Tuesday, July 23, 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 rendering of a 58-unit apartment building proposed for Somerville’s Winter Hill and being heard this week by the Planning Board. (Image: Kems Corp.)

Dealing with rising rents

Rent stabilization listening session, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Property owners and their advocates comment on rent stabilization in the first of two listening sessions led by the city’s Anti-Displacement Task Force, which is drafting a rent stabilization law as part of Somerville’s efforts to increase housing affordability and reduce displacement. Strategies may include new rules to prevent rents from rising too quickly and to protect against wrongful evictions. The task force will consider these public comments as it develops a draft proposal that will then go to the mayor and City Council for approval, and finally to the state Legislature via a home rule petition. Two sessions will be offered: one for property owners and one for renters. The session for renters and their advocates will be held 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on July 27. Both will be hybrid, with the opportunity to participate in person at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., or remotely on Zoom, and both will be recorded and posted on the city’s website. Advance registration no later than 48 hours before the session is recommended for anyone who wishes to speak at either session. Written comments will be accepted until July 31.

More labs at Porter

Planning Board, 6 p.m. Thursday. This board chaired by Michael Capuano deliberates on a proposal for a four-story lab building at 32-44 White St., abutting the Cambridge border and across from the Porter Square Shopping Center. The property is now two single-family houses and a one-story commercial building. SGL Development proposes to demolish the buildings and merge the separately owned lots into one. Considered a transit-oriented development, the building will have bicycle parking but no on-site motor vehicle parking. The site design has been reviewed by the Urban Design Commission, and the Historic Preservation Commission has no objections to demolishing the old buildings. The board also takes up a proposal for a four-story apartment building at 366 Broadway, Winter Hill, currently a two-story medical building. The developer plans 58 units with 58 long-term bicycle parking spaces, 10 short-term bicycle parking spaces and no motor vehicle parking. Residents will be ineligible for on-street residential parking permits. Twenty percent of the units will be deed-restricted affordable homes. Watchable by videoconferencing.

Help prevent overdoses

Narcan distribution, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Somerville Prevention Services, the agency that leads the city’s efforts to prevent drug misuse, hosts its final weekly harm reduction training session for July. Community members get a brief overdose prevention training as well as free harm-reduction materials, including Narcan. The program takes place at Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park, 300 Grand Union Blvd. at Assembly Row, Somerville.