Friday, June 14, 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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Parts of Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge are due for $50 million in improvements. (Photo: Marc Levy)

Affordable housing law, Part I

Ordinance Committee, 6 to 8 p.m. Monday. This committee run by city councillors Marc McGovern and Quinton Zondervan looks at proposed amendments to the city’s Affordable Housing Overlay zoning to allow 100-percent-affordable buildings to rise to 12 stories along the city’s main corridors and to 15 stories in the squares, which is taller than current zoning allows but shorter than the 13-story and 25-story buildings originally proposed as a change. Councillors expect to recess this meeting and return to it Thursday – likely expecting this first session to be all or mostly public comment so the next one can get to debate. The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.


Adding green ordinances to code

Ordinance Committee, noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday. This committee run by city councillors Marc McGovern and Quinton Zondervan look at changing the municipal code to add a chapter for a “fossil fuel free demonstration” project and consider a proposed amendment to the building energy use disclosure ordinance requiring newly covered properties to go net zero by 2030. The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.


Massachusetts Avenue changes

Massachusetts Avenue Partial Construction Working Group, 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday. City staff and this group of advisers plan two site walks to see how travelers behave on the avenue before proposing design changes in a $50 million project. This walk goes from Porter Square to Waterhouse Street near Harvard Square, setting off from the red windmill sculpture at Porter Station, 1899 Massachusetts Ave.

Affordable housing law, Part II

Ordinance Committee, 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday. This committee run by city councillors Marc McGovern and Quinton Zondervan returns to discuss the city’s Affordable Housing Overlay zoning in a hearing begun Monday. The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Demolition in East Cambridge

Historical Commission, 6 p.m. Thursday. The return of a plan for East Cambridge in which a developer would take down the little offices at 231 Third St. (built in 1916) and single-family home at 235 Third St. (built in 1886) to put up a five-story building of 19 homes. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.