Feds Take Step Toward Volpe Center Redevelopment

Yesterday, the federal Government Services Administration (GSA) announced that it was seeking ideas from developers for the redevelopment of the Volpe Center site in Kendall Square.  GSA, which is responsible for managing the federal government’s real estate, intends to transfer a portion of the Volpe Center property to a private developer in exchange for the developer picking up the tab for construction of a new DOT research facility on the existing site.

Redevelopment of the site has been discussed for a long time within the Cambridge community, but this is the most significant step toward redevelopment that we have seen the federal government take so far. I am looking forward to a robust public process that will gather input from residents and the Kendall Square business community. There is immense potential for the under-utilized space at the Volpe Center to be put to positive use.

Consumer Shred Day at Davis Square on Aug 27

The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation is hosting a Consumer Shred Day on August 27 at the Davis Square Farmers Market from 12 pm to 5 pm – across from Flatbreads located at 45 Day St in Somerville. Attendees will be provided educational materials on a variety of consumer issues including: landlord/tenant rights; lemon laws; home improvement contracting; low-cost banking options; protecting against identity theft; managing credit and debt; and more. Additionally, a shred company will donate its time to accept consumer documents for secure shredding and hold a press event with local officials to discuss identity theft prevention.

What: Consumer Shred Day, Davis Square Farmers Market

• There will be a short 30 minute speaking program beginning at 12:30-1pm, concentrating on identity theft prevention and the importance of protecting personal information.
• Van on site to accept documents for shredding from consumers from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

When: Wednesday, August 27 from 12 pm to 5 pm

Where: 45 Day Street, Somerville, MA

 

Grand Junction Summer Ride

The Friends of the Grand Junction group is hosting a sequel to their successful February bike ride on Sunday, August 24. The Bike Tour of the Corridor II: Summer Edition will take off at noon at the BU Bridge, and will follow the route of the future Grand Junction Path from the BU Bridge to the Somerville Community Path connection. There will be multiple explanatory stops along the way, and the tour is open to all. For more details and to RSVP, please visit this link.

Homelessness prevention program now accepting applications

Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (MBHP) is now accepting applications for the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program. Through RAFT, eligible families can apply for funds that can be used to help retain their housing, obtain new housing, or otherwise avoid becoming homeless. For more information on the program, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit the MBHP website.

East Cambridge Movie Night on August 14 Features Raiders of the Lost Arc and Jennie the Juggler

The East Cambridge Business Association will show the movie Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark at the East Cambridge Savings Bank parking lot on 292 Cambridge Street at 7 PM on Thursday, August 14th. The event is part of the City of Cambridge’s Summer in the City cultural program, and will also feature Jenny the Juggler, Boston’s only Female Professional Juggler since 1997. Admission is for free.

Please click here to check out the Summer in the City events calender, and visit this site to learn more about Jenny the Juggler.

 

East End House Summer Block Party August 13

The East End House is hosting a free community celebration on Wednesday, August 13th at 105 Spring Street in Cambridge. The party will feature a BBQ, ice cream sundaes, face painting, a magician, balloon animals, games, a moon bounce, live music and more.

The party is hosted with support by All-Brand New England, the Biogen Idec Blues Band, Cambridge Energy Alliance, Cambridge Fire Department, Cambridge Police Department, Cambridge Public Health Department’s Men’s Health League, CambridgeSide Galleria, East Cambridge Business Association, East Cambridge Planning Team, J.P. Licks, and the Kennedy Neighborhood Council and Community School.

For more information on the block party or about East End House, please contact Tim Severyn, Senior Director of Community Programs, at timothy@eastendhouse.org, 617-876-4444, or visit www.eastendhouse.org.

WHEN: Wednesday August 13, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Rain Date: August 20)

WHERE: in front of East End House, 105 Spring Street, Cambridge, MA 02141 between Fifth and Sciarappa

East end house block party

 

 

Traffic Advisory: Binney Street Lane Closure Starting August 5

The Binney Street Area Infrastructure Improvement Project will be implementing a temporary traffic routing plan on Binney Street between Lane Boulevard and Second Street. The temporary traffic plan will start on Tuesday, August 5th and last for several weeks. This will result in the reduction of travel lanes to one lane in each direction on Binney Street from Lane Boulevard to Second Street. Please visit the project website for more information.

Traffic Advisory July 31: Alewife Brook Parkway Lane Closure

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will be conducting drainage work along the Alewife Brook Parkway at Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge on Thursday, July 31 from 9 PM until approximately 5 AM on Friday, August 1. This will result in the closure of one lane in each direction along Alewife Brook Parkway, prior to Massachusetts Avenue. The Massachusetts State Police will have a detail on site to assist with traffic flow.

Mayor Maher’s Allston Street Fire Relief Fund

The City of  Cambridge and Mayor David Maher have created a Fire Relief Fund for the nine families that were displaced by the devastating fire that ripped through three homes on Allston Street during the early morning hours of Sunday, July 27th. Thankfully, no injuries were reported, but the majority of the residents displaced were renters that do not have insurance to recover their loss.

Please visit this page if you wish to contribute to the relief fund set up to help these displaced families get back on their feet. Donations can also be made by check to “The City of Cambridge Mayor’s Fire Relief Fund”. Checks can be mailed to or dropped off at:

Cambridge City Hall
c/o Finance Department
795 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

North Point Park and Playground Closed on July 29 and July 30

The following press release is from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. – Tim

DCR Recreational Advisory:

WHAT: The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will close the spray park and playground at its North Point Park facility in Cambridge on July 29 and July 30 for repair and maintenance work. The playground and spray deck will reopen to visitors on Thursday, July 31, 2014

WHEN: Tuesday, July 29 and Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WHERE: DCR’s North Point Park Playground and Spray Deck, Museum Way, Cambridge

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