Tuesday, July 16, 2024

This meetings calendar runs Friday to Friday as of this edition, a change from the previous Sunday-to-Sunday approach. These are just some of the municipal meetings and civic events for the coming week. More are on the City of Somerville website.


A rendering of the proposed Green Soul Organics dispensary at 23 Holland St., Davis Square, Somerville. (Image: Green Soul Organics)

Outdoor dining and dispensaries

Licensing Commission, 6 p.m. Monday. This commission chaired by Joe Lynch reviews another batch of proposals from restaurants for outdoor seating in public and private spaces around the city. The public is welcome to comment. One comment received in writing from Union Square Donuts objects to neighboring restaurants – four will have their applications reviewed at this meeting – taking up parking spaces with their seating. The Bow Street bakery says its sales dropped “considerably” after the parklets were installed last year because customers could not run in and grab their takeout orders. The commission also votes on whether to extend the allowed closing time for adult-use cannabis dispensaries to 11 from 9 p.m., and whether to amend the license of The Goods, 255 Elm St. in Davis Square, to close at 11 p.m. Watchable by videoconferencing.

Caring for elders

Elder care town hall, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday. This virtual town hall hosted by the Upper Middlesex Commission on the Status of Women brings together regional experts to discuss caring for aging family members. The commission’s mission is to connect elders and their caretakers with community resources and to examine systemic barriers and seek solutions to address them. Panelists will discuss care management, caregiver support, access to services, current legislation focused on elder care and more. Attendees will be invited to provide input on needs and resources in the community. Sign language interpretation will be provided. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

City Council talks budget

City Council Finance Committee, 6 p.m. Monday. This committee led by councilor Jake Wilson begins a succession of meetings to review departmental budgets for fiscal year 2024. The committee meets Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week. The council will make its recommendations on the budget before the start of the fiscal year on July 1. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Public discussion about budget

Budget Public Hearing, 7:30p.m. Monday. Community members speak to the City Council about the proposed municipal budget for fiscal year 2024. The meeting will be conducted online with Spanish and Portuguese interpretation. Access to and assistance with remote participation will be provided at the Council on Aging’s Holland Street Center, 167 Holland St., Davis Square Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Expanding the Encore casino

Encore Boston Harbor public hearing, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission holds a second public hearing for the so-called East of Broadway Development in Everett to be located across the street from the Encore Boston Harbor casino complex. Encore is proposing a major expansion to the east side of Broadway that would include an enlarged gaming space, a 999-seat theater, other entertainment venues, two hotels, food and beverage facilities, retail services, a warehouse support facility, three parking garages and a pedestrian bridge across Broadway. The first phase of this project is under consideration by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. For those who cannot attend this hearing, the commission will accept written comments from the public until 4 p.m. June 9. After that, the commission will hold a public meeting to discuss the project in detail and deliberate on Encore Boston Harbor’s request. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

More cannabis selling on tap

23 Holland St. neighborhood meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday. Ward 6 Councilor Lance Davis hosts a public presentation by Green Soul Organics, a Boston company planning to open an adult-use cannabis store at 23 Holland St., Davis Square, at the former site of Johnny D’s Uptown. Green Soul has been approved as economic empowerment priority applicant by the state Cannabis Control Commission and signed its host community agreement with the city in 2020. Representatives from the project team will listen to community feedback and answer questions about the conceptual design of the site, which will include solar panels and other energy-efficient technologies. Located across the street from an MBTA red line station, the dispensary will encourage customers and employees to get there by public transportation and non-motorized vehicles. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Another Davis development

53 Chester St. neighborhood meeting, 6 p.m. Wednesday. Ward 6 Councilor Lance Davis hosts a public presentation for a proposed mixed-use development with three residential units and commercial space at 53 Chester St., Davis Square, next door to Redbones Barbecue. The current structure, built in 1920, is a two-family house. Applicant John Greenip, his attorney Anne M. Vigorito and architect Peter Quinn present the building plans and take questions. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Talk about accessibility law

Americans with Disabilities Act focus group, 6 p.m. Thursday. The Department of Racial and Social Justice convenes a virtual meeting for the public to talk about their experiences with disability access in Somerville and priorities for the city’s updated Americans with Disabilities Act transition plan, which identifies current barriers that limit access to programs and services. Community members can fill out a survey on the topic until June 30. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.