[act-ma] Planning Board Public Hearing on FOREST CITY Zoning Petition: Tuesday, January 8; 7:00 p.m. (Broadway at Inman; 2nd floor)
James in Cambridge
tompaine at hotmail.com
Sat Jan 5 13:32:29 PST 2013
FOREST CITY RATNER (MIT) -- BASED IN CLEVELAND, OHIO -- WANT TO CHANGE THE ZONING
AT THE "ALL ASIA" BLOCK ON MASS AVE IN CAMBRIDGE (NEAR MIT), SO THEY CAN BUILD
A GIANT BUILDING FOR "LAB AND OFFICE" USE FOR THE BIGGEST BIO-TECH COMPANY IN JAPAN.
WHAT'S HAPPENING TO THE MASS AVE CORRIDOR?? TO CENTRAL SQUARE?? COME TO THIS
IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEARING, THIS COMING TUESDAY AT THE CITY HALL ANNEX, AT BROADWAY
& INMAN STREETS (2nd floor).
[You can use the above link to find the CDD "Planning Board" page, and their link to the actual "text" of the
"revised" Forest City Zoning Petition for the All Asia Block, including the proposed "Community
Benefits Agreement," a ploy Forest City Ratner used with considerable success when pushing
through their Atlantic Yards plan (including the recently opened "Barclays [Libor?] Center") in
Brooklyn. (See: http://www.brooklynmatters.com/ )
p.s. NB: The supposedly "revised" MIT Petition for Kendall Square is scheduled for a Public
Hearing at the Planning Board for Tuesday, January 15. ]
CITY OF CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS P L A N N I N G B O A R D CITY HALL ANNEX, 344 BROADWAY, CAMBRIDGE, MA 02139 General Business items may be taken out of the order in which they appear on the agenda above. Times for General Business items are approximate. Public comments are taken only during a Public Hearing. During the discussion and deliberation on General Business items, the Planning Board does not solicit public comment. The City of Cambridge will provide reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities upon request. Please make requests for alternative formats at least two weeks in advance by contacting the Planning Board staff listed below. For further information concerning this agenda, please contact Liza Paden, Planning Board staff, at 617 349 4647, lpaden at cambridgema.gov. Applications and Petitions are online at www.cambridgema.gov/cdd. AGENDA
Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Second Floor Meeting Room
City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Cambridge, Massachusetts
1. Board of Zoning Appeal Cases
2. Update, Brian Murphy, Assistant City Manager for Community Development
3. Adoption of the Meeting Transcript(s)
7:20 p.m. Forest City Petition to extend the Cambridgeport Revitalization Development District (CRDD) from Green Street to Massachusetts Avenue in the area adjacent to Blanche Street, and to amend Article 15.000 of the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Cambridge to increase the total allowed development in the CRDD Zoning District and to increase allowed building heights in specific areas of the district north of Green Street.
The petition also proposes other text changes to Article 15.000, including the following substantive changes: changes regarding required retail use on Massachusetts Avenue, changes regarding the applicability of Section 11.200; changes regarding the applicability of Large Project Review procedures and established Design Guidelines; changes regarding the applicability of Section 19.59 Open Space; and clarification of the applicability of Bicycle Parking requirements. Included with the petition is a Letter of Commitment describing the commitments and conditions Forest City will make, upon ratification of the zoning petition, with respect to (a) monetary contributions for public benefits that will mitigate the impact of the project on the community, (b) preservation of existing affordable housing, and (c) the creation of 20 new units of affordable housing.
Bike Parking Zoning Discussion
Election of Planning Board chair
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