Central Square Advisory Committee – City of Cambridge, MA
CENTRAL SQUARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE
~ AGENDA ~
Tuesday May 25, 2021 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Virtual meeting organized via Zoom Overview
The Central Square Advisory Committee is appointed by the City Manager to undertake all
project reviews of deviations and special permits for activities in the central plaza overlay
District, and monitor the progress of the 2013 central plaza non-zoning recommendations
K2C2 study. This meeting will be held in accordance with the provisions set out in Article 20.300 of the
The committee meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Members of the public can watch and
participate in the hearing via Zoom.
When: May 25, 2021 6:00 p.m. EST (US & Canada) Topic: Central Square Advisory Committee
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II. Presentation / discussion
A. Community Planning Division (CDD) – Update on the Public Space Laboratory) – The Community Planning Division
is creating the Public Space Lab, an initiative to cultivate
participatory public spaces that support authentic community life, in a spirit of partnership
and experimentation. With the support of the community, the Lab will develop temporary space interventions
in the city’s commercial squares and corridors to meet, play, play and relax,
among other uses. This meeting will take stock of the initiatives of the Public Space Lab
and their relevance to Central Square
B.48 Pearl St – The owners of 48 Pearl Street offer to renovate the existing structure as
• Widen the existing connector between the main single-family home and the garage towards
Franklin Street and increase its height to allow access to the basement, first floor and garage
of the connector structure.
• Replace the existing main house on the roof, which houses the staircase leading to the roof terrace,
with a new pavilion to build a safer access staircase. No modification of the roof terrace is
offers. The replacement main house will be in a location similar to the existing one. The owners
wish to retain the use of the structure as a single-family residence.
The following special permits are sought.
• Connector expansion in side yard setback in accordance with section 20.304.4
• Replacement of the main pavilion in the side yard setback in accordance with section 20.304.4
• Height of replacement pavilion in accordance with section 20.304.2
• Reduced open space according to section 20.304.4
III. Public comment
A. Public comments will be open after the CSAC presentation and comments.