The Sullivan Courthouse -- A Call to Action

The Sullivan Courthouse -- A Call to Action

The Sullivan Courthouse -- Repeating the same mistakes

This post is a call to action to make sure the same mistake is not repeated. The Sullivan Courthouse is the agenda of the Planning Board next Tuesday March 4th, 2014.

Once more East Cambridge, and Cambridge at large, is going to bear the brunt of the terrible and misguided special permit request by Legget McCall for the reuse of the Sullivan Court House. The proposal by Leggat McCall would transform the Courthouse into an 450,000 soft office building with an addition 24 1000 sqft 2 bedrooms residential units. The redevelopment would bring an additional 2,500 commuter into East Cambridge on a daily basis. To achieve this Leggat McCall will increase the height of the current building from 280 to 325 feet and would re-skin the building in glass. You can see details of their proposal at

http://www.40thorndike.org

This development and decisions which will ensue could influence similar proposal in the rest of Cambridge. For example, what has been floated by Twining Properties, a 28 stories tower of residential apartments in Cenral square. The main reasons for opposing the current proposal for Sullivan Courthouse would be the same for any neighborhood where project of this size would be considered: traffic, parking, noise, light, …. We therefore think all the denizens of Cambridge are affected by proposals of this kind. And that together, we should raise our voices and make sure the City understand our concerns as a community rather than just a neighborhood. During the election campaign a number of candidates call for a wholistic approach to development. A number of them even expressed support for a one-year moratorium on all large schale up-zoning while a city wide plan accurately assesses livability impact of any up-zoning. We therefore think it is important for all the resident of Cambridge to express their concerns with such a project and in this case in particular their opposition.

It is in this spirit that a group of denizens has coalesced around the issue and is now pushing hard to have the Planning Board deny special permit 288.
http://40thorndike.org/ has accumulated all (maybe not all but quite a bit) the available public information regarding the building and permit. I ask you to attend on the 4th of March 2014, at 344 Broadway, 2nd floor, 7pm and voice your opposition to the Leggat McCall special permit 288 request and insist the planning board deny said permit. If you cannot join us please send your comment by email, to:

1. the city council: council@cambridgegov.org
2. planning board: lpaden@cambridgegov.org
3. State Senators:
a. anthony.petruccelli@masenate.gov
b. patricia.jehlen@masenate.gov
c. sal.didomenico@masenate.gov

3. State Reps:
a. dave.rogers@mahouse.gov
b. marjorie.decker@mahouse.gov
c. jonathan.hecht@mahouse.gov
d. jay.livingstone@mahouse.gov
e. timothy.toomey@mahouse.gov

Or Sign the Petition at:

http://40thorndike.org/petition

Thank in advance for your time and consideration and more importantly for your help,

Sincerely,

ilan
PS: www.40thorndike.org has letters already sent by members of the group … for inspiration...

ilan