Harvard Square Advisory Committee

The Harvard Square Advisory Committee is appointed by the City Manager to undertake all large project reviews and to receive all applications for variances and special permits for activities within the Harvard Square Overlay District.  The Committee meets as needed, on an irregular basis. 

To learn the location of the Harvard Square Overlay District go to the Zoning Overlay Districts Map

Harvard Square Advisory Committee Seeking New Members

The City of Cambridge is currently seeking letters of interest from Riverside, Neighborhood 10, Neighborhood Nine, Agassiz and Mid-Cambridge residents and the Harvard Square Business community who would like to serve on the Harvard Square Advisory Committee. 

Advisory Committee Members

  • Lauren Curry
  • Alexandria Offiong, Harvard
  • John DiGiovanni
  • Gladys Gifford
  • Allison Crosbie
  • Kari Kuelzer
  • Matt Simitis
  • Bridget Dinsmore
  • Maximilian Frank
  • Frank Kramer

Advisory Committee Meeting Dates, Agendas and Meeting Minutes

The Harvard Square Advisory Committee meets on an as-needed basis.

Date  Agenda  Minutes 
November 15, 2012:
57 JFK Street
Agenda  57 JFK Street Report
January 27, 2014:
11 Dunster Street
• Agenda
• 11 Dunster Street BZA Application
11 Dunster Street Plans
• 11 Dunster Street Report
June 10, 2015:
1350 Massachusetts Avenue
Agenda
1350 Massachusetts Avenue BZA Application Part 0
1350 Massachusetts Avenue BZA Application Part 1
1350 Massachusetts Avenue BZA Application Part 2
1350 Massachusetts Avenue BZA Application Part 3
1350 Massachusetts Avenue BZA Application Part 4
1350 Massachusetts Avenue BZA Application Part 5
1350 Massachusetts Avenue BZA Application Part 6
1350 Massachusetts Avenue BZA Application Part 7
1350 Massachusetts Avenue BZA Application Part 8
1350 Massachusetts Avenue BZA Application Part 9
1350 Massachusetts Avenue BZA Application Appendix
• 1350 Massachusetts Avenue Report
June 22, 2015:
81-93 Mt. Auburn Street
• Meeting Notice
• 81-93 Mt. Auburn Street BZA Application
• 81-93 Mt. Auburn Street Floor Plan
• 81-93 Mt. Auburn Street Storefront Photo
• 16-18 Eliot Street BZA Application
• 16-18 Eliot Street Historical Commission Certificate of Appropriateness
• 16-18 Eliot Street Plans
August 3, 2015
28 JFK Street
• Meeting Notice
• Floor Plan
• BZA Application
• Historical Commission Application

Harvard Square Advisory Committee meetings are also listed on the citywide Calendar of Events.

For More Information

For more information about the Harvard Square Advisory Committee, please call Liza Paden at 617/349-4647 or email lpaden@cambridgema.gov

Harvard Square Documents  and Information

Harvard Square Conservation District and Neighborhood Conservation Districts

The Harvard Square Conservation District is administered by the Cambridge Historic Commission

Neighborhood conservations districts, or NCDs, recognize the particular design qualities of distinctive neighborhoods and encourage their protection and maintenance.  NCDs located in or near the Harvard Square Overlay District include the Half Crown-Marsh Neighborhood Conservation District and the Mid-Cambridge Neighborhood Conservation District

To contact the Cambridge Historical Commission, call 617/349-4683.