CALL TO ACTION
On Monday the 23rd or the 30th of October, 2017, the City Council will vote on the Volpe site Petition, a 1 Million sqft increase in density, and the Smith petition asking for graduate student housing to be tied to the Volpe site Petition.
East Cambridge, and many other neighborhoods, have expressed deep concerns about the Volpe site petition of MITIMCO. Their concerns and position is best expressed by the East Cambridge Planning Team (ECPT) in a letter to the planning board and ordinance committee:
"ECPT is not unanimously opposed to the development of the Volpe site, but ECPT is unanimously opposed to the development causing unfair impact on the surrounding neighborhoods without due consideration. The most significant concern of the ECPT members is the 150% increase of allowable density without a commensurate increase in infrastructure support. The fact that traffic and environmental studies will not inform this zoning but rather, as MITMCo has stated, the upzoning request is based on the "economic reality" of the bargain between MITMCo and the federal government does not provide assurance that the proposed density is good for Cambridge."
When we are talking impact, we are talking about the trickle down economics of commercial development into our neighborhoods. It has turned our homes into financial instruments for quick profit, exacerbating the affordable housing crisis. Lets bring back community to the center of decision making.
Sign my petition to require impact studies on surrounding neighborhoods resulting from the 150% increase in allowable density, prior to any approval.
Contact the City Council, let them know how what you think.
Email the City Council at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call them at: 617-349-4280
Come and Speak to the City Council tomorrow 5:30p, 795 Massachusetts ave., in the Sullivan Chamber.