Wednesday, July 24, 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 proposed building on Broadway in East Somerville with a sense of how it will fit into its surroundings. (Image: Icon Architecture)

Ideas for Armory arts building

Armory public meetings, noon to 1 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. Monday. As part of the process of formulating a master plan for the Armory arts center at 191 Highland Ave., the city hosts three community meetings – two in person and one online – to gather public input about the uses of the building. The meetings are moderated by Create Today, a consulting firm that has been facilitating the planning effort. The in-person meetings take place in the Armory Café. Space will be limited to 40 people on a first-come basis. The virtual meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 1.

Broadway apartments revised

28-44 Broadway neighborhood meeting, 6:30 p.m. Monday. Highland Development Inc. presents a major revision to its previously approved plans to build a six-story residential building with ground-floor retail and one level of below-grade parking at 28-44 Broadway, East Somerville, near Sullivan Square. Formerly the site of a one-story plywood store, a liquor store, a restaurant and a garage, the site is now a hole in the ground. The developer was approved for a five-story residential building in 2019, but after the city amended its zoning rules, the firm presented a substantially different plan that was approved in June 2022. Hosted by Ward 1 city councilor Matthew McLaughlin, the meeting provides the public with an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed “major plan revision.” Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

More labs at Assembly Square

20-23 Cummings St. neighborhood meeting, 6 p.m. Wednesday. Greystar, a global real estate company, presents its initial proposal for a 1.3 million-square-foot lab, office and hospitality development at 20-23 Cummings St., Assembly Square. Greystar – also putting up a 16-story lab building a few blocks away at 74 Middlesex Ave. – will need a special permit to build on the site of the La Quinta hotel and 99 restaurant. Ward 1 city councilor Matthew McLaughlin hosts the neighborhood meeting in the community room at Public Storage, 50 Middlesex Ave.; the public can also join the meeting virtually or by phone.

Renters speak

Rent stabilization listening session, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday. Renters and their advocates get their turn to comment in the second of two listening sessions led by the city’s Anti-Displacement Task Force. As part of Somerville’s efforts to increase housing affordability and reduce displacement, the task force is drafting a rent stabilization proposal that will go to the mayor and City Council for approval, and finally to the state Legislature via a home rule petition. The listening session will be held in person at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., and remotely on Zoom. Registration no later than 48 hours before the session is recommended for renters or their advocates who wish to speak. Both sessions will be recorded and posted on the city’s website. Written comments will be accepted from the public until July 31.