Wednesday, April 17, 2024

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


An adult-use cannabis shop with an art space and cafe is proposed for Broadway in Somerville. (Image: Peter Quinn Architects via Planning Board)

Medford Street planning

8 Medford St. Neighborhood Meeting, 6 p.m. Monday. Nelson Properties, along with its attorney, architects and traffic engineers, present plans and answer public questions on a mixed-use development proposed for 8 Medford St. Watchable by videoconferencing.

Polyamory as protected status

City Council Legislative Matters Committee, 6 p.m. Tuesday. This committee run by city councilor Lance Davis gives its final approval to changes in the code of ordinance to add personal relationship status to the city’s nondiscrimination provisions relating to housing, policing and city personnel matters. Watchable by videoconferencing.

Designing McGrath Highway labs

Urban Design Commission, 6 p.m. Tuesday. This advisory group of urban design professionals, which provides developers with guidance to ensure that new buildings enhance the public realm, reviews plans for 35 McGrath Highway, where a proposed nine-story lab building has been approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals. Watchable by videoconferencing.

Cannabis on Broadway

Planning Board, 6 p.m. Thursday. The board hears a proposal to build a one-story commercial building at 620 Broadway and open an adult-use cannabis store in 4,508 square feet there, accompanied by a 1,609-square-foot café with patio dining (where patrons may have to pause their conversions as trains hurtle past) and an arts space – presented in renderings as a 371-square-foot gallery. The board also expects updates on proposed lab buildings on McGrath Highway near Union Square and Elm Street in Davis Square. Watchable by videoconferencing.

Civilian oversight of police

Civilian Oversight Webinar, 6 p.m. Thursday. The Department of Racial and Social Justice facilitates the third in a series of community discussions with members of the police department around their work and how they could interact with proposed civilian oversight entities. Attendees will be allowed to ask questions to panelists directly. American Sign Language interpretation will be available during the live session. Watchable by videoconferencing.