Sunday, July 14, 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.


The possibility of a Van Leeuwen Ice Cream for Harvard Square is under discussion March 14 by the Attend meetings in Cambridge from March 1-7 aboutBoard of Zoning Appeal. (Photo: Ayoung P. via Yelp)

Coast Cafe to cut weekend hours

License Commission, 10:30 a.m. Monday. Though there’s discussion of disciplinary and legal issues at Central Square clubs The Middle East and La Fabrica Central among administrative matters, this commission agenda is otherwise just speckled with a number of smaller items: The Coast Cafe, an esteemed seller of soul food in the Riverside neighborhood, is cutting back weekend hours; the Harvard Square ramen and sushi joint Menya Jiro is changing its name to An Nam; and new licensing or upgrades is asked for Arrow Street Arts and the Wusong Road restaurant in Harvard Square and Vester in Kendall Square. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Solar panels and a farm at CRLS

School Committee Building & Grounds Subcommittee, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday. This hearing chaired by José Luis Rojas Villarreal looks at plans for campus solar panels and an urban farm at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin high school, as well as an update on how Covid is treated in schools; plans to use schools as polling sites for the upcoming Sept. 3 state primary; and the status of a facilities condition assessment. Watchable online.

Schools budget proposal, Part I

School Committee special meeting, 6 to 8 p.m Tuesday. Superintendent Victoria Greer presents her proposed budget for the 2025 fiscal year. Watchable online.

Plans for Walden Square II

Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The owners of the affordable Walden Square in North Cambridge have revised plans for Walden Square II, now two scaled-down buildings with 95 homes instead of the one large structure that drew criticism in 2022, but still face opposition from residents. The 7.3-acre site already holds 240 homes. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Envisioning Mass. Ave. of 2040

Massachusetts Avenue Planning Study community meeting, 6 to 7:15 p.m. March 14. The group holds its second community meeting toward creating a vision for what the avenue will look like in 2040 between Alewife Brook Parkway and Cambridge Common. The focus this time is on the area south of Porter Square, providing an overview of existing conditions and findings from the team’s initial research. The agenda will include a virtual presentation from the planning team, a review of the next community meeting approach and time for discussion questions and feedback. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Schools budget proposal, Part II

School Committee special meeting, 6 to 8 p.m March 14. A budget workshop around the budget proposed by superintendent Victoria Greer presents for the 2025 fiscal year. Watchable online.

Van Leeuwen ice cream; La Saison

Board of Zoning Appeal, 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. March 14. Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, which makes pints you probably see at the grocery store, is expanding its scoop shops to Massachusetts – one to Boston’s Seaport and the other to 1 Brattle Square, if it can get permission from the board as a “formula business” in a Harvard Square Overlay District meant to favor small, locally owned businesses. (The company made it through a Harvard Square Advisory Committee meeting last week.) The dessert shop wants 1,375 square feet at street level in a prime location that has seen long vacancies from departures such as an EMS outdoors shop, Chipotle and Spyce. La Saison Bakery, an instant favorite upon its 2020 opening at 407 Concord Ave. in Neighborhood 9 near Fresh Pond, wants to expand to 20 outdoor seats, as it’s already expanding hours to 7 p.m. daily. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.