Sunday, June 16, 2024

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


The Union Square green line T stop on March 30. (Photo: Marc Levy)

Remembering attacks of 9/11

9/11 remembrance ceremony, 8:30 a.m. Monday. Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the Department of Veterans’ Services host a procession and remembrance ceremony marking the 22nd anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The public is welcome to join, starting at the Cedar Street entrance to the Community Path at 8:30 a.m. The march proceeds to the city’s 9/11 memorial, a granite compass sculpture in the middle of a traffic island in Davis Square, for a wreath-laying ceremony and presentation of the colors by the Somerville Police and Somerville Fire Honor Guards.

Legislation to control rents

Rent stabilization listening session, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Community members weigh in on the city’s efforts to increase housing affordability and reduce residential displacement. The plan may include limits on how much landlords can raise rents, and allowances for increases if utility costs go up or improvements are made; protections against wrongful evictions; exemptions for certain types of buildings; rent control based on tenants’ income; enforcement of the new law; and other details. Led by the Anti-Displacement Task Force, the listening sessions help inform development of draft legislation to be submitted to the mayor and City Council, then to the state Legislature as a home rule petition. If approved by the state, the city would be able to enact the law. This is the third and final listening session, and priority goes to anyone who has not provided comment. Advance registration by Sunday is required to speak. The hybrid meeting will take place at the Armory at 191 Highland Ave. and on Zoom, and recordings of all the listening sessions will be posted online.

Green line suspension questions

Squires Bridge construction meeting, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. As the state Department of Transportation prepares for a 25-day shutdown of the Union Square green line station beginning Sept. 18, state staff visit Somerville to speak to riders about the effects and alternative service options. The shutdown is due to construction work on Squires Bridge, which carries Route 28/McGrath Highway over the Union spur of the green line and Fitchburg Line commuter rail. Construction will focus on critical repairs and preventive actions to ensure the bridge stays open and safe. The meeting takes place at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave. A telephone hotline has been set up to answer riders’ questions about the project at (617) 927-9957.

More housing on Broadway

45-51 Broadway neighborhood meeting, 6 p.m. Wednesday. Highland Development Inc. presents its proposal to redevelop 45 Broadway and 51 Broadway, East Somerville – a two-story industrial building housing Broadway Brake and a triple-decker house built around 1900, respectively, owned by CDA Realty Somerville LLC. They would become a six-story residential building with ground-floor retail and one level of below-grade parking. The site is across the street from another planned six-story residential development approved by the city last year. The developer will need site plan approval and a special permit from the Planning Board. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Environmentally friendly advice

Sustainability and Environment virtual office hours, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The Office of Sustainability and Environment welcomes inquiries from anyone seeking to reduce their energy use or dispose of waste better. Its mission is “to make Somerville a leader in addressing climate change, reducing energy usage and costs, minimizing impacts of climate change and reducing waste to create a healthy and enjoyable Somerville.” OSE staff offer virtual office hours on the second Thursday of every month, excluding holidays. Office hours are first-come, first-served, and preregistration is required. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.