Monthly Archives: June 2011

Lechmere Station Design Workshop Tonight

Kennedy Longfellow School, Cambridge – map

As a part of the Green Line Extension, Lechmere Station will be moved to the opposite side of Monsignor O’Brien Highway. Tonight at the Kennedy-Longfellow school, MassDOT officials will be on hand to discuss issues surrounding the design of the new Lechmere station. Its placement on the opposite side of the O’Brien highway raises a number of questions, including how best to configure pedestrian access to and from the station and East Cambridge, and what the future of the existing Lechmere station will be.

If you are interested in engaging in a dialogue with MassDOT and your neighbors about this important part of our community, please consider attending. I hope to see you there!

Time: 6-8pm, June 29th
Location: Kennedy-Longfellow School
158 Spring Street, Cambridge

Overnight Memorial Drive Lane Closures Starting June 26th

Please be advised that the Massachusetts Department of Transportation will be beginning overnight work on the Magazine Beach pedestrian bridge replacement project starting June 26th. This work will require Memorial Drive to be closed to both eastbound and westbound traffic between Magazine Street and the rotary at the Reid Overpass between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. Nightly closures will continue through June 30th.
Traffic traveling eastbound on Memorial Drive will be detoured at Magazine Street to Granite Street. Traffic traveling westbound on Memorial Drive will be detoured northbound onto Brookline Street and directed westerly to Putnam Avenue in order to access Magazine Street back to Memorial Drive. Please see the map below for the detour routes:

Bottle Bill Hearing to be Held July 20th

State House, Boston – map

There is good news for the many of you that have called, emailed, and wrote to me in support of the updated Bottle Bill. The bill (H.890/S.1650) will be heard by the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy on Wednesday, July 20th at 10:00 a.m. in the Gardner Auditorium at the Massachusetts State House. This is a positive development for the future of this bill, and I believe that we will see a strong show of support for this common-sense legislation.

Any member of the public will be able to give oral or written testimony in support or opposition of the Bottle Bill at this hearing. If you have questions about this process, please contact my State House office at 617-722-2380 and my staff will assist you.

MassDevelopment Loans Boost Economic Development in Cambridge and Somerville

MassDevelopment, a quasi-public agency tasked with stimulating development and eliminating barriers to economic growth within Massachusetts, has recently provided businesses in Cambridge and Somerville with multi-million dollar loans and a multi-million dollar lease in attempts to spur development and job growth.

In Cambridge, MassDevelopment has issued $343,485,000 in bonds on behalf of the Broad Institute which will be used to build and furnish a 250,000 square foot, 12 story building which will house both laboratory space and administrative offices. The new building will be built adjacent to the Broad Institute’s existing building in Kendall Square.

In Somerville, MassDevelopment has provided a $3.5 million loan to the real estate affiliate of PSG Framing to purchase 130 Broadway and relocate to Somerville from South Boston.

MassDevelopment has also issued a $15 million lease on behalf of Hallmark Health Systems, a community-based non-profit providing health services to Boston’s northern suburbs. Hallmark Health Systems will use the proceeds from the lease to purchase medical, surgical, and patient monitoring equipment, as well as computer equipment, furnishings, and renovations.

For more updates on economic growth and development efforts in Cambridge and Somerville, please check my community blog periodically. I feel that it is important to keep the community up to date on the ways in which public officials are shaping our neighborhoods, and I welcome your feedback.

Water Main Break Disrupts Water Supply for Cambridge Residents

Cambridge officials are responding to a water main break that occurred near the intersection of Trowbridge Street and Broadway. Please seek an alternate route if you plan on travelling through this area as a large portion of Broadway between Ellery Street and Ware Street has been closed to traffic and pedestrians. The City of Cambridge is preparing to temporarily switch to the MWRA water supply to restore water to those who have seen their water supply disrupted.

Please stand by for more information.

City Seeking East Cambridge Transportation Study Participants

Please take a moment to read the following information about the transportation study, and if possible, consider participating:

Dear Neighbor,

The City of Cambridge is conducting a research study to better understand the
transportation needs of its residents. We are currently surveying your neighborhood –

Your participation is completely voluntary, but we are hoping you will be willing to contact us because
the more feedback we have, the more confident we will be that the findings of the study are accurate and
representative for your neighborhood.

Please be assured that if you choose to participate in the study, which is being conducted over the telephone by professionally trained research interviewers from WB&A Market Research (, your responses will be completely confidential. The results will be analyzed for the neighborhood as a whole; no one will ever see your individual responses.

IF YOU ARE ABLE TO HELP WITH THIS PROJECT, please contact us at 1-800-593-1102 ext 119 and say that you are calling about the East Cambridge Survey.

Thank you in advance for your input and support of this important research study!

MassDOT to Hold Public Meeting to Discuss Grand Junction Feasibility Study

Morse School, Cambridge – map
Please see the invitation below for information about an upcoming meeting to discuss MassDOT’s Grand Junction Commuter Rail feasibility study:

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is pleased to invite all interested stakeholders to a community meeting to discuss progress on the Grand Junction Commuter Rail Feasibility Study.
This meeting will be held:
Thursday, June 16, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Morse School – Auditorium
40 Granite Street, Cambridge
The purpose of this meeting is to discuss an ongoing study of the potential use of the Grand Junction Railroad for supplemental MBTA Commuter Rail service to Cambridge and North Station.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts recently purchased Grand Junction Railroad from CSX Transportation in order to preserve this valuable corridor for transportation use. MassDOT is evaluating the feasibility, benefits, and impacts of running a branch of the Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail line from Allston, through Cambridge and Somerville, to North Station in Boston.
At this meeting, MassDOT staff members will discuss existing and future conditions along the corridor, other proposed uses of the corridor (including a shared-use path and the Urban Ring), proposed alternatives to be evaluated, and environmental review. In the fall, MassDOT will hold a meeting in the community to present the results of the evaluated alternatives.
All are welcome at the meeting, and please feel free to share this notice. For more information, or to request alternative language or other special accommodation, please contact Matthew Ciborowski at, or (617) 973-7180.