The “missing middle” zoning intended to bring more multifamily housing to the city got a negative recommendation Tuesday from the Planning Board. Members voted 5-3, delivering a blow to the proposal, though it will continue on with a City Council committee hearing at a date yet to be set.
Public meetings this week look at closing Massachusetts Avenue to cars on weekends through September, quick-build bike lanes, millions in infrastructure borrowing, departmental budgeting, “missing middle” zoning, and a tiki bar in Harvard Square, patisserie, Mexican food and more.
Proposed “missing middle” zoning that might bring more multifamily housing to the city will stay with a torn Planning Board for more discussion – yet the fallback would have meant sending the proposal onward with notes on its complexity rather than the usual recommendation or rejection.
‘Missing middle’ zoning asks up to three stories (but don’t expect classic triple-decker in the mix)
A zoning petition looks to create “missing middle” housing including “up to three stories of multifamily housing such as townhouses and three-deckers,” but that does not mean the city can look forward to seeing more of the classic “triple-deckers” that make up much of the local housing stock.
Draper, a Kendall Square engineering innovation company, teamed up with the Cambridge Fire Department for an annual Toys for Tots drive, continuing a 15-year tradition.