Sunday, July 14, 2024

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


A worker at the U-Haul center on Linwood Street in Somerville. (Photo: Bruno O. via Yelp)

Workshop on financial literacy

Financial Literacy (Portuguese), 9 a.m. Saturday. This workshop is tailored for the Portuguese-speaking community to provide knowledge and skills for money management and designed to address financial needs and challenges faced by the Portuguese-speaking community. This workshop will take place at 42 Cross Street.

Six-story U-Haul rental center

Neighborhood meeting for 151 Linwood St., 6 p.m. Tuesday. This meeting, sponsored by Ward 2 city councilor J.T. Scott, addresses a variance and a special permit sought for a new six-story U-Haul transport and storage facility meant to replace the current single-story building at 151 Linwood St. in the Inner Belt area. This meeting will be watchable via Teams videoconferencing software.

Historical significance decision

Historic Preservation Commission, 6:45 p.m. Tuesday. The commission will meet to determine the historical significance of 36 Munroe St., Prospect Hill, a three-story Mansard building constructed in 1900. Determining historical significance is the first step in a potential demolition process. This meeting will be watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Zoning board to meet

Zoning Board of Appeals, 6 p.m. Wednesday. The board will consider zoning ordinances from 10 Perry St., Ward 2; the ax-throwing recreational center at 2 Union Square; and 1 McGrath Highway – this final one being for a hardship variance extension sought by the builders of a proposed Inner Belt six-story Somerbridge Hotel, spanning the Cambridge border on a vacant car wash site just across the road from a Holiday Inn. The proposal includes 86,765 square feet of commercial space (63,560 of it in Somerville), 199 guest rooms, 13 car parking spaces (all in Cambridge), 18 long-term bicycle parking spaces and nine short-term bicycle parking spaces. The variance is for a nonconforming façade. This meeting will be watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Public Safety Task Force event

Public Safety for All Task Force, 7 p.m. Wednesday. At this community workshop, the task force will give an update on its work in creating and shaping public safety policies and aiding racial and social justice. Attendees will be asked a series of questions for emergency response recommendations for Mayor Katjana Ballantyne. There will be facilitators who speak English, Spanish, Mandarin, Portuguese, Nepali, Cantonese and Haitian Creole. This workshop will take place at the Somerville High School cafeteria, 81 Highland Avenue.