Sunday, April 21, 2024

The Gas Light Co. Building in Cambridge’s Central Square. (Photo: Marc Levy)

School district budgeting …

City Council and School Committee joint budget roundtable/working meeting, 5:30 p.m. Monday. Officials look at Cambridge Public Schools’ budget priorities for the upcoming 2024 fiscal year, which begins July 1. This is a remote meeting watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.


… and capital project budgeting

Finance Committee, noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday. This committee run by city councillors Dennis Carlone and Patty Nolan discusses capital budgeting and physical infrastructure investment priorities ahead of the 2024 fiscal year budget cycle. The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing. (Update on Jan. 30, 2023: This meeting was canceled.)

Brattle Street improvements

Brattle Street community meeting, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. A discussion of safety improvements to Brattle Street between Sparks and Mount Auburn streets – with a look at feedback on Phase 1 of the project installed last fall between Mason and Mount Auburn streets. There will also be a look at preliminary plans for where Brattle and Mount Auburn streets meet, including a bike-lane connection to Aberdeen Avenue in West Cambridge. (The Historical Commission looks at Brattle Street too, on Thursday.) Street changes of this sort have rattled neighborhoods when implemented, with residents often complaining of a lack of notice and understanding of what’s coming along. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Changes in East Cambridge

Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The developer Urban Spaces seeks to amend a 2010 large-project permit to put a six-story, 90-apartment addition at what is now one story with a post office and three retail spaces at 75 First St., East Cambridge – the longtime home of David’s Shoes On First. (Urban Spaces plans to keep 3,600 square feet of ground-floor commercial space along First Street.) The project, with construction expected to cost up to $50 million, falls under inclusionary zoning law, meaning 20 percent of its net residential space will be dedicated to affordable homes. Also on the agenda: design details for Lechmere Canal Park, which New England Development says will be done in the first phase of its redevelopment of the CambridgeSide mall into an East Cambridge mixed-use mini-neighborhood. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.


Voices of Indigenous people

Civic Unity Committee, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. This committee run by city councillor E. Denise Simmons picks up on her own policy order from Oct. 3 about convening an advisory group to spotlight the voices and experiences of local Indigenous people. The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Brattle and a landmark question

Historical Commission, 6 p.m. Thursday. Members get a look at Phase 2 of a Brattle Street Safety Improvement Project (there’s related discussion Tuesday), including proposed two-way bike lanes with concrete curbing and flex posts, crossing islands and curb realignment between Sparks Street and the Fresh Pond Parkway. Also: a conversation on a potential landmarking at the circa-1912 Gas Light Co. Building at 711-727 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square, where a boutique-hotel addition has been proposed. The commission must decide whether to recommend a designation to the City Council. Finally, there are draft policies on heating, ventilating and cooling equipment and the use of synthetic materials on historical homes. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Forum on climate-impact law

Beudo: A Path to Reducing Building Emissions in Cambridge, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Cambridge Mothers Out Front hosts an online forum on amendments to the city’s Building Energy Use Disclosure Ordinance that the City Council will vote on in the coming months to play a role in reducing climate impacts in Cambridge. Speakers will be Gaurab Basu, physician and founding co-director of the Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Health Equity Education and Advocacy, who will discuss public health and equity impacts; and Seth Federspiel, climate program manager for the City of Cambridge, who will give an overview of the ordinance and amendments. There will be time for questions and discussion. RSVP here.


Public forum on charter review

Charter Review Committee, 6 p.m. Saturday. The committee leads a public form on aspects of its work remaking the city’s 80-year-old governing document. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.