Thursday, June 20, 2024

These are just some of the municipal meetings and civic events for the coming week. More are on the City of Somerville website.

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Expanding Junction Park

A rendering of the future Junction Park. (Image: City of Somerville)

Junction Park construction meeting, 6 to 7 p.m. Monday. Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, Ward 5 city councilor Beatriz Gomez Mouakad and city staff host a virtual community meeting to discuss the imminent project to improve and expand Junction Park, located along the Community Path near Central Street. The redesign will increase the park’s total area to 1.4 acres from 0.6 acres by eliminating 0.8 acres of asphalt. The park will get new trees and native pollinator plantings, as well as amenities such as picnic tables and other seating options, hammock posts, bike racks and a repair station. Construction is planned to begin in mid-August and continue through December 2024. At this meeting, staff members present the final design, construction process and timeline, and hear comments from the public. Watchable by videoconferencing.


Talking with the Armory

Armory community meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Center for Arts at the Armory, a nonprofit organization, presents its accomplishments, plans and goals and addresses the city’s recent proposals to change the way its home, the Armory building, is managed. After acquiring the building in 2021, the city has been conducting a master planning process with a consultant team, Create Today, and recently presented two organizational models that are being considered for the building. In one model, the Center for Arts at the Armory would be dissolved and other current Armory tenants would be forced out. The organization seeks public support for its continued existence. The meeting takes place in the Armory’s Performance Hall, 191 Highland Ave.


Junction Park party

Groundbreaking ceremony, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. City officials and staff members host a groundbreaking to celebrate the start of renovations at Junction Park. The ceremony will take place at 114 Central St. (Rain date: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday.) 

Wine shop in Union Square

30 Bow St. neighborhood meeting, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Wild Child, a culinary event and education space in Bow Market, seeks to expand into a nearby house in Union Square. Representatives of the business host a virtual meeting to discuss their application for a special permit to open a retail wine shop in existing ground-floor commercial space at 30 Bow St. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.


Fees for outdoor dining

Outdoor dining license fees community conversations, 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. While outdoor dining has grown significantly since 2020, Somerville has not been charging fees to restaurants for the privilege since the start of the pandemic. This year, the city began charging administrative fees only, but it’s planning to implement a new fee structure for outdoor dining licenses in public spaces starting next year. At two virtual sessions, city officials discuss the issues and hear the public’s concerns. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

New housing near Sullivan

Planning Board, 6 p.m. Thursday. The board led by Michael Capuano hears a proposal from Wash Dev2 LLC to build a four-story walk-up apartment building at 7 Washington St. in East Somerville on the border of Charlestown. The 10-unit building would include one studio apartment, three one-bedrooms, five two-bedrooms and one three-bedroom. The developer proposes to include 10 bicycle parking spots inside the main entrance of the building but no car parking on the site, which is less than a block from a public bus stop and less than a half-mile from Sullivan Square and its MBTA orange line station. Watchable by videoconferencing.


Biking in Portuguese

Bike Workshop, 2 to 4 p.m. Friday. The Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development and SomerViva Office of Immigrant Affairs co-sponsor a workshop on bicycle safety and basic bike maintenance. Led by Anselmo Cassiano, a Somerville resident and experienced cyclist, the workshop will be conducted in Portuguese. Registration is not required, and you do not need to bring a bike. The workshop will take place at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave.