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 —http://www.somervillema.gov/



Zoning in Ward 7 – dates TBD

I will be arranging for some community meetings to discuss specifically zoning areas in Ward 7.

-a- Alewife Brook Pwky: along this Parkway and large

-b- University Zoning

-c- if there are other areas please let me know.

Please check out www.SomervilleZoning.com for night time reading of the proposed zoning overhaul


Community Meeting Clarendon Hill/North St Housing project – Labor Forum – discussion developer team will discuss labor & jobs

When:      Monday, Feb. 5, 6:00pm

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.


Land Use – Committee of the Whole (Aldermen Committee meeting)

The City Administration will introduce the code, provide an overview, and highlight the differences between the proposed 2018 overhaul and the 2015 version.

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

When:     Tue, Feb. 13th, 6pm

Location: Aldermanic Chambers, Somerville City Hall


Finance Committee (Aldermen Committee meeting)- agenda… click here –> http://somervillecityma.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=14&ID=3285&Inline=True

When:     Tue, Feb. 6, 6pm

Location: Somerville City Hall. Aldermen’s Committee Room


Infrastructure work Powderhouse Blvd completed this fall Now need to plan re-paving of Blvd.- Discuss traffic dampening ideas This meeting will be lead by the Director of Traffic & Infrastructure, City Engineer.

When:      Monday, Mar. 12, 6:30pm

Location:  West Somerville Neighborhood School, cafeteria


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.


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

“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.


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


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:


Kind regards,

Katjana Ballantyne

Alderman Ward 7, Somerville

President, Board of Aldermen

e: Katjana@Katjana.org



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