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What would you say is most needed in the Port/Area 4 neighborhood?

Open space. I believe this parking lot would be an invaluable addition to the Green Rose Heritage Park and help create a zone that doesn’t need to serve as a multipurpose field. While it seems like you... Read more...

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This is a great point Leah. It speaks to smart, long-term growth. Past proposals from the City have hinted at this, and were received with lots of concerns --understandably-- from many of our neighbors... Read more...

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Definitely! A thoughtful, modern design would allow for more apartments and more retail / office, both of which (I believe) would contribute to lower residential and commercial rates. It might be difficult... Read more...

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Considering the site fits only 12 at grade parking spaces now, I am puzzled as to how each unit will have a parking space - Total 15. The design drawings appear to show a 'closed' first floor level facing... Read more...

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i believe the parking spaces are reserved for others

What would you say is most needed in the Port/Area 4 neighborhood?

Honestly, community space and open space. I know housing is the answer we’re supposed to give, and affordable homeownership is a top priority. We also need housing for seniors who live in the neighborhood... Read more...

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Thanks for responding to this question. We appreciate your input.

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The most needed in the neighborhood is parking space and open space.

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What would you say is most needed in the Port/Area 4 neighborhood?

1. Housing 2. Housing 3. Housing

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I think the entire city of Cambridge lacks affordable housing. Are 4 has a number of new buildings for this purpose.

What other questions or suggestions do you have about this project?

This is just too large and imposing. Also this does not provide enough parking for the owners. Parking is already tight in this neighborhood now under normal conditions. When you add in street sweeping... Read more...

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Would you be willing to attend virtual community meetings to learn more about the development?

Very likely to attend

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What do you like the most about living or working in Cambridge?

Violate zoning regulations + Block sunlight of the existing buildings + overloaded with extremely high density (Not a sustainable) + Cause parking issues + not match the surrounding environment = must... Read more...

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I'm with you 100%. Why have zoning regulations if you can so easily circumvent them. Why care about the neighborhood when profit is top of the list. And yes, the design is terrible.

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A few points:<br><br>1. Increased density is very sustainable! People who live in cities put much less strain on the environment than people who live in the suburbs. There are a number of reasons for this,... Read more...

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A five story building doesn't block lots of sun unless of course if you live somewhere in the radius of the building, If so you lose the winter sunshine that so much of us City dwellers adore , any garden... Read more...

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Kevin makes an excellent point. If you don’t live in a close radius to this proposed monstrosity, your thoughts are sure make it eighty feet tall and pack as many people into this space as possible.

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What do you like the most about living or working in Cambridge?

Hello! I support affordable housing. However, please delete the top floor, and scale-down your proposal to respect existing C-1 Zoning heights.

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The layout looks beautiful. The height is great. As a neighbor who comes to Green Rose park with my two kids all the time, open space means A LOT to me. But we don't need more open space here. We need... Read more...

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Thanks for your feedback, Rose. Under the AHO, a building in this district may be 45-50 feet tall, which is the guidance we’ve used when designing the building. Given that Broadway Park will be across... Read more...

Eugenia, how may feet from the proposed building do you live? The most significant impact of the 45 feet building is to the neighbors who live within 200 feet from it.

What other questions or suggestions do you have about this project?

Hi JAS, This needed project is too high for the neighborhood. Please consider removing the top floor from the plan. It dwarfs the houses along Windsor St, and it will be a sheer cliff next to the park... Read more...

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I think the project is perfect. Affordable housing is essential and we homeowners should be willing to welcome more affordable homes into our neighborhoods.

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I don't understand how this project could be considered too high for the neighborhood. The George Close building, which is *literally across the street*, is three stories taller.

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I agree. The height will match the Maynard Fletcher School and the George Close building well. The issue is aesthetic – why so boxy and ugly with fewer windows on the top floor? The top floor is a charcoal... Read more...

Ditto what Leah and Dan said about the size— given the height of the George Close building and Maynard Fletcher School, this building seems like it will be totally in scale with the rest of that section... Read more...

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The design does not match the surrounding houses. It is too high. Please respect C-1 zoning.

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Thanks for your comment, Christopher. Since Broadway Park will be across the street from two higher buildings (the Fletcher-Maynard school is 60+ feet and the Close Building Apartments are 75+ feet), we... Read more...

Leah, thanks so much for your comments. While the general shape of the building doesn’t have a lot of flexibility, we have been working on massing options to provide more texture and interest for the building.... Read more...

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What would you say is most needed in the Port/Area 4 neighborhood?

Expanded open and green space.

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What other questions or suggestions do you have about this project?

Increased height and density=good urban living=chance to meet a variety of people, all ages, ethnicities, economic statuses=affordable, well-built homes for more people. Don't back down in face of detractors.

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What do you like the most about living or working in Cambridge?

That Cambridge is the type of city where things like the AHO passed which can result in great new affordable housing opportunities such as this one!

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What would you say is most needed in the Port/Area 4 neighborhood?

The Port has TONS of open space — during the pandemic, my kids and I visited every park we've got - there are so many. Many of them close together. We do not have enough housing though. We need more homes,... Read more...

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Thanks for your support, Eugenia! We certainly invite everyone to visit many of the nearby parks & community gardens and hope that future residents will enjoy them as well.

Eugenia, <br>You would not say so if the 45 feet building was adjacent to your house.

Vivian Yu, I have a new apartment building that is 207 feet (19 stories) adjacent to my lovely, tiny home. We are dwarfed beside it but it is hardly noticeable until you get blocks away. Then its silhouette... Read more...

What do you like the most about living or working in Cambridge?

As a longtime resident of the Port, who lives nearby on Pine St., I am very pleased and strongly supportive of this project. The need for affordable housing is huge and growing even more dire with the... Read more...

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Thanks for your comment, Esther. We’re glad to be creating more opportunities for affordable homeownership for families in the city.

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Esther, Pine Street is 1500 feet from the proposed 45 feet building. People who live 1500 feet from the lot should not speak for people who live within 200 feet from the house.

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Vivian, I disagree that only people who live adjacent to new construction should be heard. The larger community has needs that should also be heard. We would never see new housing if the only community... Read more...

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What do you like the most about living or working in Cambridge?

Hard to believe that those who want to lop off a floor Are committed to affordable housing.

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What would you say is most needed in the Port/Area 4 neighborhood?

Open access space for the community. Especially for the underprivileged and underrepresented BIPOC. Economic opportunities for the people living in poverty in between the two greatest schools in the world.

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Parking, parking, parking! Between the restaurant parking, delivery trucks and the lack of ticketing for non residential parking it is a nightmare. Everyone who lives in the area does not ride a bike and... Read more...

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Parking around the Port is certainly tough, but that's not something that building or not building this project would address. In fact, building more transit-accessible, affordable housing options is exactly... Read more...

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Thanks for your comment, Santos. We completely agree about economic opportunities, as that’s the core of Just-A-Start’s mission. Are you familiar with our education and job training programs? Please feel... Read more...

Thanks for sharing your comments, Lena. The site is currently a small private parking lot and it wouldn’t be possible for us to create more parking on site or in the area. We’ve done a parking study with... Read more...

There are more affordable spaces in the surrounding towns. Why don't you build affordable house in the surrounding towns? With the public transportation and Subway in Cambridge, people who live in the... Read more...

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