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.

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A rendering of a project proposed for Assembly Square, Somerville, and returning to the Planning Board on Thursday.

Budget hearings, Part I …

City Council Finance Committee, 6 p.m. Thursday. This committee run by city councilor Jake Wilson – a committee of the whole, meaning all councilors can take part equally – considers the $360 million budget proposed by Mayor Katjana Ballantyne on May 30 that makes room for such items as outfitting and staffing a new Assembly Row fire station, a test of curbside composting, more affordable-housing funds, a homelessness coordinator hire and construction liaison and design manager. Watchable online and by Zoom videoconferencing.

Davis pot, Assembly offices

Planning Board, 6 p.m. Thursday. Green Soul Organics returns in pursuit of a special permit to open a cannabis shop at 17-27 Holland St., Davis Square, where the Johnny D’s restaurant and nightclub used to be; and Liberty Mutual Insurance wants to change the ground-floor use at a project called Alta Xmbly planned for 290 Revolution Drive, Assembly Square – its eight-story building with 324 multi-family units and five townhouse units with a 188-parking-space garage. It would have 4,543 square feet of office at its base instead of retail.Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.


… Budget hearings, Part II …

City Council Finance Committee, 6 p.m. Monday. This committee run by city councilor Jake Wilson considers specific aspects of the $360 million budget proposed by Mayor Katjana Ballantyne on May 30, namely the Community Preservation Act, planning (and the planning and Community Development administration), mobility, parking, Preservation & Zoning, housing and housing stability, economic development and the Redevelopment Authority and Public Space & Urban Forestry. Watchable online and by Zoom videoconferencing.


… and budget hearings, Part III

City Council Finance Committee, 6 p.m. Wednesday. This committee run by city councilor Jake Wilson considers specific aspects of the $360 million budget proposed by Mayor Katjana Ballantyne on May 30, including such line items as communications and community engagement, constituent services, SomerViva (the Office of Immigrant Affairs) and SomerPromise (for children and youth), elections, human resources and workers’ compensation, the Council on Aging, Veterans Services, libraries and Parks & Recreation. Watchable online and by Zoom videoconferencing.