Monday, July 22, 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.

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Bicycle and scooter riders cross paths in Harvard Yard on Feb. 13. (Photo: Julia Levine)

Adding to tenants rights

Ordinance Committee, 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday. This committee run by vice mayor Marc McGovern and city councillor Paul Toner holds a hearing to talk about changes to a tenant’s rights law that have been recommended by city staff. More free legal aid and rent help and better information around evictions and tenant rights are embraced by the Office of the Housing Liaison and the city’s Multi Service Center in an April 3 letter. In the current fiscal year, $315,000 in city money is going to helping tenants with back rent and other housing costs, and $2 million in federal Covid-relief funds at least temporarily boosted each household’s possible relief to $7,500. The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Harvard social club eviction

Board of Zoning Appeal, 6 p.m. Thursday. The board hears appeals from the owner of a home at 6 Francis Ave. in the Baldwin neighborhood and her evicted tenants: The Fox Club, one of Harvard’s so-called final clubs, which moved in because its own 44 John F. Kennedy St. clubhouse is getting renovated. Zoning for the residential area bars use as a “club, lodge or other fraternal or sororal meeting facility,” and after noise complaints led to an April 24 eviction the matter of fines arose. Homeowner Emma C. Wolbach puts blame on the tenants, who signed a lease promising to follow the law; The Fox Club’s appeal letter doesn’t make any arguments, but “respectfully requests” that fines be paused during the appeal to allow time for the club to find another place to settle. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.


Tobin and Vassall schools plan

Tobin Montessori & Darby Vassall Upper School in-person meeting, 5:30 p.m. Monday. There will be no formal presentation on the $299 million construction, but city and project staff will be available to answer questions and address concerns (which can be submitted in advance to [email protected]). At 450 Concord Ave., West Cambridge, via Construction Gate No. 2 on Concord Avenue.


Charter review continued

Government Operations, Rules & Claims Committee, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday. This committee run by councillor Paul Toner returns to a topic begun June 4: recommendations for changing the city’s charter – the document that defines the structure and some operations of government – and its own recommendations to the full City Council for a future vote by Cambridge voters. The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Micromobility laws for the city

Transportation and Public Utilities Committee, 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday. This committee run by city councillors Joan Pickett and Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler considers a Law Department memo about whether the city can make its own laws around the use of “micromobility” devices such as electric bikes, scooters and skateboards; they’re good in many ways but give anxiety to some seniors, people with disabilities and others. Other departments are expected to offer to insight as well. The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.


Town-gown reports

Economic Development & University Relations Committee, 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday. This committee run by city councillors Paul Toner and Sumbul Siddiqui checks in on what Lesley and Harvard universities and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are doing in, for, with and to the city. The reports went to the Planning Board in February. The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Affordable homeownership plan

Cherry Street housing community meeting, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The nonprofit housing developer Just A Start holds its second meeting about a 100 percent-affordable homeownership development at 35 Cherry St., The Port, a lot given to the city by MIT in 2013 and empty since. The project is under Affordable Housing Overlay zoning. The meeting is at 55 Norfolk St., also in The Port near Central Square, a one-story storefront that Just A Start recently renovated into a Financial Opportunity Center..


Multifamily housing options

Housing Committee, 2 p.m. June 27. This committee run by city councillors Burhan Azeem and Sumbul Siddiqui talks about multifamily housing and gets an update on it from Community Development Department staff. The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Envisioning Mass. Ave. of 2040

Massachusetts Avenue Planning Study Working Group, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 27. The group discuss community feedback on plans for the South-of-Porter-Square study area and hears from experts on what improvements are feasible now and in the future. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Improvements at Danehy Park

Danehy Park Improvement Plan Working Group, 6 p.m. June 27. A look at conditions at the park in Neighborhood 9 – opened more than 30 years ago above landfill – and gathering of ideas, information and feedback about how to make it better. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.