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Community Development Department

CITY OF CAMBRIDGE CITY COUNCIL

AGENDA FEBRUARY 12, 2018 Regular Meeting Sullivan Chamber 5:30 PM Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139 HEARING SCHEDULE Monday, February 12, 2018 5:30 PM Regular City Council Meeting (Sullivan Chamber) Tuesday, February 13, 2018 5:30 PM City Council and School Committee will hold a
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Roundtable/Working Meeting to begin discussions on a

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preliminary School Department budget for fiscal year

2019 This meeting will be televised (Henrietta Attles Meeting Room, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 459 Broadway) Tuesday, February 20, 2018 5:00 PM The Housing Committee (Sullivan Chambers) Monday, February 26, 2018 5:30 PM Regular City Council Meeting (Sullivan Chamber) Monday, March 5, 2018 5:30 PM Regular City Council Meeting (Sullivan Chamber) Monday, March 12, 2018 5:30 PM Regular City Council Meeting (Sullivan Chamber) Monday, March 19, 2018 5:30 PM Regular City Council Meeting (Sullivan Chamber) Monday, March 26, 2018 5:30 PM Regular City Council Meeting (Sullivan Chamber) Monday, April 2, 2018 5:30 PM Regular City Council Meeting (Sullivan Chamber) Monday, April 9, 2018 5:30 PM Regular City Council Meeting (Sullivan Chamber) Monday, April 23, 2018 5:30 PM Regular City Council Meeting (Sullivan Chamber) CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF FEBRUARY 12, 2018 Monday, April 30, 2018 5:30 PM Regular City Council Meeting (Sullivan Chamber) Monday, May 7, 2018 5:30 PM Regular City Council Meeting (Sullivan Chamber) Monday, May 14, 2018 4:00 PM 2018 City of Cambridge Scholarship Awards Ceremony
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This ceremony to be televised.

(Sullivan Chamber) Monday, May 14, 2018 5:30 PM Regular City Council Meeting (Sullivan Chamber) Monday, May 21, 2018 5:30 PM Regular City Council Meeting (Sullivan Chamber) Monday, June 4, 2018 5:30 PM Regular City Council Meeting (Sullivan Chamber) Monday, June 11, 2018 5:30 PM Regular City Council Meeting (Sullivan Chamber) Monday, June 18, 2018 5:30 PM Regular City Council Meeting (Sullivan Chamber) Monday, June 25, 2018 5:30 PM Regular City Council Meeting (Sullivan Chamber) Monday, July 30, 2018 5:30 PM Special City Council Meeting (Sullivan Chamber) CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF FEBRUARY 12, 2018

I.
CITY MANAGER'S AGENDA

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1.
A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to the Final Landmark

Designation Report for the Lechmere National Bank building at 225/227 Cambridge Street.

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2.
A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to the Final Landmark

Designation Report for the Hovey Markham Cottages located at 40 and 44 Cottage Street.

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3. Transmitting Communication from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of the FY18 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) STOP Grant for 40,000 received from the Executive

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Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) to the Grant Fund Police Department Other Ordinary

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Maintenance account to provide funds to contract with a civilian advocate to help implement the Police

Department s Trauma Informed approach to policing. CMA 2018 31 4. Transmitting Communication from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of a Sustainable Materials Recovery grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental

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Protection in the amount of 38,800 to the Grant Fund Department of Public Works Other Ordinary

Maintenance Account which will be used toward the purchase of food waste collection bins for the citywide curbside organics program.
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5.
A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report

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Item Number 17-111, regarding the feasibility of implementing neighborways.

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6.
A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report

Item Number 18-02, regarding repairs and maintenance of the elevators at Fresh Pond Apartments.

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7.
A communication transmitted from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report

Item Number 18-01, regarding a report on possibility of a supermarket opening at 20 Sidney Street.

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CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF FEBRUARY 12, 2018

II.
CALENDAR

CHARTER RIGHT

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1.
An application was received from Department of Public Works, Waste Reduction Program

requesting permission for a temporary banner across JFK Street at Mount Auburn Street announcing Citywide Compost Pickup, The banners will be hung from March 5, 2018 thru March 26, 2018.

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III.
COMMUNICATIONS

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1.
A communication was received from Gail Gannon and Family, Thanking the City Council for the

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resolution on the passing of Thomas M. Jake Gannon.

2.
A communication was received from Carla M. Bregman, 14 Athens Street, regarding Skenderian Bike

Path problem.

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3.
A communication was received from Patrick Peterson, 21-1/2 Inman Street, regarding Opposition to

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case L-126, 40 Cottage landmark designation.

4.
A communication was received from Brad Harkavy, 122 Henry Street, regarding historical landmark

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designation of 40 Cottage Street.

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5.
A communication was received from Joseph Poirier, Seattle, WA 98119, regarding Historical Landmark

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designation at 40 Cottage Street.

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6.
A communication was received from Jeffrey Rosenblum, 161 Raymond Street Apt. 3, regarding Case L-

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126-40 Cottage Street Historic Landmark Designation.

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7.
A communication was received from Stephen Oakley, 30 Whitney Avenue, regarding Renovations of 40

Cottage Street.

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8.
A communication was received from Sandy Wells, William Wells and Colleen Gillard, 82 Magazine

Street, regarding 40 Cottage Street, L-126.

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9.
A communication was received from Adriane Musgrave, 48 Haskell Street, regarding Historical

Landmark designation of 40 Cottage Street.

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10.
A communication was received from Annemarie Gray, 40 Cottage Street, regarding Historic landmark

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designation of 40 Cottage Street.

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11.
A communication was received from Robert J. La Tremouille, regarding 190 Allston Interchange

Project.

12.
A communication was received from Jackie King, 40 Essex Street, regarding opposition of historical

landmark designation of 40 Cottage Street. CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF FEBRUARY 12, 2018

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13.
A communication was received from Doug Healy, 36a Rice Street 2, regarding historic landmark

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designation of 40 Cottage Street.

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14.
A communication was received from Charlotte E. Karney, 41 Granite Street, regarding historical

landmark designation of 40 Cottage Street.

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15.
A communication was received from Saul Tannenbaum, 16 Cottage Street, regarding urging rejection of

Historic Commission case L-126.

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16.
A communication was received from Charlotte E. Karney, 41 Granite Street, regarding historic

landmark designation of 40 Cottage Street.

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17.
A communication was received from Benjamin Holt, regarding historical landmark designation of 40

Cottage Street.

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18.
A communication was received from M. Carolyn Shipley, regarding Section 8 tenant, Andrei

Korotounov. CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF FEBRUARY 12, 2018

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IV.
RESOLUTIONS

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1.
Happy 80th Birthday wishes to Patricia Dottin.

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2.
Congratulations to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on being named Massachusetts Alliance of

Portuguese Speakers Person of the Year

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3. Resolution on the death of Benvinda DaRosa.

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4. Resolution on the death of Martha A. Barrell

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5. Happy Birthday wishes to Councillor Sumbul Siddiqui.

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6. Resolution on the death of Sophie Duggan.

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7. Resolution on the death of Mathilde Sheehan.

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8.
Congratulations to Eric Maynard for receiving the Frederick Douglass Isaacs Jr. Lay Leadership

Award.

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CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF FEBRUARY 12, 2018

V.
POLICY ORDER AND RESOLUTION LIST

1. Confer with the dedication Committee to consider a request from Clare Garman for a bench dedication in honor of Helen and Walter Fabianski. Vice Mayor Devereux
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2.
That the City Manager is requested to work with the Community Development Department and the

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Cambridge Public Health Department regarding the current status of zoning language and public health

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regulations for the keeping of hens and food cultivation and proposed next steps to advance the Urban

Agriculture initiative. Vice Mayor Devereux, Mayor McGovern
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3.
That the City Manager is requested to consult with the Department of Public Works to report back to the

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Council on the success of the Polystyrene Ordinance, including implementation, enforcement, and

remaining concerns among the business community.
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Vice Mayor Devereux, Councillor Carlone, Councillor Zondervan, Councillor Siddiqui

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4.
That the City Manager and the Mayor s Office are requested to establish a new working group consisting of a diverse set of stakeholders, including cyclists, drivers, pedestrians, small business

owners, EMS/first responders, and City Officials to discuss the results of the protected bike lane pilot using clear evaluation criteria, and how best to construct a cohesive network in the future. Councillor Mallon, Councillor Kelley, Mayor McGovern

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5.
That the City Manager is requested to create additional opportunities for the community to evaluate and

understand the plan to redesign Inman Square and to provide input, including: walk-in clinics between now and the next community meeting and making more details available online including alternative

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designs considered but deemed unworkable, traffic simulations, and other relevant data or information.

Councillor Zondervan, Councillor Siddiqui

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6.
That the City Manager is requested to contact the Chief Justice of the Housing Court, Timothy F.

Sullivan, and urge him to strongly consider all options for siting the Housing Court in Cambridge, including but not limited to the Juvenile Court located on Third Street.

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Councillor Carlone, Vice Mayor Devereux, Councillor Zondervan, Councillor Siddiqui

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7.
That the City Manager is requested to report on progress and efforts made to date to provide greater

access to internet services citywide for low income residents. Councillor Zondervan, Mayor McGovern, Vice Mayor Devereux, Councillor Simmons

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CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF FEBRUARY 12, 2018

VI.
COMMITTEE REPORTS

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1.
A communication was received from Donna P. Lopez, City Clerk, transmitting a report from

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Councillor Carlone and Councillor Kelley, Co-Chairs of the Ordinance Committee, for an additional

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public hearing held on January 24, 2018 to discuss the Zoning Petition filed by Peter Kroon, et al, to

amend Section 20.50 of the Zoning Ordinance in the Harvard Square Overlay District dated
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CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF FEBRUARY 12, 2018

VII.
COMMUNICATIONS AND REPORTS FROM OTHER CITY

OFFICERS

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1.
A communication was received from Mayor Marc C. McGovern, transmitting an amendment to

committee alignments regarding the membership of the Neighborhood Long-Term Planning; Public

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Facilities, Arts and Celebrations Committee.

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2.
A communication was received from Mayor Marc C. McGovern, transmitting a communication on

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Highlights from School Committee Meeting of February 6, 2018.

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CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF FEBRUARY 12, 2018 LATE RESOLUTIONS TO BE CONSIDERED BY THE CITY COUNCIL CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF FEBRUARY 12, 2018 LATE AGENDA ITEMS REQUIRING SUSPENSION OF THE RULES PER RULE 36A CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF FEBRUARY 12, 2018 APPENDED INFORMATION

AWAITING REPORT LIST

16-26. Report on the possibility of the City Council implementing a zoning change, on the
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permitting of all new restaurants where a wood-fired oven is used as a significant

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method of food preparation. On a communication from Councillor Kelley requesting

that this matter be forwarded to the 2018-2019 Legislative Session. Councillor Carlone, Councillor Devereux, Councillor Kelley (O-5) from 4/4/2016

16-42. Report on plans for the former Riverside Community Health Center on Western

Avenue, including transfer of ownership of the building to the City and the process for determining future usage. On a communication from Councillor Kelley requesting that this matter be forwarded to the 2018-2019 Legislative Session.
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Vice Mayor McGovern (O-1) from 5/2/2016

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16-83. Report on drafting possible legislation and other recommendations for interim actions

to identify and address the public health impacts of any commercial wood-fired

ovens. On a communication from Councillor Kelley requesting that this matter be

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forwarded to the 2018-2019 Legislative Session.

Mayor Simmons (Calendar Item 4) from 10/31/2016

16-101. Report on the potential of building below market rental housing on City-owned parking lots along Bishop Allen Drive. On a communication from Councillor
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McGovern requesting that this matter be forwarded to the 2018-2019 Legislative

Session. Vice Mayor McGovern, Mayor Simmons (O-4) from 12/12/2016 16-108. Report on whether people displaced and qualify for Emergency Status who are using Section 8 in other cities or towns can retain their resident preference for the purpose of Inclusionary Housing. On a communication from Councillor Kelley requesting that this matter be forwarded to the 2018-2019 Legislative Session. Mayor Simmons, Councillor Toomey (O-4) from 12/19/2016 CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF FEBRUARY 12, 2018 17-22. Report on the potential growth of next-generation wireless technology in the City, to include: the expected footprint of citywide coverage from just one company and what

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market competition might produce; the integration of public and private infrastructure

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to support the network; what local standards the City might hope to maintain relative

to aesthetics and safety; and how this new technology fits into our Broadband access

plans. On a communication from Councillor Kelley requesting that this matter be

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forwarded to the 2018-2019 Legislative Session.

Councillor Cheung, Councillor Devereux, Councillor Kelley (O-14) from 2/27/2017

17-33. Report on bringing Massachusetts closer to 100 renewable energy by 2035, and

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ensure that the benefits of renewable energy are realized by Massachusetts residents

from all walks of life and supporting a goal of using 100 clean and renewable energy in Cambridge, including in building energy use and transportation, by 2035. On a communication from Councillor Devereux requesting that this matter be
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forwarded to the 2018-2019 Legislative Session.

Councillor Devereux, Vice Mayor McGovern (O-13) from 4/24/2017

17-53. Report on determining if new facilities are needed by either DPW or CFD to best

carry out their respective missions in the future and, if so, what type of facilities they

would need and how much space that would require and where they might possibly

be located. On a communication from Councillor Kelley requesting that this matter be

forwarded to the 2018-2019 Legislative Session.

Councillor Kelley, Vice Mayor McGovern, Councillor Toomey (O-7) from

6/26/2017 17-60. Report on the feasibility of making the section of Kinnaird Street between River Street and Western Avenue into a one-way. REFERRED BACK TO THE CITY

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MANAGER TO ARRANGE COMMUNITY MEETING ON MOTION OF VICE

MAYOR MCGOVERN ON NOVEMBER 13, 2017 . On a communication from Councillor McGovern requesting that this matter be forwarded to the 2018-2019 Legislative Session. Vice Mayor McGovern, Mayor Simmons (O-4) from 8/7/2017 17-70. Report on the status of the City s plans to review and possibly implement a municipal Broadband system. On a communication from Councillor Kelley requesting that this matter be forwarded to the 2018-2019 Legislative Session. Councillor Kelley (O-22) from 8/8/2017
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17-71. Report on a proposal to design, fund and implement a bike and electric personal

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vehicle transportation study to provide the City with a comprehensive explanation of

who is going where, why and under what conditions via bike or personal electric vehicle. On a communication from Councillor Kelley requesting that this matter be

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forwarded to the 2018-2019 Legislative Session.

Councillor Kelley (O-23) from 8/7/2017 CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF FEBRUARY 12, 2018 17-77. Report on the intersection of Cedar Street and Rindge Avenue with the goal of
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clarifying traffic patterns through the intersection. On a communication from

Councillor Kelley requesting that this matter be forwarded to the 2018-2019 Legislative Session. Councillor Kelley (O-6) from 9/11/2017

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17-82. Report on possible solutions to regulatory or legislative gaps on the local or state

level that would help clarify how emerging types of conveyances can most safely and effectively be incorporated into Cambridge s Urban Mobility planning and infrastructure investments. On a communication from Councillor Kelley requesting that this matter be forwarded to the 2018-2019 Legislative Session. Councillor Cheung, Councillor Devereux, Councillor Kelley (O-15) from 9/11/2017 17-86. Report on the necessary steps to enforce the anti-idling state law in residential areas by the September 25, 2017 City Council meeting. On a communication from Councillor Kelley requesting that this matter be forwarded to the 2018-2019 Legislative Session. Councillor Toomey (O-6) from 9/18/2017
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17-87. Report on a schedule for resubmitting a revised draft of the Outdoor Lighting

Ordinance that incorporates clearer wording and/or more clearly explains each section in less technical jargon and is more coherent in its entirety, with the goal of seeing
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such an Ordinance adopted by the end of this City Council term. On a

communication from Councillor Kelley and Councillor Devereux requesting that this matter be forwarded to the 2018-2019 Legislative Session. LOri Councillor Carlone, Councillor Devereux (O-8) from 9/18/2017

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17-88. Report on providing clarification for the benefit of residents, visitors, and business

owners on how the City views its obligations and constraints regarding marijuana enforcement and regulation. On a communication from Councillor Kelley requesting that this matter be forwarded to the 2018-2019 Legislative Session. Councillor Kelley, Councillor Toomey (O-9) from 9/18/2017 17-95. Report on the status of the all-electric, leaf-blowing park pilot, the effectiveness of the battery-operated equipment, the potential for expanding the all-electric park program, and steps being taken on enforcement and training and to inquire the
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feasibility of requiring or advising landscape companies to provide or require safety

masks for workers. On a communication from Councillor Devereux requesting that this matter be forwarded to the 2018-2019 Legislative Session. Councillor Carlone, Councillor Devereux (O-6) from 9/25/2017 CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF FEBRUARY 12, 2018 17-108. Report on the feasibility of requiring developers to post a signboard at development
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sites requiring Large Project Review or a Special Permit with contact information for

a site manager, a brief description of the project (including whether it is residential, commercial, or mixed-use, and, if residential, the total number of units and
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inclusionary units, an expected completion date, and a rendering of the street-facing

elevation), and a web link where more information is available. On a communication

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from Councillor Devereux requesting that this matter be forwarded to the 2018-2019

Legislative Session. Councillor Devereux (O-2) from 10/16/2017 17-110. Report on the status of the implementation of the EnerGov software across various

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City departments to streamline the permitting process. On a communication from

Councillor Devereux requesting that this matter be forwarded to the 2018-2019 Legislative Sessions. Councillor Cheung, Councillor Devereux, Councillor Mazen (O-5) from 10/16/2017 17-111. Report on the feasibility of implementing neighborways on certain streets in Cambridge, propose two streets to pilot as neighborways, and create a process by which a group of residents can request that their street be considered as future neighborways. On a communication from Councillor Devereux requesting that this matter be forwarded to the 2018-2019 Legislative Session. Councillor Carlone, Councillor Cheung, Councillor Devereux (O-7) from 10/16/2017

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18-1. Report on reaching out to representatives of supermarkets other than Star Market,

such as Market Basket, to determine the possibility of their opening a location at 20 Sidney Street. Councillor Simmons (O-1) from 1/8/2018
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18-2. Report on reaching out to the owner of the Fresh Pond Apartments to inquire as to

what is being done to repair and maintain the elevators in those apartment buildings. Councillor Simmons (O-2) from 1/8/2018

18-4. Report on exploring mechanisms for achieving greater levels of snow clearing by the

city and increase the public response during major snow events or heavy snow winters. Councillor Zondervan, Mayor McGovern, Vice Mayor Devereux (O-5) from 1/22/2018
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18-5. Report on contacting Sira Naturals for the purpose of gathering information regarding

sales figures, customer demographics, and other relevant operational information.

Councillor Mallon (O-6) from 1/22/2018

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18-6. Report on information regarding electronic device usage by City-elected officials.

Councillor Toomey (O-7) from 1/22/2018 CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF FEBRUARY 12, 2018 18-7. Report on the possibility of changing the snow removal exemption to include two and three-family houses. Councillor Toomey (O-1) from 1/29/2018
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18-8. Report on any work that is currently underway regarding regulating adult use

marijuana and to suggest next steps to the Council no later than February 26, 2018.

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Vice Mayor Devereux, Councillor Mallon, Councillor Siddiqui, Mayor

McGovern (O-2) from 1/29/2018

18-9. Report on necessary repairs to the Gold Star Mothers Park and all play and water

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feature, including drainage issues, with an eye towards mitigating the impacts of local

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construction and the development of a plan with the community for improving this

significant piece of open space. Councillor Mallon, Councillor Toomey (O-3) from 1/29/2018
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18-10. Report on creating a list of mitigated meeting and conference room private spaces

that are available to the public, what the exact eligibility of using these spaces is, and making the list available to the public. Councillor Toomey (O-5) from 1/29/2018 18-11. Report on the potential of utilizing trenchless technology, micro tunneling and/or pipe jacking to lessen the time and impact on the residents of Gore Street. Councillor Toomey, Councillor Kelley, Councillor Mallon (O-6) from 1/29/2018

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18-12. Report on maximizing the community benefits from and mitigating the impacts of the

Cambridge Crossing sewer construction. Councillor Zondervan, Councillor Siddiqui, Councillor Toomey (O-8) from 1/29/2018 18-13. Report on efforts to expand the number of electric vehicle charging stations, the
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feasibility of appropriately placing electric vehicle chargers on residential streets

where there is need, the status of possible City fleet replacement to electric vehicles,
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expanded outreach and education on available rebates and incentive programs, and

the feasibility of requiring developers to include a greater number of electric vehicle charging stations in new or substantially renovated multi-unit buildings.

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Vice Mayor Devereux, Councillor Zondervan (Calendar Item 1) from

1/29/2018

18-14. Report on whether the Community Development Department will apply for the

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Targeted Brownfields Assessment Grant regarding Jerry's Pond.

Councillor Kelley, Councillor Siddiqui, Councillor Zondervan, Vice Mayor Devereux (O-1) from 2/5/2018
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18-15. Report on any other relevant City Department to gain a sense of who is purchasing

buildings in Cambridge. Councillor Simmons (O-3) from 2/5/2018 CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF FEBRUARY 12, 2018 18-16. Report on the possibility of reconfiguring the traffic lights and pedestrian signals at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, Prospect Street, and River Street to stop all traffic and allow for an ALL WALK pedestrian signal and further to review improvements to the No Left Hand signage. Councillor Mallon, Councillor Siddiqui (O-6) from 2/5/2018
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18-17. Report on repairing Rufo Road as soon as possible.

Councillor Toomey (O-8) from 2/5/2018 To the Honorable, the City Council: Attached for your consideration is the Final Landmark Designation Report for the Lechmere National
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Bank building at 225/227 Cambridge Street, received from Executive Director of the Historical

Commission Charles Sullivan.

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Very truly yours,

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Louis A. DePasquale

City Manager

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et lan dm ar k d es ign ati on re po rt) FINAL LANDMARK DESIGNATION REPORT Lechmere National Bank Building

225/227 Cambridge Street, East Cambridge, Mass.

The Lechmere National Bank building of 1917 is historically significant for its im- portant associations with the economic history of Cambridge and the prominent busi- ness and political leaders who founded and led the bank, including Otis S. Brown and Fred B. Wheeler, the bank s second and third presidents. The building is also architecturally significant as an important example of Neo-Classi-

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cal commercial architecture in East Cambridge. Landmark designation will protect the

exterior architectural features of the building, guide the owners in appropriate restora- tion methods during the building s conversion for a new commercial use, and ensure the appropriateness of the proposed development of the site. The designation incorporates plans for a new retail addition which can be constructed without further review. Sarah Burks
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I. Location and Status

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Address and Zoning

The Lechmere National Bank building at 225 Cambridge Street ( 227 in the Assessor s data- base) occupies a 17,963 square foot lot (Map 20 Lot 75) on the northeast corner of Cambridge and Third streets. The property is located in a Business A zoning district along Cambridge Street, which abuts a C-1 residential district on Gore Street. The Business A district allows residential or business uses, with a 1.0 FAR and 35 foot height limit for business use. The development parcel includes a second lot (Map 20 Lot 98) at 207-209 Cambridge Street that measures 5,016 square feet and is occupied by a frame mixed use building and concrete block garages. Assessors map, Dec. 2017. The premises to be designated, Map 20 Lot 75, is out- lined in red. Cambridge GIS. Cambridge Zoning Map 1.1.b Packet Pg. 22 A tta ch m en t:

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North side of Cambridge Street looking east. Bank building is at the corner of Third Street in the center of this view.

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B.
Ownership and Occupancy

combined purchase price of 10,175,000. The deeds were recorded in the Middlesex South Reg-

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istry of deeds in Book 65660, Pages 163 and 168 on July 1, 2015. The bank building is built to

the sidewalk on Cambridge and Third streets. A large parking lot is situated behind the bank and to the east is a driveway. The bank lot had curb cuts on Third and Gore streets. The building was occupied until recently by Citizens Bank. The FY18 combined assessed value for both lots and the existing buildings, according to the online assessor s database is 3.09M.
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C.
Area Description

The Lechmere National Bank building fronts on Cambridge Street, the busy commercial artery

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of East Cambridge. Third Street is a major north-south connection between Monsignor O Brien Highway and Kendall Square. This is a high-traffic intersection, while Gore Street, on the prop-

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erty s northern border, is a largely residential street with more local traffic.

The bank sits opposite the imposing Middlesex County Registry of Deeds and Probate Court building that takes up the full frontage of Cambridge Street between Second and Third streets. Built in 1896, the first floor of this monumental red brick building is set high above the street. The Registry s columned temple front may have inspired the classical form of the Lechmere Na- tional Bank building, though on a much smaller, more human scale. The north side of Cambridge between Third and Sciarappa streets consists of an uninterrupted stretch of commercial buildings and terminates with the St. Francis of Assisi church. In contrast, the block between Second and Third streets has many missing teeth where nineteenth century commercial buildings were demolished for parking lots. Many of these demolitions occurred in the 1960s and 1970s. 1.1.b Packet Pg. 23 A tta ch m en t:

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Environs of 227 Cambridge Street Cambridge GIS

Cambridge St. looking west. 207 Cambridge St. (Gould House and Bakery of 1857) at center and 227 Cambridge St. (Lechmere National Bank) marked with arrow at left.

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Lechmere T Station

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D. Context of this Designation Report

Applications to demolish the one-story former Lechmere National Bank building and the three- story Gould House and Bakery at 207-209 Cambridge Street were received on January 11, 2016. The combined lots were proposed for redevelopment with a single commercial building for a
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CVS store and a related parking lot. The applicants requested a continuance and submitted a re-

vised proposal in April 2016 that would have incorporated the bank s south and west walls into the new building. The Cambridge Historical Commission found both buildings to be significant

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and preferably preserved in the context of the proposal, thereby initiating a six-month delay of

demolition. The applicants spent several months meeting with members of the community, primarily through a subcommittee of the East Cambridge Planning Team. In December 2016 they returned with a new design by Prellwitz Chilinski Associates for a mixed-use proposal with first floor retail and

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units of housing on three upper floors. In the context of this design, the Historical Commis-

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sion found 207 Cambridge Street to be no longer preferably preserved. At the same hearing, the

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Commission considered whether to initiate a landmark study, that being the fifth month of the

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six-month demolition delay. The Commission initiated a landmark study for the bank building

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(to be preserved in the new proposal) for the purpose of ensuring an appropriate exterior restora-

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tion. The Commission declined to initiate a landmark study for 207 Cambridge Street. Citizens landmark petitions for both buildings were filed on November 22, 2016 but the Commission s own hearing in December preceded the January hearings on the petitions.

The mixed-use development proposal had the support of the East Cambridge Planning Team, but another group of neighbors objected to the density of the building and the below-grade parking to be accessed from Gore Street. The necessary zoning petition expired and the applicants re-
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turned to the Historical Commission in August 2017 with another design.

The new design by BKA Architects of Boston and Brockton preserves the bank and demolishes the Gould House and Bakery. A one-story addition would be constructed around the bank, which would become part of the selling space for the proposed tenant, a CVS store. The Cambridge Street fa ade of the addition was designed in such a way that it would appear to be four contigu- ous buildings, each with its own storefront and cornice, but only the bank building would incor- porate an active entrance on Cambridge Street. In the context of this design, the Historical Com-
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mission found 207-209 Cambridge Street to be not preferably preserved. Permitting for the pro-

ject is in progress and selective interior demolition of the bank and demolition of the 1961 addi-

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tion at the rear could begin early in 2018.

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July 2017 design by BKA Architects. In August 2017 the CHC found 207 Cambridge Street not preferably preserved in the context of this proposal.

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II.
Description

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Architectural Description

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This one story, 30 high cast stone building has frontage of 27 feet on Cambridge Street and 71 feet on Third Street. The bank entry is flanked by monumental Doric columns and pilasters. The

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base course and door trim are polished Deer Isle granite. A large three-part wood transom is cen-

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tered over the doors. The classical temple design continues on the west side facing Third Street

with four full-height divided-light windows providing light to the banking hall. The east wall, which was once a party wall with another bank building, is windowless. A projecting cornice with a dentil band is topped by a two-course paneled parapet. The bank was designed by archi- tect Thomas M. James and built for Lechmere National Bank in 1917-18. James also designed the East Cambridge Savings Bank at 292 Cambridge Street in 1931. A low addition constructed on the rear (north) wall in 1961 served a drive-in teller and provided an entrance from the park-
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ing lot. This addition was designed by architects Voltz Kimberley.

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South (front) and east elevations, February 2017.

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B. Physical Condition

The bank is in good condition with the exception of water damage to the parapet and cornice,
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which is most evident on the west side. The cast stone, called composite granite in the contem- porary newspaper descriptions, has badly weathered in some areas, but not in a way that impacts

the structural stability of the building. The original incised signs above the entry and along Third Street have been covered with later sign boards. West elevation, November 2017. Cornice deterioration from water damage is evident. South (front) elevation, November 2017. 1.1.b Packet Pg. 28 A tta ch m en t:
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C. Interior

Originally furnished in mahogany and marble, the bank interior was remodeled in 1941 with a new counter, screen, and resilient flooring. Several subsequent remodeling projects resulted in several layers of floor tile and carpet and new teller windows. The coffered ceiling, cornice trim,

and wooden clock above the street entrance appear to be original. The bank s vault also remains in place at the moment, but will be removed as part of the CVS store conversion.

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