conservation Commission, 7 p.m. Tuesday. The commission will hear an update on Assembly Row Block 7A, the site of a life-science building under design. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

School repairs and maintenance

School Building Facilities and Maintenance Special Committee, 6 p.m. Wednesday. This committee run by city councilor Beatriz Gomez Mouakad will hear updates on the School Building Feasibility Study, the status of the 1895 building, planned repairs for the East Somerville Community School and Winter Hill School, and preventive maintenance plans for all school buildings. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

Judging CPA applicants

Community Preservation Committee, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. This committee, which manages the application process for Community Preservation Act funding for historic resources and open space or outdoor recreation projects, will hear presentations from 11 applicants for funding. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

Eversource energy report

Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, 2 p.m. Thursday. The state holds a virtual meeting with the Eversource gas utility to review the company’s three-year energy efficiency plan term report and take public comments. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

More labs at Boynton Yards

Planning Board, 6 p.m. Thursday. Chaired by Michael A. Capuano, the Planning Board will hear proposals from the life-sciences-focused Boynton Yards development to build a 12-story LEED Platinum lab building (at 153 South St., yet identified as 808 Windsor) develop a new commercial thoroughfare and redesign multiple lots and rights-of-way in the neighborhood. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.