Wednesday, May 22, 2024

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


The Eversource substation in Union Square, Somerville. (Photo: Linda Pinkow via the Somerville Wire)

Union Square substation work

Eversource Substation Neighborhood Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Monday. As part of its project to build a substation in Kendall Square and improve electric service in the Somerville-Cambridge area, Eversource hosts a second neighborhood meeting to discuss plans for its existing substation at 51 Prospect St., Union Square. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

Clean energy policy updates 

Somerville Commission on Energy Use and Climate Change, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The committee, which advises the city on climate change issues and clean-energy policy, discusses progress on the Zero Waste Plan, updating the Somerville Climate Forward plan and other sustainability initiatives. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

Proposal at Broadway Star Market

Zoning Board of Appeals, 6 p.m. Wednesday. In a meeting delayed from Nov. 30, when the board couldn’t get a quorum, three companies make a combined bid for redeveloping 299 Broadway, Winter Hill – a Star Market that has been empty since closing in 2007. The design includes two six-story buildings with 288 residential homes, of which 132 would be affordable, plus two civic spaces. There would be 293 bicycle parking spaces, but none for cars. Mark Development, Beacon Communities Services and Rise Together seek a comprehensive permit under state “40B” laws, which in this case would be used to reduce administrative hurdles. The developers ask waivers from various city ordinances and zoning requirements, including about massing and open space setbacks, screening requirements and on-street parking. Watchable by video conferencing.

Cities and MWRA talk sewage

Combined Sewer Overflow Joint Meeting, 6 p.m. Thursday. Heavy rainfall can overwhelm sewer systems and send pollution into local rivers, and climate change can make that even worse; 50 million gallons of sewage-contaminated stormwater was discharged into the Alewife Brook last year from Cambridge and Somerville. The cities are working with the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority on the problem, and this second virtual meeting offers a look into the work. (The first meeting can be watched here.) Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.