Katjana Ballantyne Alderman Ward 7, Somerville President, Board of Aldermen:Important Upcoming Meetings

There are many important upcoming meetings which I’d like to highlight in this posting. 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 posting, 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 —http://www.somervillema.gov/

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Community Meeting Clarendon Hill/North St Housing project – Urban Design & traffic/parking impacts

When:      Monday, Jan. 29, 6:30pm

Location:  West Somerville Neighborhood School, cafeteria

Note additionally….

The Clarendon Hill/North St. Public Housing tenants know as Clarendon Residents United (CRU) do frequently have tenant association meetings which involve discussion with their lawyers, organizing mentoring from CAAS, Developer Team plus many other topics. These meetings are internal Tenants Association meetings. Unless CRU invites us to them I do NOT post their tenant association meetings on this email list.

These meeting should not be confused as community meetings.

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Land Use – Committee of the Whole – 2 Public Hearings

(1) Requesting an amendment to Zoning Ordinance Article 7 to institute a study period to review recreational marijuana facilities prior to permitting them.

(2) Requesting the adoption of a zoning amendment to Amend Article 16 to establish that owners or developers of future PUD projects may not seek a waiver of any change to affordable housing requirements.

Link to agenda –> http://somervillecityma.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=14&ID=3267&Inline=True

When:     Tue. Jan. 30, 6pm

Location: Aldermanic Chambers, Somerville City Hall

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Land Use – Committee of the Whole – The Administration has officially submitted the proposed Zoning Overhaul to the Board of Aldermen. For an introduction by administration staff to the drafting technique, document structure, and other technical items related to the proposed ordinance come to this meeting.

All details for proposed new zoning can be found … https://www.somervillezoning.com/

When:     Wed, Jan. 31, 6pm

Location: Aldermanic Chambers, Somerville City Hall

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Legislative Matters, Committee of the Whole – some proposed ordinances deliberation are; demolition, community benefits, USNC resolution. Agenda will be posted no later than Tuesday. Here is link http://somervillecityma.iqm2.com/Citizens/Calendar.aspx

When:     Thu, Feb. 1, 6pm

Location: Aldermanic Chambers, Somerville City Hall

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Infrastructure work Powderhouse Blvd completed this fall Now need to plan re-paving of Blvd.- Expect meeting in  Mar 2018 to solicit feedback & incorporate community ideas on plan. This meeting will be lead by the Director of Traffic & Infrastructure, City Engineer.

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Empty Lot Teele Sq. TBD (estimating March) – Currently the property owner is working with traffic consultant. It is taking a bit longer than expected. Will keep you updated.

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Powderhouse Redevelopment Project – Here is the update from Steven Azar, Director of Development, MarKa

“We want to take this opportunity to update our neighbors on the Powder House for Somerville project located at 1060 Broadway in Somerville.

This community-based project is on track to revolutionizing the way public/private developments can unite our community through architecture, landscape and art while elevating the quality of life for everyone. Much is going on behind the scenes between our stakeholders and all is coming together better than ever anticipated.

PROJECT UPDATE:

Exploratory demolition and remediation commenced in February of 2017 and continued through July of 2017. The only way to understand the complexities of the building structurally, seismically and environmentally was to dissect it. This greatly informed the design process. The design process concluded with a full architectural set later than originally anticipated in mid-December 2017. Kaplan is currently pricing the set with the subcontractor community.

Construction is on track to commencing in late winter 2018.

Construction is scheduled to conclude summer 2019.

More announcements to come! As always, we encourage all to keep the dialogue open with us. I am personally here to openly discuss the project any time with anyone.

For more project information, please visit our website at: http://www.markacommunities.com/powderhouse

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The developer MarKa has chosen Kaplan Construction

Project Executive: Nate Peck, Cell: 617-719-4960, Project Manager: Barry Markham, Cell: 617-678-1153

It looks like the Powderhouse construction 3-week look ahead can be found at:

http://www.kaplanconstructs.com/portfolio/project/powder-house/

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Kind regards,

Katjana Ballantyne

Alderman Ward 7, Somerville

President, Board of Aldermen

e: Katjana@Katjana.org

m: 617-440-4433

Committees:

-Finance

-Housing & Community Development

-Legislative Matters

-Open Space, Environment & Energy

-Youth Services

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