Wednesday, June 29, 2016

ABC holds its summer meeting, quick wrap-up

A Better Cambridge held its summer meeting at the Senior Center in Central Square last night, with Alex Twining and Bob Flack of Twining Properties talking about their project at Mass + Main.

Jesse Kanson-Benanav talks to another full house at an ABC meeting

It's a presentation Twining has given before, so people familiar with the project will already know about their desire to think about housing along Bishop Allen Drive, but community outreach will play a big role in their strategy going forward.
Alex Twining presenting on Mass + Main
They shared some of the complexities of their project, including the challenges of coordinating with the city of Cambridge on their underground parking, which has to be situated such that massive flood storage tanks can be located nearby. Other engineering challenges include avoiding the Red Line tunnels, which run under Massachusetts Avenue. The building does represent many retail possibilities on the ground floor, and their partnership with Graffito should be helpful in finding the right mix for that.

Also on last night's agenda was Patrick Barrett, who is proposing zoning changes for Central Square based on the C2 recommendations, an idea that ABC will examine further as we move through the summer.
Patrick Barrett talking about his zoning ideas for Central Square

Finally, ABC head Jesse Kanson-Benanav spoke about his recent trip to Colorado to attend the YIMBY (Yes In My BackYard) conference, which he described enthusiastically and showed a video.