Wednesday, July 17, 2024

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


Old and new garage licenses

Dewire Family Trust properties in Somerville’s Duck Village are seeking business licensing. (Image: Google)

Licenses and Permits Committee, 6 p.m. Wednesday. This committee led by councilor Willie Burnley Jr. considers applications for new auto repair shop licenses at 61 Washington St. and 30 Joy St. in East Somerville. The committee also revisits two garage license renewal applications from the Dewire Family Trust for its properties at 381 and 387 Washington St. The family has owned these and other properties in Duck Village for more than a century. Their applications were not approved in a previous meeting after Ward 2 councilor J.T. Scott raised questions about the properties and the owners. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Neighbors meet in two wards

Ward 1 Community Meeting, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The semi-annual “City Hall Community Meetings” series comes to Ward 1 this week. Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, city councilors and administrative staff will update neighborhood residents on citywide initiatives, local projects and crime stats, followed by questions from the public. The event starts at 6 p.m. with refreshments and informal talk, followed by the presentation from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the East Somerville Community School Cafeteria, 50 Cross St. The Ward 5 meeting takes place Thursday in the Kennedy School Cafeteria, 5 Cherry St.

More labs on Mystic Avenue

Planning Board, 6 p.m. Thursday. Mystic 45 Development LLC presents its master plan for a lab building and a pocket plaza at 45 Mystic Ave. in the Assembly Square Mixed-Use District. Replacing a one-story auto service center, the redevelopment would include one mixed-use laboratory building containing 23,004 square feet of lab space; 8,179 square feet of conference and amenity space; 2,044 square feet of ground-floor community space for artists and other makers; and no on-site parking. Located in a “high outdoor heat exposure” zone, the proposal includes significant amounts of green space and shading from vegetation and overhangs. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Removing zoning requirements

Planning Board and Land Use committees joint hearing, 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The committees consider a proposal from the mayor and city staff to amend the rules for the Neighborhood Residence and Urban Residence zoning districts to permit single-family houses and triple-decker buildings without any conditions, and to repeal the lot depth, units per lot and other requirements. These changes are part of the city’s efforts to comply with the state’s MBTA Communities Act before the Dec. 31 deadline. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.