Wednesday, July 24, 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.


A rendering of Danehy Park improvements. (Image: Weston & Sampson)

Affordable Housing Trust talk

Housing and Finance committees, noon July 10. These committees run by city councillors Burhan Azeem and Sumbul Siddiqui (Housing) and Patty Nolan and Joan Pickett (Finance) hold a joint hearing to review and discuss the Cambridge Affordable Housing Trust, which preserves and creates affordable homes, and to discuss the city’s relationship with the trust, consider funding priorities and ways to pay for more affordable housing development in Cambridge. The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Improvements at Danehy Park

Danehy Park Improvement Plan Working Group, 6 to 8 p.m. July 11. An in-person brainstorming session to refresh a park opened more than 30 years ago atop landfill. At the Sherman Street entrance (near the playground) of Danehy Park, 99 Sherman St., in Neighborhood 9 just east of Fresh Pond, Cambridge.

Democracy Center landmarking

Historical Commission, 6 p.m. July 11. A series of meetings with displaced tenants of the Democracy Center in Harvard Square, now closed for renovations, seems to have been just the start for the Foundation for Civic Leadership, as now there is a resident petition to initiate a landmark study for the building at 43-45 Mt. Auburn St., which consists of an 1846 double house and 1928 clubhouse addition. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Home conversions, mosque upgrade

Board of Zoning Appeal, 6 to 11:30 p.m. July 11. Office space that already looks like homes at 9-11 Mount Auburn St., Harvard Square, is due to become actual homes – two two-family homes on 22,000 square feet – in a plan by an Andover developer that one real estate tracker shows spent $3.6 million on May 19 in picking up the property from the departing Packard Humanities Institute, a preservation nonprofit in California. A separate developer request is to rework property lines at 25-27 Mellen St. in the Baldwin neighborhood in the conversion of former Lesley University properties to become five homes. There’s also an Al-Amin Islamic Center plan for 378-380 Rindge Ave., North Cambridge, to improve the structure’s use as a mosque, making it more accessible and letting congregants face east and see the imam during prayers, a combination made impossible by the former home’s current layout. The third floor is needed for Arabic studies and overflow space during religious festivals, Al-Amin says. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.