Wednesday, June 12, 2024

These are just some of the municipal meetings and civic events for the coming week. More are on the City Calendar and in the city’s Open Meetings Portal.

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An 18-home building proposed to replace a Dunkin’ Donuts in East Cambridge. (Image: Cambridge Board of Zoning Appeal)

Fossil fuel free demonstration …

Fossil fuel free demonstration program, 5 to 6 p.m. Monday. Cambridge is one of 10 communities in a test of a state program that calls for new construction and major renovations to be free of fossil fuel use. Participants may learn about the test and contribute ideas on how to fulfill the goal.Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.


… and ‘stretch code,’ Part I

Specialized stretch code webinar for commercial construction, 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday. Builders and building owners who want to understand the implications of a new “stretch code” law emphasizing smart energy can watch this webinar created with MassSave. The basics of the stretch code are covered, along with the further requirements of a specialized code adopted by Cambridge and other communities. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Evaluating the superintendent

School Committee special meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday. Committee members discuss and adopt an end-of-year “summative composite evaluation” of superintendent Victoria Greer. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.


‘Stretch code’ building, Part II

Specialized stretch code webinar for residential construction, 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Residents who want to understand the implications of a new “stretch code” law are directed to this webinar created with MassSave. The basics of the stretch code, which emphasizes smart energy, are covered here, along with the further requirements of a specialized code adopted by Cambridge and other communities. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.


Dunkin’ and a demolition

Board of Zoning Appeal, 6 p.m. Thursday. We may have to get by with one fewer Dunkin’ Donuts location – the one at 5 Third St., East Cambridge (it’s also known as 8 Winter St.), may become a five-story building with 18 homes. The 16,921-square-foot project is supported by the East Cambridge Planning Team, which knows there’s another Dunkin’ at 14 McGrath Highway, Somerville, less than one-third of a mile away in the Twin Cities Plaza. The agenda also holds a request from a couple on Alpine Street in West Cambridge on a monthslong journey to renovate their home to have enough room for them, two children and grandparents who live with them to watch the kids while they work, attorney Michael Welsh told the board in June 2022. During a limited demolition, the “second floor collapsed,” the couple said, seeking approval “to continue the construction by restoring the collapsed floor and walls,” as well as pursue the original plan. “It has been 18 months since we first began the application,” Yingchau Yu and Siyu Huang said. “Finishing the restoration of the property is of public interest to the neighborhood.” Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.