There is an important Ward 1 development going to the Planning Board this Thursday, 6pm in the Alderman’s Chambers at 93 Highland Ave. Federal Realty, the largest developer in the city, is proposing a 500 unit luxury apartment complex in Assembly Row. They are requesting a waiver from the 20 percent affordable housing requirement we as a board fought to implement. They will also be exempt from the jobs linkage fee. I believe it would be a complete injustice if this billion dollar organization was able to skirt our requirements. We do not need any more luxury units in Somerville, we need affordable units. I hope anyone interested in preserving what little affordability we have in this city will attend.