Central Square Advisory Committee Remote Meeting

6:00 PM Wednesday, March 1, 2023


The Port
City Wide

Mason Wells, mwells@cambridgema.gov, 617-349-9794

Application materials and general information about the Central Square Advisory Committee can be found on the following webpage: https://www.cambridgema.gov/CDD/zoninganddevelopment/advcomms/centraladvcomm.

For further information, please contact Mason Wells, Associate Zoning Planner with the Cambridge Community Development Department, at 617-349-9794 or mwells@cambridgema.gov.

  • General Business
    • City Updates

      Staff from the Community Development Department (CDD) will share any information about development projects and city initiatives in or affecting Central Square.

    • Committee Member Updates

      Members of the Central Square Advisory Committee will share any information about Central Square that they think other members would be interested in.

  • Project Review and Discussion
    • 18 Pleasant Street

      The applicant proposes changes to a project previously reviewed by CSAC on July 6, 2022 to construct a four-story, multifamily residential building with six dwelling units. Parking has been relocated from under the building to an at-grade portion of the lot utilizing the existing curb cut. This and other related changes will require variances from the BZA. The applicant is scheduled for a BZA hearing on March 9, 2023 for a variance to construct on site, at grade parking for four (4) vehicles located in the front yard setback and within the parking setback line. The discussion will be organized as follows:

      • Applicant Presentation
      • Committee Questions
      • Public Comment
      • Committee Discussion
    • 6 Brookline Street (the Middle East)

      The applicant proposes to raze the existing commercial block at 2-10 Brookline Street (the site of the existing Middle East nightclub) and erect a six-story mixed-use building with a hotel on the upper floors, music venues in the basement and ground floor, retail space on the ground floor, and a bar/restaurant on the sixth floor. The applicant is seeking several special permits from the Planning Board and is required to conduct an advisory review with the Central Square Advisory Committee per article 20.300 of the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance. The discussion will be organized as follows:

      • Applicant Presentation
      • Committee Questions
      • Public Comment
      • Committee Discussion
  • Adjourn


PLEASE NOTE: Meetings will be held remotely in accordance with Section 20 of Chapter 20 of the Acts of 2021, signed into law on June 16, 2021. Members of the public can attend the meeting virtually through Zoom Webinar. Members of the public can also provide comments in writing or via email before the meeting.


To register for the Zoom webinar, click the following link and enter your information: https://cambridgema.zoom.us/j/81539233769. Check your e-mail (including spam/junk folder) for confirmation. If you do not have a computer or e-mail address, you may attend via phone by dialing one of the following numbers: +1 646 931 3860  or +1 929 436 2866  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 305 224 1968  or +1 309 205 3325  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 669 444 9171  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 689 278 1000  or +1 719 359 4580  or +1 253 205 0468  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 360 209 5623  or +1 386 347 5053  or +1 507 473 4847  or +1 564 217 2000

The webinar ID is: 815 3923 3769

The City of Cambridge will provide reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities upon request. Please make requests for alternative formats as soon as possible by contacting the staff listed above.