Letter to the Editor:To Alderman Niedergang and other Alderman (cc The Somerville News Weekly and Zone Smart Somerville)

Your constituents have had a few small meetings on this Demolition Review Ordinance, and I want you to know that your tight scheduling has been very harmful to our lives.

I asked Alderman Niedergang to schedule this meeting in September, so that we could properly organize the community for this public meeting, and ensure others could attend.  But instead Alderman Niedergang scheduled it on July 9th, and we cannot organize in that time frame, especially with so many families away for the Summer.

I respectfully request that this is in fact moved to September, to allow us to organize a petition and awareness on this very significant matter.

I also bring your attention to the attached lawn sign that we want to invest in (costing thousands of dollars), so that citizens are made aware of the significant effects of this deceptive ordinance.  This sign will not be made in time to properly allow your constituents to become aware of this meeting, or it’s significance.

Please confirm this will be moved to September for transparency and process to occur.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in the transparent process.

Dr. Mouhab Z. Rizkallah


Below is a letter from Alderman Niedergang to Dear Dr. Rizkallah:

Jun 14, 2018

Dear Dr. Rizkallah,

I have scheduled a Public Hearing at a Legislative Matters Committee of the Whole meeting on the proposed revised Demolition Delay Ordinance for Monday, July 9 at 6 PM.  The Board of Alderman may also deliberate if there is time on the ordinance following the public hearing. There are likely to be other matters on the agenda as well.



Mark Niedergang

Ward 5 Alderman

29 Conwell Street

Somerville MA 02143

(617) 629-8033




One thought on “Letter to the Editor:To Alderman Niedergang and other Alderman (cc The Somerville News Weekly and Zone Smart Somerville)”

  1. Our BOA is supposed to do the people’s business. Instead they walk all over us, providing little notice, virtually no transparency, and push their personal agendas. Just like they were ‘shocked’ people did not get behind the transfer tax – demonstrates precisely how OUT OF TOUCH they are. Then they unanimously support it anyway. There are enough of us old timers who still live in this city and we will be sure to run candidates that do the peoples business or at least show a modicom of respect to the people who invested in Somerville before it was ‘trendy’ and are now being given the shaft. Not ALL owner occupants ARE exempt from the transfer tax, and 3rd units in RB to become NR will not be allowed. The restrictions are onerous and prohibit everything that would create additional housing space. Where are the housing advocates??!!! The city is eliminating a couple thousand or more units that could be built – I guess housing advocates don’t see the need in this ‘housing crisis’. Are you all paid so well by the Mayor that you support his agenda regardless of what it does to the renters in this city? A great deal of housing could be created if the City were to promote building a unit onto single and 2 families in RB zone now – enough units that it would ease the housing crisis and perhaps prevent the continuing escalation of rental rates. The city definitely is running the Mayor’s agenda meant to make the mayor look great and screw everybody else, specifically property owners and renters.

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