Before a tree-cutting moratorium went into place in 2019, the pace of felled trees seemed to accelerate; while it’s not so simple for multimillion-dollar construction, developers, city councillors and Planning Board members are all trying to figure out how a lab- and office-space moratorium affects business as usual.
An affordable-housing project that will overlook Danehy Park won praise from members of the Planning Board on Tuesday. One member called it a “poster child” for new Affordable Housing Overlay zoning that reduces the power of the board in refining projects before they’re built.
Planning officials voiced serious misgivings last week around the specifics of the Affordable Housing Overlay, which so far underlies three projects making their way through Cambridge’s permitting process. But they acknowledged that they were forced mainly to watch with concern.
The $900,000-per-unit cost of rebuilding Jefferson Park public housing stems partly from extraordinary factors such as bidding and wage requirements for public agencies, the large number of family-sized units, deteriorated utilities and hazardous materials at the site an analysis shows.
Tucked away in the wilds of Cambridge – near Alewife – lies what is essentially the local ninja training center. The building is due to be torn down to become lab space, though, and neither kung fu nor sword skills can hold off the bulldozers. A development moratorium might.