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North Cambridge Stabilization Committee

Next meeting - Tuesday, September 10 2002

Location: 2050 Mass. Ave. Senior Center
Time: 7:00 pm


Out of deference to the events of 9/11, the NCSC will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, 10 September at the 2050 Mass Ave Senior Center starting at 7:00 PM.

Dick Clarey will chair the meeting.

The agenda will include:

White Hen Pantry Seating: The White Hen Pantry on Mass Ave (on Day Street) has applied for a license to have indoor and outdoor seating. We will ask them to discuss their plans with the Committee (and any interested neighbors) as such a change in use could have an impact on the folks who live in the area. We will also discuss existing issues with the White Hen Pantry to include noisy equipment and the terms of their last license.

Trolley Square: The City is moving ahead to put a 20-unit housing project with minimal (if any) ground level retail/community space at the corner of Mass Ave and Cameron. Many local residents have expressed concern that yet one more housing project with ground-level residential will make this section of Mass Ave still less attractive for businesses and pedestrians (as opposed to the portion of Mass Ave between Harvard and Porter Squares, as an example). Community Development has, thus far, still refused to have more public meetings (as opposed to the City Manager's City Committee meeting in regards to the site) about this project to address neighborhood concerns. The NCSC has written CDD and the City Council asking that this planning process be slowed down to ensure that neighborhood needs are incorporated into any project.

As an aside, sidestreets from Meacham to Milton are having sewer and sidewalk work done. We had hoped that DPW would meet with street residents to discuss the various sidewalk options (brick, concrete, plantings) with the people who live on those streets to try to come up with a neighborhood that's not a hodgepodge of stuff, but instead DPW just put flyers in mailboxes asking if people wanted concrete or brick (and charging 40$ a square yard to replace existing concrete with new brick). It is our hope that we can get the city to put more effort into connecting with area residents and forming streetscapes that look like someone who cared actually planned them. If anyone is interested in working on this issue, email Craig Kelley at

For questions or comments, please contact Craig Kelley at 354-8353.

(Event sponsored - and information provided - by North Cambridge Stabilization Committee,
which is not affiliated with the Alewife Study Group)