Alewife Study Group > other Alewife events > late 1999, Linear Park zoning Search 

Linear Park zoning proposal comparisons

Proposed Special District 2N, North Cambridge, MA
Industry A-1 District - City Council Petition - Brown Petition

(This page created Jan. 8 2000)

One end of the Linear Park is adjacent to the W. R. Grace site.
The Brown Petition was proposed by a group of property owners near the Linear Park.

Prepared by Lester Barber, Cambridge Community Development Dept.
57 Inman Street, Cambridge, MA. 02139, 617/349-4657, FAX 617/349-4669

This information provided by a group of concerned Linear Park neighbors.

Zoning Provision Existing Industry IA-1 District Current City Council Petition: Former Planning Board Recommendation (Special District 2 - Residence B Base) Brown Petition: Proposed by Property Owners (Special District 2- Residence C-1 Base)
       

Affected Area

Industry A-1 District at Linear Park: Massachusetts Avenue to W. R. Grace property.

Entire existing IA-1 district.

Most of existing IA-1 district.

Retains a portion of the IA-1 district along Harvey Street at western end.

       

Residential Density

1 unit/1200 sf for new construction (old Residence C-1 density)

1 unit/900 sf for conversion of an existing building.

1 unit/2500 sf (Residence B density)

1 unit/1500 sf (new Residence C-1 density)

       

Height

45 feet

35 feet

45 feet with a 45 degree bulk control plane at any front yard and Linear Park property lines, beginning at a 35 foot cornice height.

       
  Existing Council Brown
       

FAR

1.25 (1.62 for housing with inclusionary bonus)

0.5 (0.65 with inclusionary bonus) for new construction, or FAR of existing building (if demolished) up to a maximum of 0.75, whichever is greater; existing buildings may be reused and GFA added to the interior without limit for residential uses.

0.9 (1.17 with inclusionary bonus) for all uses; existing buildings may be reused and GFA added to the interior without limit for all uses.

       

Setbacks

Front Yard: None

Side Yard: H+L/7*

Rear Yard: H+L/5*

*For residential uses in new structures and for non residential uses abutting residences, residential districts, open space districts or facilities; reduced to 10 feet by special permit.

Front Yard: 15 feet

Side Yard: 7.5 feet, total of 20 feet

Rear Yard: 25 feet, increasing to 35 feet for lots 140 feet deep.

Front Yard: 10 feet or H+L/5

Side Yard: 7.5 feet or H+L/7

Rear Yard: 15 feet or H+L/4.

       

 

 

  Existing Council Brown
       

Uses

Townhouse development and multifamily housing; office and R&D uses; most retail uses by-right or special permit; most light industrial uses by-right or by special permit.

Townhouse development and multifamily housing; professional and general offices, arts and craft studios, and commercial greenhouses in existing non residential structures.

(All other uses allowed in the Residence B district also allowed in the SD-2)

Townhouse development and multifamily housing; normally exempt educational and religious uses and vocational schools not otherwise exempt; all office and R&D uses; manufacturing of consumer goods sold on the premises; commercial greenhouses; printing shop; arts and craft studios; manufacturing of electronic and other instruments; storage warehouse.

Additionally allowed by special permit: primary and secondary school not exempt by statute; convenience and general retail stores; wholesale business and storage.

(All other uses allowed in the Residence C-1 district also allowed in the SD-2)

       

Special Permit Threshold for Housing

12 or more dwelling units

6 or more dwelling units

12 or more dwelling units

 

  Existing Council Brown
       

Special Provisions

 

Existing non residential structures may be converted to residential use at a rate of one unit per 1200 square feet of building area.

 
       
   

Open Space requirement relaxed where a building is converted to residential use.

 
       
   

All requirements of the Residence B district apply unless modified by the Special District 2 provisions.

 
       



Contact the Alewife Study Group, North Cambridge Massachusetts, by email at information@alewife.org