Tuesday, July 16, 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.


Central Square city-owned lots

A city-owned lot provides green space at Brookline and Watson streets in Cambridgeport. (Photo: Marc Levy)

Central Square City Lots Study open house, noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. A look at what to do with city-owned properties in and around Central Square gets an open house-style meeting to share information about the project, review the sites and get input and the public’s ideas on future uses. (A Zoom option is planned for Oct. 25.) At Starlight Square, 84 Bishop Allen Drive, Central Square, Cambridge.

Allowing backyard chickens

Ordinance Committee, 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday. This committee run by city councillors Marc McGovern and Quinton Zondervan gets to weigh in on the keeping of backyard chickens, which dates back as an issue in Cambridge to at least 2010 but returned in August when Susan and Robert Filene, 60-year-residents on Chilton Street in West Cambridge, became the latest in a line of rogue hen keepers. The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Elections and resident assembly

Charter Review Committee, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. This group charged with suggesting updates to the city’s 80-year-old governing document continues its look at elections and suggesting that resident assemblies get added to city governance. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Housing agency budget and plan

Cambridge Housing Authority board, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The board overseeing homes for the low-income and disabled takes up the next annual budget and mulls the submitted annual plan for the agency. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Massachusetts Avenue changes

Massachusetts Avenue Partial Construction Working Group, 5 to 7 Thursday. City staff and this group of advisers hold a third site walks to see travel behavior before proposing design changes in a $50 million project. This walk goes from Day Street to Alewife Brook Parkway, setting off from Day Street (between the 7-Eleven and Pemberton Farms, 2225 Massachusetts Ave., North Cambridge).

Upper-schools student behavior

School Committee School Climate Subcommittee, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. This hearing chaired by Caroline Hunter looks at what it’s like in the city’s four middle schools, including student behavior, discipline policies and restorative justice practices, and opportunities for peer leadership. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Converting former Lesley offices

Board of Zoning Appeal, 6 to 11:30 p.m. Thursday. The new owner of two buildings sold by Lesley University asks to turn 7 and 9 Mellen St., in the Baldwin neighborhood, into eight- and nine-bedroom lodging houses – identified as “a hotel/motel use” on applications by Hong Liu of Belmont, and with most bedroom sharing bathrooms. The structures look residential, like the others on the street, and were homes until Lesley bought them in 1970 for office use. “The property is better for residential use,” the owner told the board in filings. “The city needs affordable housing. I am providing housing.” The same property owner seeks to add two apartments into the basement of the lodging house at 2240 Massachusetts Ave., North Cambridge. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.