Harvard Square Advisory Committee

Description

The Harvard Square Advisory Committee reviews and comments on land use and development proposals in the Harvard Square Overlay District per the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance (Section 20.54).  The Committee conducts Large Project Review consultations and comments on applications for variances and special permits from the Planning Board and Board of Zoning Appeal (BZA), as well as other proposals.  The Committee meets approximately monthly or on an as-needed basis. Harvard Square Advisory Committee meetings are also listed on the citywide Calendar of Events.

View the Harvard Square Overlay District zoning map: https://www.cambridgema.gov/-/media/Files/CDD/Maps/Zoning/cddmap_zoning_overlay_harvard_202102.pdf

View the current membership of the Harvard Square Advisory Committee on the Open Meeting Portal: https://cambridgema.iqm2.com/Citizens/Board/1127-Harvard-Square-Advisory-Committee.

Meeting Dates, Materials, and Committee Reports

Due to statewide emergency orders limiting the size of public gatherings in response to COVID-19, and in accordance with Governor Charles D. Baker's Executive Order of March 12, 2020, temporarily amending certain requirements of the Open Meeting Law, as well as the City of Cambridge Temporary Emergency Restrictions on City Public Meetings, City Events and City Permitted Events Due to COVID-19 amended on October 26, 2020, meetings of the Harvard Square Advisory Committee will be held with remote participation until further notice.

Members of the public can attend the meeting virtually through Zoom Webinar. Members of the public may also provide comments either before the meeting in writing or in real time by attending the meeting.

To register for the Zoom Webinar for the April 29th meeting, use the following link: https://cambridgema.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_P97d5Xj8Q1-ePcdKZJ0vlA.

 
Meeting Date Meeting Materials Meeting Report

April 29, 2021
1290 Massachusetts Avenue - Financial Institution Frontage Special Permit Application

Palmer Street Improvements Presentation

• Meeting Agenda

• 1290 Massachusetts Avenue Planning Board Application Materials

1290 Mass Ave Applicant Presentation

• Palmer Street Improvements Presentation

TBD
March 2, 2021
57 JFK Street - Cannabis Retail Store Special Permit Application

• Meeting Agenda

57 JFK Street Planning Board Application Materials

57 JFK Street Applicant Presentation

57 JFK Street Report
October 2, 2019 
A&T JCuisine - 57 JFK Street - Special Permit Application 
Kung Fu Tea - 1160 Mass Ave - Use Variance
Meeting Notice
A&T JCuisine BZA Application
Kung Fu Tea BZA Application
• A&T JCuisine Report
• Kung Fu Tea Report
May 7, 2019 
31 Church Street - Special Permit Application 
Adult Use Marijuana Retail Store 
Meeting Notice • Report
April 11, 2019 
PB296 Special Permit Amendment - 57 JFK Street

• Meeting Notice
PB296 Special Permit Amendment Application
• Report
 February 19, 2019
Dig Restaurant - 45 Dunster Street/85 Mt. Auburn Street
Meeting Notice
Dig Restaurant BZA Application
Report
 October 9, 2018
Veggie Grill - 57 JFK Street
Meeting Notice
Veggie Grill BZA Application
• Report
 April 11, 2018
Shiru Cafe - One Brattle Square
Meeting Notice
Shiru Cafe BZA Application
One Brattle Square Existing Conditions
One Brattle Square Plans and Elevations
• Shiru Cafe Report
 January 29, 2018
Agenda  
 December 20, 2017
Abbot Buildings - 1-7 & 9-11 JFK Street
 Agenda 
• Abbot Building Planning Board Submission 1/2
• Abbot Building Planning Board Submission 2/2
Abbot Buildings Report
 October 23, 2017
Bon Me - 1350 Massachusetts Ave
Pavement Coffeehouse - 1350 Massachusetts Ave
• Meeting Notice
• Bon Me BZA Application
• Pavement Coffeehouse BZA Application
• Bon Me Report
• Pavement Coffeehouse Report
 September 26, 2017
Salt and Olive - 1160 Massachusetts Ave
Swiss Bakers - 1350 Massachusetts Ave
• Meeting Notice
• 1160 Massachusetts Ave BZA Application
• 1350 Massachusetts Ave BZA Application
• Swiss Bakers Report
 July 10, 2017
Zambrero - 71 Mt. Auburn Street
&pizza - 8 Brattle Street
• Meeting Notice
• 71 Mt. Auburn BZA Application
• 71 Mt. Auburn BZA Application Additional Supporting Statement
• 71 Mt. Auburn Plans 
• 8 Brattle St BZA Application #2
• 8 Brattle St Plans and Elevations
• 71 Mt. Auburn Report 
• 8 Brattle St Report
 May 23, 2017
1158-1160 Massachusetts Ave
• Meeting Notice
• BZA Application
• Plans 
• 1158-1160 Massachusetts Ave Report
 April 19, 2017
&pizza - 8 Brattle St
Order (on exempting rooftop spaces)
• 8 Brattle St - Meeting Notice
• 8 Brattle St - Revised Plans 
• City Council Petition to Exempt Rooftop Spaces from FAR by PB Special Permit
• 8 Brattle Street Report
 March 22, 2017
29 Church Street
8 Brattle Street
• 29 Church St - Meeting Notice
• 29 Church St - BZA Application
CANCELLED
• 8 Brattle St - Meeting Notice
• 8 Brattle St - BZA Application
CANCELLED; WILL BE RESCHEDULED IN APRIL
CANCELLED
 February 15, 2017
98 Winthrop Street
40 Bow Street
• Meeting Notice
• 98 Winthrop St - Healthy Pharms, Inc. Special Permit Application 
• 40 Bow St - BZA Application
• 40 Bow Street Report
 January 9, 2017
Antenna Installation - 51 Brattle Street
IMA Pizza - 1-3, 8 Brattle Street
• Meeting Notice
• 51 Brattle Street Plans - WILL BE HEARD
• 1-3, 8 Brattle Street BZA Special Permit Application - CANCELLED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED
• 1380 Massachusetts Avenue Report 
• 51 Brattle Street Report 
 April 26, 2016
Antenna Installation - One Brattle Square
• CANCELLED
• One Brattle Square Antennas BZA Application
CANCELLED
 February, 22, 2016
39 JFK Street
Sweetgreen Restaurant
• Meeting Notice 
• 39 JFK Street Sweetgreen Restaurant BZA Application 
• 39 JFK Street Report 
 January 4, 2016
2 Arrow Street
Baobao Restaurant
• Meeting Notice 
• 2 Arrow Street BZA Application
• Baobao Restaurant BZA Application
• 2 Arrow Street Report 
• 25 JFK Street/Bao Bao Report
 August 17, 2015
14 Arrow Street
• Meeting Notice
• Plan and Photographs 
• BZA Application
• 14 Arrow Street Report
 August 3, 2015
28 JFK Street
• Meeting Notice 
• Floor Plan
• BZA Application 
• Historical Commission Application
• 28 JFK Street Report
 June 22, 2015
81-93 Mt. Auburn Street
16-18 Eliot 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
• 16-18 Eliot 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
 January 27, 2014
11 Dunster Street
• Agenda 
• 11 Dunster Street BZA Application 
• 11 Dunster Street Plans
• 11 Dunster Street Report
November 15, 2012
57 JFK Street
Agenda 57 JFK Street Report

 

Harvard Square Documents and Information

Harvard Square Conservation District and Neighborhood Conservation Districts

The Harvard Square Conservation District is distinct from the Harvard Square Overlay District and is administered by the Cambridge Historical 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.

For More Information

For more information about the Harvard Square Advisory Committee, please email Sarah Scott at sascott@cambridgema.gov.

 

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