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Agenda
• Welcome & Introductions
• Overview of Recent Development Trends
• Updates on proposed developments:
75 New St., T...
Welcome!
Fresh Pond Residents Alliance.
We are your neighbors:
• Jan Devereux, Lakeview Ave.
• Peggy Barnes Lenart, Fayerw...
What we love…
…and what we don’t love.
Demographic changes since 1980:
Cambridge total population increased 10% --
UP from 95,322 to 105,162
Number of children a...
Development Surge since 2010
EXISTING Residential Base Citywide 2010:
44,000 units (49,000,000 s.f)
NEW units in Alewife/N...
Cambridge Proposed/In Development
Combined
Residential
Commercial Residential Residential & Commercial
Sq Ft Units Sq Ft S...
Completed, In Construction, Permitted or
Permitting 2011-2013 (3 years)
North Point
Central Square
Osborn Triangle
Kendall...
What’s Missing & Overlooked?
• Affordable housing….
– Inclusionary zoning = 630 units since 1995
– Lost to expiring use: W...
Park 87, New St (54 units)
603 Concord Ave/Wheeler (108 units)
Atmark, 70 Fawcett St (427 units)
160 Cambridge Park Dr. (398 units)
165 Cambridge Park Dr. (244 units)
Vox 2, former Faces (227 units)
Alewife Brook Reservation
A Unique Political Moment?
• 4 new City Councillors (Dennis Carlone, Marc
McGovern, Nadeem Mazen & Dennis Benzan)
• New Ci...
Who calls the planning shots?
The City Manager (appointed by Council)
• Appoints Planning Board (volunteers)
• Directs CDD...
9 Elements of a Master Plan (MA 81-D)
• Goals & policies as basis for decision making
• Land use (density/intensity vs. ca...
75 New St (93 units proposed)
Easily accessible to the T?
Impact on Sozio Rotary?
Tokyo: Be careful what you wish for?
Tokyo/307 FPP (20 units proposed)
40 Micro-units w/o parking on JFK St.
World’s Most Opinionated Zip Code:
It’s your turn to weigh in on what you
see happening, and what you want to
for the futu...
Calls to Action
• Sign Dennis Carlone’s petition for master plan.
• Attend 4/8 planning board hearing for 75 New
St. (spea...
Fresh Pond Residents Alliance, March 24, 2014
Fresh Pond Residents Alliance, March 24, 2014
Fresh Pond Residents Alliance, March 24, 2014
Fresh Pond Residents Alliance, March 24, 2014
Fresh Pond Residents Alliance, March 24, 2014
Fresh Pond Residents Alliance, March 24, 2014
Fresh Pond Residents Alliance, March 24, 2014
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Presentation to neighborhood residents group in Cambridge MA on development and urban planning/design in the Fresh Pond-Alewife area of Cambridge MA.

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Fresh Pond Residents Alliance, March 24, 2014

  1. 1. Agenda • Welcome & Introductions • Overview of Recent Development Trends • Updates on proposed developments: 75 New St., Tokyo (307 FPP), 57 JFK St. • Discussion & Questions • Calls to Action
  2. 2. Welcome! Fresh Pond Residents Alliance. We are your neighbors: • Jan Devereux, Lakeview Ave. • Peggy Barnes Lenart, Fayerweather St. • Jay Yesselman, Vassal Lane • Lisa Camacho, Corporal Burns • Terry Drucker, Chilton St. • Ann Sweeney, Lakeview Ave
  3. 3. What we love…
  4. 4. …and what we don’t love.
  5. 5. Demographic changes since 1980: Cambridge total population increased 10% -- UP from 95,322 to 105,162 Number of children ages 0-19 decreased 18% -- DOWN from 20,987 to 17,307 Number of children 10-19 decreased 28% DOWN from 13,426 to 9,706 As % of population, the biggest losses were: kids ages 10-19 (-34.5%) & seniors 70+ (-15%).
  6. 6. Development Surge since 2010 EXISTING Residential Base Citywide 2010: 44,000 units (49,000,000 s.f) NEW units in Alewife/N. Cambridge since 2010: 826 built + 1,626 proposed = 2,502 new units +6% to base in this area alone since 2010. About 2.5m s.f. will be added with these projects.
  7. 7. Cambridge Proposed/In Development Combined Residential Commercial Residential Residential & Commercial Sq Ft Units Sq Ft Sq Ft Existing Citywide 2010 34,838,609 44,000 49,000,000 83,838,609 Proposed/In Development North Point 2,185,000 3,247 3,247,000 5,432,000 Central Square 227,500 2,100 2,100,000 2,327,500 Osborn Triangle 1,528,200 891 890,500 2,418,700 Kendall Square 7,000,000 1,500 1,500,000 8,500,000 Alewife 1,474,600 1,727 1,727,000 3,201,600 Total Proposed/In Development 12,415,300 9,465 9,464,500 21,879,800 % Increase Proposed/In Development 35.6% 21.5% 19.3% 26.1% Over 2010 Existing Development
  8. 8. Completed, In Construction, Permitted or Permitting 2011-2013 (3 years) North Point Central Square Osborn Triangle Kendall Square Alewife Residential Sq Ft Completed or Permitted or in Construction Permitting Total % of 2030 2011-2013 2011-2013 2011-2013 Buildout 851,000 397,000 1,248,000 38.4% 21,000 46,000 67,000 3.2% 0 0 0 0.0% 144 260,000 260,144 17.3% 1,420,000 307,000 1,727,000 100.0% 2,292,144 1,010,000 3,302,144 34.9%
  9. 9. What’s Missing & Overlooked? • Affordable housing…. – Inclusionary zoning = 630 units since 1995 – Lost to expiring use: Walden Park, 700 Huron. – In 2020 Rindge Towers, Briston Arms will expire • Transit-centered housing not a miracle: – “Everyone on bikes!” What about elderly, infirm, winter, and safety of riding in traffic ? – Red Line at capacity now – Buses aren’t immune to gridlock (20 buses:1 train) – Can’t control regional traffic on Rt. 16/Rt. 2CHARLES TEAGUE 2013
  10. 10. Park 87, New St (54 units)
  11. 11. 603 Concord Ave/Wheeler (108 units)
  12. 12. Atmark, 70 Fawcett St (427 units)
  13. 13. 160 Cambridge Park Dr. (398 units)
  14. 14. 165 Cambridge Park Dr. (244 units)
  15. 15. Vox 2, former Faces (227 units)
  16. 16. Alewife Brook Reservation
  17. 17. A Unique Political Moment? • 4 new City Councillors (Dennis Carlone, Marc McGovern, Nadeem Mazen & Dennis Benzan) • New City Manager (Healy out, Rossi in) • Several high-profile projects igniting public concern & interest in planning process: Sullivan Courthouse, Essex St, Foundry, Harvard Sq. micro-units on JFK St. • Neighborhood groups rallying around to press for new master plan (CRA, NAEC, ACN, HSDF)
  18. 18. Who calls the planning shots? The City Manager (appointed by Council) • Appoints Planning Board (volunteers) • Directs CDD planning staff Planning board doesn’t answer to city manager • Hearings, often too late to stop projects • Decisions made piecemeal, project-by-project City Council votes on zoning changes. Residents can petition the Council for an amendment. Council can ask City Manager to initiate new master plan.
  19. 19. 9 Elements of a Master Plan (MA 81-D) • Goals & policies as basis for decision making • Land use (density/intensity vs. capacity/services) • Housing strategies balanced for all citizens • Economic development • Natural & cultural resource protection • Open space protection • Services & facilities forecast • Circulation systems • Implementation: municipal action plan
  20. 20. 75 New St (93 units proposed)
  21. 21. Easily accessible to the T?
  22. 22. Impact on Sozio Rotary?
  23. 23. Tokyo: Be careful what you wish for?
  24. 24. Tokyo/307 FPP (20 units proposed)
  25. 25. 40 Micro-units w/o parking on JFK St.
  26. 26. World’s Most Opinionated Zip Code: It’s your turn to weigh in on what you see happening, and what you want to for the future of our area. We make more impact by working together. • Please be succinct and leave time for others. • Respect the diversity of opinion. • We are all still learning!
  27. 27. Calls to Action • Sign Dennis Carlone’s petition for master plan. • Attend 4/8 planning board hearing for 75 New St. (speak or submit comments). Numbers matter. • Talk to us about getting involved in the group. We need your expertise and ideas! • Stay informed and engaged.

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