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Coming Events

Following are tables containing links to a selection of coming public events that relate to transportation, development, land use, environment, and public health in the Somerville region. Following the tables are links to source pages.

This is a living document. My intention is to update this document weekly and to augment these entries with links to supporting material. Please check back from time to time for changes. If you know of any other events or sources to add, please pass them on to webmaster at whyisthisimportant.net and I will roll them into a coming version.


Selected Coming Events, July 13 - July 19, 2009
Meeting
Information
Notes
Ball Square T-Stop Community Corridor Planning Meeting

Tues. July 14, 6 PM

Nathan Tufts Field House
Powderhouse Square
Somerville MA (map)

List of Meetings (PDF)

This important event is sponsored by the Somerville Community Corporation (SCC) as an opportunity for citizens to have input into the Green Line Extension to Somerville and Medford. Matters of interest:
  • Status of Green Line Extension to Ball Square
  • Implications for economic development
  • Implications for environmental improvement.

See:

Metropolitan Area Planning Council Data Day Conference

Wed. July 15 8:30 AM

Curry Student Center
Northeastern University
(map)

Registration Form

Agenda (PDF)

This important event is sponsored by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to provide information on what planning information is provided by the Commonwealth and how to access it.
  • Data sources for public health effects of VOCs in I-93 and McGrath corridors.
  • Data sources for economic development along Green Line.
  • Data sources for transportation development impact equity.

See MetroBoston DataCommon.

EPA New England Mystic River Steering Committee Meeting

Wed. July 15, 9:00 AM

Main Conference Room
Century Bank
400 Mystic Ave.
Medford MA (map)

Agenda (PDF)

This is the regular meeting of the Federal EPA committee on the Mystic River. Matters of interest:
  • Mystic River environmental status
  • Status of Combined Sewer Overflow mitigation

See EPA New England - Mystic River.

Somerville Traffic Commission Meeting

Thurs. July 16, 6 PM

Traffic & Parking
133 Holland St.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the regular meeting of the Somerville Traffic Commission. This provides an opportunity to remain informed on traffic issues in Somerville. Matters of interest:

  • Traffic mitigation along I-93 and McGrath Highway from Assembly Square retail.
  • Traffic along Somerville Avenue near Porter Square from new hotel development.

See Somerville Traffic and Parking.

Lowell St. T-Stop Community Corridor Planning Meeting

Thurs. July 16, 6 PM

Community Room
Visiting Nurses Association
259 Lowell St.
Somerville MA (map)

List of Meetings (PDF)

This important event is sponsored by the Somerville Community Corporation as an opportunity for citizens to have input into the Green Line Extension to Somerville and Medford. Matters of interest:
  • Status of Green Line Extension to Lowell Street
  • Implications for economic development
  • Implications for environmental improvement.

See:



Selected Coming Events, July 20 - July 26, 2009
Meeting
Information
Notes
Assembly Square Public Advisory Committee Meeting

Mon. July 20, 6:00 PM

Federal Realty Investment Trust
5 Middlesex Ave. Suite 401
Somerville MA (map)

This important event is sponsored by Federal Realty, the chief developer of the new Assembly Square mixed use development. Matters of interest:
  • Urban design and site plan for 10 M s.f. Long Term Vision for Assembly Square
  • Implications for transit-oriented mixed use development.

See:

Transportation and Infrastructure Trends in Somerville

Tues. July 21, 6:30 PM

Cafeteria
Capuano Early Childhood Center
150 Glen St.
Somerville MA (map)

This important meeting, sponsored by the City of Somerville, provides an opportunity for citizens to learn about and give their views on the transportation options in Somerville. Matters of interest:
  • Orange Line T-Stop at Assembly Square
  • Green Line Extension to Union Square
  • Green Line Extension through Somerville to Medford

See Somerville Strategic Planning Office: Transportation and Infrastructure

Somerville Bicycle Committee Meeting

Tues. July 21, 7:00 PM

Basement Floor Conf. Room
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the regular meeting of the Somerville Bicycle Committee. Issues to monitor are:
  • Bicycle path past the IKEA in Assembly Square.
  • Extending the Community Path from Cedar Street toward Boston along the railroad right-of-way.

See Somerville Bicycle Committee.

Assembly Square Access Improvement Public Hearing

Thurs. July 23, 7 PM

Cross Street Senior Center
165 Broadway
Somerville MA (map)

Hearing Notice (PDF)

This is a public hearing to be held by the MassHighway regarding the Assembly Square Access Improvement Project. This provides an opportunity for citizens to learn about and comment on the transportation around the Square. Matters of interest:

  • Roadway and signal improvements within Assembly Square and on Mystic Ave., Lombardi, Broadway, and Route 28.
  • Easements and land acquisitions.
  • Bicycle lanes in the affected areas.
  • Comments from now until July 18 will be available at the hearing.
  • Comment period 10 days after hearing.
Design Review Committee Meeting

Thurs. July 23, 6:30 PM

3rd Floor Conf. Room
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the regular meeting of the Somerville Design Review Committee. Issues to monitor are:
  • Assembly Square Development
  • Boynton Yards/Brickbottom Development
  • Union Square Development
  • Somerville Avenue Development

See Somerville Design Review Committee.

Union Square T-Stop Community Corridor Planning Meeting

Sat. July 25, 10 AM

Boys and Girls Club
181 Washington St.
Somerville MA (map)

List of Meetings (PDF)

This important event is sponsored by the Somerville Community Corporation as an opportunity for citizens to have input into the Green Line Extension to Somerville and Medford. Matters of interest:
  • Status of Green Line Extension to Union Square
  • Implications for economic development
  • Implications for environmental improvement.

See:



Selected Coming Events, July 26 - August 2, 2009
Meeting
Information
Notes
Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership Meeting

Mon. July 27, 7 PM

Community Room
Visiting Nurses Association
259 Lowell St.
Somerville MA (map)

The monthly meeting of STEP provides an opportunity for citizens to get informed and involved in transportation developments around Somerville. Matters of interest:
  • Orange Line T-Stop at Assembly Square
  • Green Line Extension to Union Square
  • Green Line Extension through Somerville to Medford
See Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership (STEP)

 

Inner Belt / Brickbottom T-Stop Community Corridor Planning Meeting

Wed. July 29, 6 PM

Holiday Inn
30 Washington St.
Somerville MA (map)

List of Meetings (PDF)

This important event is sponsored by the Somerville Community Corporation as an opportunity for citizens to have input into the Green Line Extension to Somerville and Medford. Matters of interest:
  • Status of Green Line Extension to Brickbottom
  • Implications for economic development
  • Implications for environmental improvement.

See:



Selected Coming Events, August 3 - August 9, 2009
Meeting
Information
Notes
Transportation and Infrastructure Trends in Somerville

Tues. Aug. 4, 6:30 PM

Tufts Admin. Building (TAB)
167 Holland St.
Somerville MA (map)

This important meeting, sponsored by the City of Somerville, provides an opportunity for citizens to learn about and give their views on the transportation options in Somerville. Matters of interest:
  • Orange Line T-Stop at Assembly Square
  • Green Line Extension to Union Square
  • Green Line Extension through Somerville to Medford

See Somerville Strategic Planning Office: Transportation and Infrastructure

Gilman Square T-Stop Community Corridor Planning Meeting

Wed. Aug. 5, 6 PM

Community Room
Pearl Street Park
238 Pearl St.
Somerville MA (map)

List of Meetings (PDF)

This important event is sponsored by the Somerville Community Corporation as an opportunity for citizens to have input into the Green Line Extension to Somerville and Medford. Matters of interest:
  • Status of Green Line Extension to Gilman Square
  • Implications for economic development
  • Implications for environmental improvement.

See:

Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Wed. Aug. 5 , 6:00 PM

Aldermanic Chamber
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the regular meeting of the Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals. Issues to monitor are:
  • Assembly Square Development
  • Boynton Yards/Brickbottom Development
  • Union Square Development
  • Somerville Avenue Development

See Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals.

Planning Board Meeting

Thurs. Aug. 6, 6:00 PM

Aldermanic Chamber
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the regular meeting of the Somerville Planning Board. Issues to monitor are:
  • Assembly Square Development
  • Boynton Yards/Brickbottom Development
  • Union Square Development
  • Somerville Avenue Development

See Somerville Planning Board.



Selected Coming Events, August 23 - August 29, 2009
Meeting
Information
Notes
Housing Trends in Somerville

Tue. Aug. 25, 6:30 PM

Tufts Admin. Building (TAB)
167 Holland St.
Somerville MA (map)

This important meeting, sponsored by the City of Somerville, provides an opportunity for citizens to learn about and give their views on housing issues in Somerville. Matters of interest:
  • Assembly Square Development
  • Boynton Yards/Brickbottom Development
  • Health issues along I-93 and McGrath from VOCs.
  • Health issues along diesel commuter rail lines from VOCs.

See Somerville Strategic Planning Office: Housing Programs and Services .



Selected Coming Events, Sep. 14 - Sep. 20, 2009
Meeting
Information
Notes
Land Use Trends in Somerville

Mon. Sep. 14, 6:30 PM

Cafeteria
Capuano Early Childhood Center
150 Glen St.
Somerville MA (map)

This important meeting, sponsored by the City of Somerville, provides an opportunity for citizens to learn about and give their views on land use in Somerville. Matters of interest:
  • Assembly Square Development
  • Boynton Yards/Brickbottom Development
  • Union Square Development
  • Somerville Avenue Development

See Somerville Strategic Planning Office: Planning and Zoning.



Selected Coming Events, Sep. 21 - Sep. 27, 2009
Meeting
Information
Notes
Housing Trends in Somerville

Tue. Sep. 22, 6:30 PM

Cafeteria
Capuano Early Childhood Center
150 Glen St.
Somerville MA (map)

This important meeting, sponsored by the City of Somerville, provides an opportunity for citizens to learn about and give their views on housing issues in Somerville. Matters of interest:
  • Assembly Square Development
  • Boynton Yards/Brickbottom Development
  • Health issues along I-93 and McGrath from VOCs.
  • Health issues along diesel commuter rail lines from VOCs.

See Somerville Strategic Planning Office: Housing Programs and Services .



Selected Coming Events, Sep. 28 - Oct. 4, 2009
Meeting
Information
Notes
Land Use Trends in Somerville

Mon. Sep. 28, 6:30 PM

Tufts Admin. Building (TAB)
167 Holland St.
Somerville MA (map)

This important meeting, sponsored by the City of Somerville, provides an opportunity for citizens to learn about and give their views on land use in Somerville. Matters of interest:
  • Assembly Square Development
  • Boynton Yards/Brickbottom Development
  • Union Square Development
  • Somerville Avenue Development

See Somerville Strategic Planning Office: Planning and Zoning.

 


Source Pages

Following is a list of sources for this information:

14-Jul-2009