Sullivan Courthouse CPB Hearing Postponed, City Council Order!

Sullivan Courthouse CPB Hearing Postponed, City Council Order!

Sullivan Courthouse Special Permit Hearing Continued…City Council policy order.

The City Planning Board hearing for the special permit 288 of Leggat McCall has been continued.

A new date has not yet been scheduled. I'll keep you posted.

A couple of hours later… Councilors Carlone, Mazen, McGorvern, and Toomey have prepared an order to be voted on at the next city council on March 17th, 2014, supporting the East Cambridge community effort to bring the Sullivan Courthouse inline with the neighborhood by substantially reducing the height and bulk of the building. I'll quote the order:

"""
That the city Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on the status of the First Street Garage RFP process; and be it further that the City Council go on record to indicate that it will not simply consider whether the RFP's agreed-upon price represents the fair market value of the city-owned parking spaces in the First Street Garage, but rather, the City Council will listen closely to the overall concerns of the East Cambridge residents and consider the overall impact of the Sullivan Courthouse redevelopment project in order to determine whether the developer's proposal will lead to the greatest public benefits that can be obtained from the City property in question, pursuant to chapter 2.110 of the Cambridge Municipal Code; and be it further that the City Council go on record to strongly encourage DCAMM and the developer to work together in an expeditious and creative fashion to substantially reduce the height, traffic, and environmental impacts of the developer's proposal so as to gain community support and resolve the great uncertainty that now surrounds the project
"""

This draft policy order is very good and I, as well as a lot of Cantabridgians I'm sure, appreciate the strongly worded support of the City Councilors and hopefully on March 17th the vote, on this order, of the City Council will be unanimous.