Saturday, July 20, 2024

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


A young bicyclist at a Safe Streets rally held Sept. 17, 2022, in Somerville’s Davis Square. (Photo: Tom Meek)

Regulating loud construction

City Council Legislative Matters Committee, 6 p.m. Tuesday. This committee run by councilor Lance Davis hears a proposal to amend the city’s noise ordinance to prohibit “loud and disruptive” construction activities on Saturdays and evenings. Construction is allowed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays; it is not allowed on Sundays or legal holidays except by special authorization. The proposal would limit noisy construction activities to 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and prohibit it on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. “Loud and disruptive” activities include pile driving, using drilling rigs or impact hammer rigs, blasting or explosive equipment, heavy-duty crushing machinery, jackhammers, concrete or masonry saws, sand blasting or abrasive blasting. The existing rules would still apply to other types of construction that do not cause “noise disruption.” Watchable by videoconferencing.

Community center wanted

City Council Housing and Community Development Committee, 6 p.m. Tuesday. This committee run by councilor Kristen Strezo considers possible locations and a projected timeline for a community center in or near Union Square. Councilors have been eyeing potential sites in Boynton Yards, where several large developers are legally required to create community space as part of their developments. The councilors and Economic Development Department staff will discuss what and where the community center could be and make plans for a feasibility study. Watchable by videoconferencing.

Bike network rollout

City Council Traffic and Parking Committee, 6 p.m. Wednesday. This committee run by councilor Beatriz Gomez Mouakad hosts a public hearing on the city’s new Bike Network Plan, which will expand and upgrade the current 30-mile network of bicycle facilities to a total of 88 miles. Forty miles of improvements are targeted for high-priority routes to be completed by 2030, with the remaining miles to be added by 2043. The network includes a mix of protected bike facilities, off-street paths and traffic-calmed “Neighborways” routes, with the goal of creating safe and connected routes that protect bike riders of all ages. The public hearing is aimed at understanding community preferences and concerns about the rollout of the plan, which has already been adopted by the city. Televised live and watchable by videoconferencing, the hearing will also be posted online a day or two after the meeting.

Apartment building proposed

Planning Board, 6 p.m. Thursday. The board reviews a proposal from Somerville Living LLC to develop a four-story apartment building at 366 Broadway, Winter Hill, the site of a two-story professional building. The 58-unit residential building would include 11 affordable units. The applicant is not proposing motor vehicle parking for the site, which is close to the Gilman Square and Magoun Square green line MBTA stations and several bus lines, but will include 58 long-term and 10 short-term bicycle parking spaces. The proposal was discussed at a required two neighborhood meetings and reviewed by the Urban Design Commission. It now requires site plan approval and one special permit from the Planning Board. At the same meeting, Somerville Living LLC also seeks a major amendment to its previously approved plan for a four-story apartment building at 16-20 Medford St. The developer is proposing to increase the total unit count to 51 from 41, remove the subsurface garage and reduce parking spaces to 12 from 43. Watchable by videoconferencing.

Council convenes

City Council, 7 p.m. Thursday. The council meets at 93 Highland Ave.; televised and watchable by videoconferencing, and posted online after the meeting. The agenda was not posted at press time.