Sunday, July 21, 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 rendering of a planned building at 45 Mystic in Somerville’s Assembly Square. (Image: Context)

Upcoming school district budget

City Council Finance Committee, 8:30 p.m. Thursday. This committee run by city councilor Jake Wilson expects to review the School Department and a handful of other items on the city’s fiscal year 2025 budget. The council meets at 93 Highland Ave., Central Hill. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Municipal Pride month event

Pride Flag Raising, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. A free annual Pride flag-raising ceremony to honor LGBTQ+ Pride Month, with remarks by Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, Somerville LGBTQ+ liaison Izzy Starr and representatives from the community. At Somerville City Hall Plaza, 93 Highland Ave., Central Hill.

Hardship claimed for lab plan

Zoning Board of Appeals, 6 p.m. Wednesday. Mystic 45 Development LLC wants a hardship variance to break with city master plan standards for the Assembly Square Mixed-Use District so it doesn’t have to set aside at least 25 percent of its development site as civic space. It wants a lab building and a pocket plaza at 45 Mystic Ave., near a Home Depot and its massive parking lot, to replace a one-story auto service center that, when presented to the Planning Board in October, included a mixed-use building with 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. The developer and city staff have been at odds for months over civic space – plaza or pocket park? – and other details of the plan. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.