Saturday, July 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.


Families from Somerville’s Winter Hill Community Innovation School at the city’s main library June 2 after a school closing. (Photo: Emily Piper-Vallillo)

Mobility on Tufts Street

Commission for Persons With Disabilities, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday. The commission hosts a special meeting to hear a presentation by the city’s Mobility Team regarding the proposed Tufts Street redesign. This small side street that connects Cross and Washington streets in East Somerville will be reconstructed, including its sidewalks, tree plantings, curb ramps and pavement. The project may also include landscaping, traffic calming, crosswalks, parking changes and green stormwater infrastructure. The city is finishing its feedback-gathering phase and beginning to develop a conceptual design to be presented next spring. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Pocket park talk

217 Somerville Ave. park community meeting, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The Public Space and Urban Forestry Division convenes another conversation about its idea to transform 217 Somerville Ave., a vacant lot of approximately 0.15 acres at Rossmore Street near Union Square, into a pocket park. City staff is leading a community process to develop plans for the parklet. This will be the second online community meeting; the third and final one is scheduled for Nov. 30. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Winter Hill school status

Winter Hill Community Innovation School webinar, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Built in 1975, Winter Hill is a PK-8 public school that was closed abruptly last June for safety reasons after a piece of nonstructural concrete fell from the ceiling above a stairwell. This virtual community meeting addresses questions about short- and long-term plans for the Sycamore Street building. In early 2022, the city began developing a K-8 Master Plan with the Winter Hill and Brown schools deemed most in need of repair. That planning process is in the feasibility study phase. Meanwhile, the city has begun to seek major state funding for a potential renovation, rebuild or replacement of the Winter Hill school. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Council convenes

City Council, 7 p.m. Thursday. The council meets in City Hall, 93 Highland Ave.; televised and watchable by videoconferencing, and posted online after the meeting. The agenda was not posted at press time.