Wednesday, July 24, 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.


A rendering of a part of Lesley University’s planned South Campus in West Cambridge. (Image: Lesley University Campus Plan)

Regular School Committee meeting

School Committee, 6 p.m. Tuesday. There’s no agenda posted yet for this meeting “for the purpose of discussing any and all business that may properly come before the committee,” but there are several issues popping that may be included: a charge from the Cambridge Education Association that contract negotiations are bogged down due to committee stubbornness and “language that would significantly increase the superintendent’s decision-making power” over that of faculty; complaints that the creation of elementary school schedules lacked transparency and educator input; and lunchtimes that are getting shorter or already suffer from food lines so long and slow that students don’t have time to eat. The committee meets in the Dr. Henrietta S. Attles Meeting Room at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 459 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Central Square City Lots Study

Central Square Advisory Committee, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. An inventory of city-owned property showed so much of it in and around Central Square – a baker’s dozen of unused, overused and empty lots and buildings – that a separate Central Square Municipal Property Needs Assessment and Planning Study has been done. Five of the sites are parking lots where city councillors have called repeatedly for affordable housing to be built. A community engagement stage on figuring out uses is underway; all work on the city-owned property project is to be done in December. The committee meets on the second floor of the City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

A Common toilet; a Lesley plan

Historical Commission, 6 p.m. Thursday. The city plans to install a public toilet on Waterhouse Street, which defines the northern border of Cambridge Common; Lesley University asks to put two temporary construction trailers at 99 Brattle St., at its South Campus – which, in classic Cambridge style, is in West Cambridge – in preparation for work outlined in a plan to unite a school with three centers; and there’s 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 a single-family home at 235 Third St. (built in 1886) to put up a five-story building of 19 homes. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.