Meeting Updates by Somerville Ward 7 Alderman Katjana Ballantyne

Good afternoon,

There are many important upcoming meetings which I’d like to highlight in this email. Note “community meetings” (don’t appear on the city website), so I try to include those I believe are of interest to constituents based on their input. You’ll find many in this email, however not all.
For a full listing of all official “Aldermen meetings” which are typically held up at city hall, please check the city website for times and locations –

1- Land Use — Committee of the Whole; ongoing discussion regarding Union Sq rezoning. Click link for the agenda
When: Wed. Apr. 12, 6:00pm

Location: Somerville City Hall, Aldermanic Chambers

2- Planning Board written commentary open until April 20th – opportunity to lend share your views about Affordable Housing – should Developer Federal Realty Group be granted a waiver to built 20% affordable housing units, and instead build 12.5% on their next housing project of 500 units. Send your emails to
When: Deadline April 20th

3- Housing & Community Development Committee – agenda will be posted here…

Note one of the discussion topics is regarding Tufts University work in Medford to convert wood frame house which operate as offices to undergraduate residential housing.
When: Mon. Apr. 24, 6:00pm

Location: Aldermen’s Committee Room, Somerville City Hall

4- Open Space, Environment & Energy Committee Meeting – discussion, agenda to be posted

When: Mon., May 1, 6:00pm

Location: Aldermen’s Committee Room, Somerville City Hall

5- Infrastructure work Powderhouse Blvd this summer in to fall – meeting to be informed re: relining sewer main, potential streetscapes, bike lanes, cross walk at West Somerville Neighborhood School, street repaving etc… – This meeting will be lead by the Director of Traffic & Infrastructure, City Engineer to discuss upcoming work and plans for Powderhouse Blvd.
When: Mon., May 15, 6:00pm

Location: West Somerville Neighborhood School, cafeteria

6- Powderhouse Redevelopment abatement, demolition and construction update.
The developer MarKa has chosen Essex Builders to manage and construct the project. Project Superintendent is Stephen Rostanzo. His email is, cell is 781-603-5856. If you have any questions or concerns you may contact him directly.
It looks like the Powderhouse construction 3-week look ahead can be found at:
Kind regards,
Katjana Ballantyne 

Alderman Ward 7, Somerville

Vice President, Board of Aldermen

m: 617-440-4433

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