Thursday, June 20, 2024

The site map for a proposed lab development at 200 McGrath Highway, Somerville, bordering Medford Street and Somerville Avenue Extension near Union Square. (Image: Somerville Office of Strategic Planning & Community Development)

City leaders start new year

Mid-Term Ceremonies, 6 p.m. Tuesday. To begin the second half of elected officials’ two-year terms, Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, incoming City Council president Ben Ewen-Campen and the incoming chair of the School Committee address the city in Midterm Ceremonies. The public is invited to attend at City Hall, 93 Highland Ave., Winter Hill. Organizational meetings of the council and School Committee take place immediately before the addresses; a reception with light refreshments follows the ceremony. Televised and livestreamed on the city’s public access channels as well as at somervillema.gov, and posted to YouTube the next day.


Broadway Star Market plan

Zoning Board of Appeals, 6 p.m. Wednesday. At a hearing continued from Dec. 14, the board hears more about a proposal to build two six-story residential buildings with 288 units, as well as two new civic spaces, on the site of the former Star Market at 299 Broadway, Winter Hill. Applying for a comprehensive permit under the state’s Chapter 40B rules, which allow for a streamlined approval process for affordable-housing developments, the applicants request waivers from various city ordinances and zoning requirements, including building massing and setbacks, screening requirements and on-street parking. Watchable by videoconferencing.


Homeland security meetings

Metro Boston Homeland Security Region, 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 to 11:45 a.m. Thursday. The security region’s Urban Search and Rescue Working Group meets to discuss the Urban Areas Security Initiative Project and other emergency management systems, followed by a look at the same project and systems by a working group focused on hazardous materials, K9 units and explosive ordnance disposal. The meetings will be held at Pro-EMS, 31 Smith Place, Cambridge Highlands. Watchable by videoconferencing.

Lab space on McGrath Highway

Planning Board, 6 p.m. Thursday. The board considers a proposal for two new lab buildings at 200 McGrath Highway, just outside Union Square. A team of developers led by Union Square Station Associates, the master developer known as US2 leading the 17-acre building project in the heart of Union Square, seeks to build nearly a million square feet of additional lab and commercial space on the 3-acre site bordering Medford Street and Somerville Avenue Extension. Watchable by videoconferencing. (Update on Jan. 4, 2022: Ben Ewen-Campen, city councilor for Somerville’s Ward 3, said via email that he had received notice that this meeting about the “Glass Stop” site is postponed “for several weeks.”)