Public meetings this week look at LGBTQ+ issues, Alewife zoning and development, the use of federal Covid recovery funds, the budget for the next fiscal year, a school district sexual misconduct policy, implementing a 988 crisis line and some food, drink and event issues – including a new bubble tea business for Harvard Square.
The family-run Turkish eatery Lavash Bar & Grille is in a soft opening on New Street with dishes from a classic shish kebabs, islak burger and iskender to mezes such as manti dumplings, sigara borek cheese snacks and kibbeh of ground lamb so perfect and neat it feels like a crime to bite into one.
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.
Public meetings this week look at swearing-in the new City Council and School Committee; ending single-family zoning, building an 100 percent affordable-housing mixed-use project on New Street; tearing down the Garage mall; replacing a Harvard Street apartment building destroyed by a 2020 fire; and more.