[act-ma] CALL TO ACTION, Cambridge: Tell City Council "No to Forest City" and their bio lab proposal
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Wed Feb 20 12:30:43 PST 2013
Contact City Council: No to Forest City
Cambridge Residents Alliance
/Working for a Livable, Affordable and Diverse Cambridge/
City Council Set To Vote On Bio-Lab
At Gateway To Central Square
*CALL TO ACTION*
On Monday, February 25^th , the Cambridge City Council will
consider developer Forest City’s petition to significantly up-zone the
MIT-owned property at 300 Mass Ave. This petition would allow Forest
City to construct a bio-lab that is taller and more massive than
current zoning allows, and increase the creep of bio-labs into
residential neighborhoods. This building would set a precedent for
height and density increases that will sharply change Central Square’s
*WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PROTECT OUR NEIGHBORHOODS? HERE ARE FOUR SUGGESTIONS:*
1. *EMAIL THE CITY COUNCIL* about your concerns (see talking points
below), using all these addresses: council at cambridgema.gov
<mailto:council at cambridgema.gov> (reaches every City Council member
– use subject line “Reject Forest City Petition”);
dlopez at cambridgema.gov <mailto:dlopez at cambridgema.gov> (the City
Clerk for the record); keepcambridgelivable at gmail.com
<mailto:keepcambridgelivable at gmail.com> (so we have a copy).
2. *FORWARD THIS EMAIL* to four friends who live in Cambridge. You can
forward using the box at the bottom of this message.
3. *SPEAK AT THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING*, Monday Feb. 25^th at 5:30 P.M.
You can sign up to speak by calling the City Council Office at
349-4280 on Monday 9AM --3PM, or by signing up at the meeting 5PM--6PM.
*4. MAKE 4 PHONE CALLS*; contact Shelley Rieman (shelleyrieman at gmail.com
<mailto:shelleyrieman at gmail.com>) to take part in our Phone-a-thon.
The Cambridge Residents Alliance is strongly opposed to the Forest
City up-zoning petition for the following reasons:
a) Bio-labs, with their noise and release of fumes, don’t belong near
b) This up-zoning represents many millions in extra profits for the
developer yet ignores the city’s stated need for more housing;
c) There have been no site-specific traffic or parking studies conducted;
d) The Petition reneges on the height agreement Forest City made with
the community and city during the original University Park up-zoning;
e) The City should hold Forest City accountable for the prior commitment
to establish and MAINTAIN the affordable housing that was part of the
original negotiation with the neighborhood. The affordable housing we
fought for back then is at risk;
f) There should be NO significant up-zoning allowed until the city
prepares a citywide study of, and plans for, the massive development now
being projected for Cambridge.
/The Cambridge Residents Alliance//is working for a livable, affordable
and diverse Cambridge. /
/Visit us at CambridgeResidentsAlliance.org/
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Cambridge Residents Alliance
Cambridge, MA 02139
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