Construction Announcement: Sixth Street Road Closure – Begins Apr. 22

The following announcement is from Chris Neil, the Community Relations Manager for the City of Cambridge Deptartment of Public Works. – Tim

Location and Impact:

Sixth Street will be closing between Cambridge Street and Otis Street from both directions during general working hours. Abutters will maintain access.

Dates:

Beginning April 22, 2014 and continuing for about 2 weeks.

Description of Activity:

As part of the mitigation plan for the private development project at 22 Water Street, the developer, in collaboration with the City of Cambridge, will enhance the drain system on Sixth Street from Cambridge Street to Otis Street. The work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, April 22 and is expected to be completed within 2 weeks.

During this work, Sixth Street will be closed between Cambridge Street and Otis Street from both directions during general work hours, but abutters will maintain access. General work hours will be from 7AM to 4PM, Monday through Friday. “No Parking” signs will be posted in advance of construction.

Please be sure to check posted signs for exact date and times. The two handicap parking spaces that are currently located in the work area will be relocated within the same block on Sixth Street, between Cambridge Street and Otis Street.

Notices were distributed to area residents earlier this morning. If you have any questions about the work, please reach out to the City of Cambridge Department of Public Works on their Twitter feed @CambridgeDPW, visit their Facebook page, or contact my staff on 617-722-2380.

Two More GLX Sound Barrier Meetings Next Week

Faithful readers of the blog already know about the next week’s Green Line Extension noise barrier meetings for neighbors living near the new Lechmere and College Ave. stations. Just in case you missed it, here’s the details:

  • Lechmere Station, serving the Glass Factory Condominiums, North Point, and East Cambridge: February 4, 6:00-8:00pm, Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center (41 Second St., Cambridge)
  • College Avenue Station, serving Tufts University and South Medford: February 5, 6:00-8:00pm, St. Clement School (579 Boston Ave., Medford)

Please come if you can!

Green Line Extension Seeks Public Art for New Stations

The Green Line Extension is seeking public art submissions for its first three stations.

The Green Line Extension is seeking public art submissions for its first three stations, including the redesigned Lechmere station. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

The first three stations on the new Green Line Extension—Lechmere, Union Square, and Washington St.—are approaching the 60% design threshold, and now, MassDOT is looking for local artists to help make these stations beautiful. Artists are encouraged to submit their designs for public art at the new Green Line stations, and everyone who’s interested should strongly consider attending a prequalification/information session on Thursday, February 6 at 5pm at the GLX Project Office (100 Summer St., Suite 250, Boston). You can read the full Request for Qualifications here.

All applicants will need to apply through MassDOT’s online platform. All submissions are due by noon on Thursday, February 20. With the vibrant arts communities in Cambridge and Somerville, I know our local artists will come up with some brilliant designs!

 

Celebrate MLK Day with Free Admission at the MFA

The MFA is offering free admission from 10am to 4:45pm on Monday, January 20

The MFA is offering free admission from 10am to 4:45pm on Monday, January 20. Image via Museum of Fine Arts.

To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Museum of Fine Arts is offering free admission all day long on Monday, January 20. In addition to the Gauguins, Sargents, and van Goghs, visitors to the MFA on Monday will find a community arts showcase, hands-on art-making activities for kids, and famous civil rights speeches recited by local teenagers, entertainers, and even a former American ambassador. All of this is yours to enjoy, free of charge, on the day when we remember a man whose work transcended a nation and reminded us of our shared humanity.

 

Two Green Line Noise Barrier Meetings This Week

The site of the forthcoming Washington St. station on the Green Line Extension, near Washington St. and Joy St. in Somerville.

The site of the forthcoming Washington St. station on the Green Line Extension. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

This week, the MBTA continues its series of public meetings regarding noise barriers on the new Green Line Extension. The next two meetings focus on the neighborhoods surrounding the Washington St. and Gilman Square stations, affecting neighbors in Winter Hill, Prospect Hill, and East Somerville.

The Washington St. meeting takes place on Tuesday, January 14, from 6:00-8:00pm at the Holiday Inn (30 Washington St., Somerville). The Gilman Square meeting is scheduled for the following night, Wednesday, January 15, from 6:00-8:00pm at the Armory (191 Highland Ave., Somerville). As always, you can find more detailed information about the Green Line Extension here.

Buses Only on Longfellow Bridge This Weekend

An 1871 work by Cantabrigian Winslow Homer, subtitled

An 1871 work by Cantabrigian Winslow Homer, subtitled “Oh, Ain’t It Cold!” Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Temperatures are expected to rise this weekend as the polar vortex remembers why it’s called a “polar” vortex in the first place. That’s good news for the folks working on the Longfellow Bridge, because they’ll be working hard this weekend during one of the project’s planned service diversions.

As with previous weekend diversions, the only motorized vehicles allowed on the bridge will be MBTA buses running between Kendall and Park St. stations. The detours for motorists remain the same. Here’s a map of those detours, and you can always find more resources at MassDOT’s Longfellow Bridge page.

Green Line Extension Neighborhood Meetings Start January 8

A map of the upcoming Green Line Extension public meetings. Image via MassDOT.

The Green Line Extension will run through some of the most densely populated neighborhoods in our Commonwealth, and the MBTA is looking for your input regarding noise mitigation. With that in mind, the first of six neighborhood meetings will be held from 6:00pm-8:00pm on January 8 at the Somerville Holiday Inn (30 Washington St., Somerville).

Each meeting will focus on the neighborhoods surrounding a single Green Line Extension station, with the first meeting zeroing in on Inner Belt, Brickbottom, and Union Square. I’ll be reminding neighbors of each meeting as it approaches, but here’s the full schedule:

  • Union Square Station, serving Union Square, Brickbottom, and Inner Belt: January 8, 6:00-8:00pm, Somerville Holiday Inn (30 Washington St., Somerville)
  • Washington Street Station, serving Prospect Hill and East Somerville : January 14, 6:00-8:00pm, Somerville Holiday Inn (30 Washington St., Somerville)
  • Gilman Square Station, serving Winter Hill: January 15, 6:00-8:00pm, Center for the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave., Somerville)
  • Lowell Street & Ball Square Stations, serving Magoun Square: January 22, 6:00-8:00pm, Center for the Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave., Somerville)
  • Lechmere Station, serving the Glass Factory Condominiums, North Point, and East Cambridge: February 4, 6:00-8:00pm, Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center (41 Second St., Cambridge)
  • College Avenue Station, serving Tufts University and South Medford: February 5, 6:00-8:00pm, St. Clement School (579 Boston Ave., Medford)

If you have any questions about which meeting you should attend, please contact MassDOT at info@glxinfo.com

Cambridge After-School Programs Win Additional Funding

City Sprouts teaches kids about nutrition and biology by helping them grow their own vegetables.

City Sprouts teaches kids about nutrition and biology by showing them how to grow their own vegetables, like these peppers from the Cambridgeport School. Photo by Kristen Emack via Cambridge Day.

Christmas came early for Cambridge’s City Sprouts and East End House after-school programs. Both groups recently received five-figure “quality enhancement” grants from the Commonwealth’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The money is intended to fund an expanded menu of STEM-focused service-learning summer programs and to expand the amount of time our kids spend learning outside the classroom.

Congratulations to everyone at City Sprouts, East End House, and their partners at the Cambridge Public School District—you continue to make us proud every single day.

 

Green Line Extension Small Business Event Tomorrow

The Green Line Extension is committed to working with small and disadvantaged businesses. Visit tomorrow's informational meeting at 10 Park Plaza in Boston to learn more

The Green Line Extension is committed to working with small and disadvantaged businesses to build and redesign seven stations, including Lechmere. Visit tomorrow’s informational meeting at 10 Park Plaza in Boston to learn more. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

The Green Line Extension is an enormous project, and the work will include everything from demolition to electrical, plumbing to roofing, concrete, steel, glass, track, HVAC and more. The MBTA has pledged to work with locally owned small businesses and DBEs for the Green Line Extension, and tomorrow, local business owners can meet face-to-face with the MBTA and the project’s general contractor at a meeting at MassDOT headquarters (10 Park Plaza, Boston) from 3:30-5:30pm.

To attend, interested contractors and vendors must register by emailing Mark Smith at WSKdbe@jfwhite.com. The Green Line Extension is an incredible business opportunity for workers and businesses in Cambridge and Somerville, and I strongly encourage all interested contractors to attend.

MBTA Seeking Volunteers for Green Line Construction Working Group

The MBTA is looking for a few good neighbors to help on the GLX project.

Mayor Curtatone speaks as Governor Patrick and others look on at last year’s Green Line Extension groundbreaking ceremony. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

The MBTA is putting together a panel of citizens to advise on the final design and construction issues associated with the Green Line Extension. Members of the panel—known as the Construction Working Group—will represent their neighborhoods and serve as a communications link between neighbors and the T.

Since this initiative is all about neighborhood engagement, the Construction Working Group is seeking applicants who live within a mile of the Green Line Extension. The Group’s seats will be apportioned based on the Green Line’s new stops, with one representative each from the neighborhoods surrounding Lechmere, College Ave., and Union Square stations (Gilman Square and Ball Square will be represented by two seats each).

The Working Group will meet every few months to make sure the Green Line Extension construction happens as smoothly as possible. To apply, just fill out this form and send it to Regan Checcio by Friday, December 13.