Friday, July 19, 2024

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


Lyndell’s Bakery in Somerville’s Ball Square could be redeveloped into first-floor retail and upper-story housing. (Photo: Lyndell’s via Facebook)

Preparing for change

Climate Action Discussion, 6:30 p.m. Monday. City staff and community members discuss their climate change concerns and actions to promote environmental health. The conversation will focus primarily on mitigating high heat, flooding, air pollution and water quality. Spanish and Portuguese translation will be provided. The meeting takes place in the East Somerville Public Library, 115 Broadway.

Equity in many forms

City Council Equity, Gender, Seniors, Families and Vulnerable Populations Committee, 7 p.m. Monday. This committee chaired by councilor Beatriz Gomez Mouakad tackles a wide range of agenda items relating to equity for vulnerable populations. Councilors are calling on the School Department to do a better job of meeting public school students’ needs for after-school and vacation programming, as demand for programs has been exceeding capacity. They also call for the Parks and Recreation Department to consider giving priority to low-income families to register for recreational programs. Regarding immigrants, councilors will hear from the director of the SomerViva Office of Immigrant Affairs about the process to connect immigrant families with legal services and the waitlist to get those services. Regarding reproductive health, the director of Health and Human Services will discuss the potential effects of the Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health on pregnant people and reproductive health and consider how to ensure that crisis pregnancy centers, if they should come to Somerville in the future, are required to provide medically accurate information and have appropriate background checks for their staff. Finally, councilors will hear from the acting chief of police regarding the policies and training for officers to address violence against LGBTQ and gender non-conforming individuals. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Redeveloping Lyndell’s

720 Broadway Neighborhood Meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday. Developers DiCamillo Associates, along with their attorney, architect, landscape architects and engineers, present their proposal for a mixed-use development at 720 Broadway, Ball Square, currently the site of Lyndell’s Bakery. The developer seeks to tear down the one-story building constructed in 1900 and adjacent triple-decker house, replacing them with a multistory development with first-floor retail and upper-story housing. Hosted by Ward 6 councilor Lance Davis, this is the second neighborhood meeting required before the development team can apply for a special permit and site plan approval. The presentation will be followed by public comment. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Indoor parking at Greentown

City Council Licenses and Permits Committee, 6 p.m. Wednesday. This committee chaired by councilor Willie Burnley Jr. considers a request from Greentown Labs, 444 Somerville Ave., Ward Two, for a garage license for storing up to five vehicles inside the property from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. 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.