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Fire Delays MLK Jr./Putnam Ave Opening and King Open/Cambridge St. Upper Public Meeting

Last month, the new Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School/Putnam Ave Upper School building in Cambridge suffered a fire that caused significant damage. At the time of the fire, the school was still under construction and was expected to open in the fall. Fortunately nobody was hurt during the fire, but the damage it caused created significant setbacks for the construction team. Despite efforts to keep the project on schedule, it has become clear that it will no longer be possible to open the school in September and the project timeline will need to be revised. It is also possible that the setback at the MLK Jr. School will impact schedules for the King Open School, Cambridge Street Upper School, Valente Library, Gold Star Pool, and Community Complex Project.

As a result, the planned June 11th meeting on the King Open/Cambridge St. Upper Schools and Community Complex Project has been postponed. Once the Martin Luther King Jr. School timeline has been revised, the City will reschedule this meeting. While the delay is unfortunate, it will allow the City to present the most accurate information to the community.

I know that so many in the Cambridge community were looking forward to the new MLK Jr./Putnam Ave school opening this fall and this news is very disappointing. However, I am confident that the City Manager and project team will deliver a new, safe, state-of-the-art school facility to our community as quickly as possible.

If you have questions about this news, please feel free to contact me. I will keep this post updated with new information as it becomes available.

Reminder: Public Meeting on McGrath Boulevard Project this Thursday

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the City of Somerville will hold a second public information meeting for the McGrath Boulevard Project Development this Thursday, May 28th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the East Somerville Community School Auditorium.

MassDOT’s project team will share the ongoing work of the McGrath Boulevard working group in addition to providing a general overview of the progress of project development. The McGrath working group is composed of community residents, municipal staff of abutting cities, business owners, elected officials, and bicycle, pedestrian, and green space advocates. The working groupĀ  has met three times since November, 2014 and is working to reach a preferred alternative for an at-grade boulevard that accommodates bicyclists and pedestrians along the McGrath Highway corridor. Following the presentation, MassDOT staff will facilitate a discussion to hear community comments and questions.

Public Meeting on McGrath Boulevard Project

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the City of Somerville will hold a second public information meeting for the McGrath Boulevard Project Development on Thursday, May 28th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the East Somerville Community School Auditorium.

MassDOT’s project team will share the ongoing work of the McGrath Boulevard working group in addition to providing a general overview of the progress of project development. The McGrath working group is composed of community residents, municipal staff of abutting cities, business owners, elected officials, and bicycle, pedestrian, and green space advocates. The working groupĀ  has met three times since November, 2014 and is working to reach a preferred alternative for an at-grade boulevard that accommodates bicyclists and pedestrians along the McGrath Highway corridor. Following the presentation, MassDOT staff will facilitate a discussion to hear community comments and questions.