Saturday, April 20, 2024

Urban rodentologist Bobby Corrigan spots a rat hole in Union Square during a 2019 visit in a screen capture from a Somerville GovTV video.

Managing damage from rats

Rodent Issues Special Committee, 6:30 p.m. Monday. Members hear from staff about current rodent mitigation plans and consider residents’ concerns about rodent expenses, including car and home repairs. Watchable by videoconferencing.


Intersection reconstruction due

Powder House Boulevard and Alewife Brook Parkway community meeting, 6 p.m. Wednesday. City planners host a meeting to present the final design and construction timeline on the intersection of Powder House Boulevard and Alewife Brook Parkway. The project is intended to create safer roadway conditions in this “high crash location” and upgrade aging underground infrastructure. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

What’s up in Gilman Square

Gilman Square community update, 6 p.m. Wednesday. Planning staff and the Gilman Square Civic Advisory Committee update residents on neighborhood activity, including the newly published Flood Mitigation and Water Quality Master Plan and the status of the Community Path. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Fixing our schools

School Building Facilities and Maintenance Special Committee, 6 p.m. Wednesday. This special committee of the City Council examines maintenance issues and planned repairs throughout the public school system. Watchable by videoconferencing.

Replacing Broadway Star Market

Zoning Board of Appeals, 6 p.m. Wednesday. At a hearing continued from Jan. 18, the board resumes debate on the 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 are requesting waivers from various city ordinances and zoning requirements, including building massing and setbacks, screening requirements and on-street parking. Watchable by videoconferencing.


Unaffordable housing

Housing and Community Development Committee, 6 p.m. Thursday. Members consider the status of residents facing displacement, the number of households seeking rental assistance and the effects of higher utility bills on affordable-housing tenants. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Davis Square labs

Planning Board, 6 p.m. Thursday. The board continues discussions with developer AP Davis Square Plaza LLC, which proposes to develop a four-story lab building on Elm Street in the heart of Davis Square. Application materials and other documentation may be viewed online. Watchable by videoconferencing.

Porter Square rezoning

City Council Land Use Committee and Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Thursday. In a joint hearing, the boards hear public comments on a request by developer David Einis to change the zoning of 14 White Street Place in Porter Square from Neighborhood Residence to Mid-Rise 4. According to Einis, the site contains three “dilapidated structures” that could be rebuilt into a transit-oriented project “consistent with the neighborhood character” and the city’s SomerVision plan. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.