Updated 10/22/14: The Cambridge Planning Board has held three hearings on a request for special permits to build 93 new units at 75 New Street. No decision has been made and the next hearing date has not yet been set. The DPW has surveyed the street to determine the feasibility of redesigning it to provide continuous sidewalks, bike facilities, crosswalks and traffic calming features, which residents believe should come in advance of more development. A meeting to discuss preliminary plans has been set for 10/22 at 6 pm at the Tobin School.
February 27, 2014
To the Cambridge Planning Board and City Council:
As concerned residents of the Fresh Pond area, we oppose the granting of special permits to construct 93 new residential units at 75 New Street.
The formerly industrial site (JC Adams Windows) is not well suited for residential use, and the proposed development is too dense in the absence of significant improvements to the street and sidewalk infrastructure in and out of the Sozio rotary to Concord Avene and through the shopping center to connect to Alewife Brook Parkway and the MBTA Red Line station.
Without sidewalks, it is not safe to walk or bike through along New Street or through the shopping center parking lot, and the additional cars traveling on New Street will add to the congestion at the Sozio rotary, which is already a major chokepoint.
This is a poorly conceived project that will erode the quality of life and create gridlock for residents from all parts of Cambridge who come to the area to enjoy recreation at Danehy Park and Fresh Pond Reservation.