PSNA February 15, 2018 Meeting

Porter Square Neighbors Association
February 15, 2018 7-9 PM
Lesley University Hall (Room 4-037)
1815 Massachusetts Avenue


From 7-8 pm, AARON HEMQUIST will tell us about plans for the new Porter Square Galleria TARGET,
and we’ll have a chance to tell him what we hope to see there.


We will take this opportunity to meet some of our new members (at least those present).


ALBERT J. GOWAN 1934-2017

GOWAN, Albert J. Designer, writer and Professor of graphic design, Albert J. Gowan passed away peacefully from complications of congestive heart failure on November 2, 2017 at 83. "Uncle Al" to generations of students at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Gowan was an inspirational educator, trusted advisor and mentor, and a skilled strategist.

November 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 7:00pm

Thursday, November 16, 2017 (Annual Meeting)

Porter Square Neighbors Association
North Cambridge Senior Center
2050 Massachusetts Avenue


* Annual Election of Officers
* Email List Update
* Future PSNA Activities

* Ears to the Ground



We elected the following new officers:

President:  Ruth Ryals (who conducted the rest of the meeting)

Vice President:  Vacant

Secretary and Treasurer:   Margaret Studio


Follow Up on the January 11, 2018 BZA Hearing for 1791 Mass Ave

Last night the Board of Zoning Appeal (BZA) voted 5-0 in favor of granting a comprehensive permit for the proposed fully afforadable housing development at 1791 Mass Ave which will provide 40 units (many 2-3 bedrooms, allowing families).

The plans call for the restoration of the Second Empire Victorian  (the "old dentists home") on the Avenue, a large new building behind it, and the renovation of two historic houses at the rear (on Frost Terrace).


Please join in a tour and Q & A Saturday noon at proposed 1791 Mass Ave development with Larry Field

I'm organizing an "on site" tour and Q & A session with the developers next Saturday (January 6) at noon. It will last less than one hour and won't interfere with any football watching.

If you haven't heard about 1791 Mass Ave, the developers are proposing to transform the run-down Victorian on the property (last used as a medical office) into a 100% affordable family community with 40 apartments. The front building will continue to have its Victorian look but a new structure will be added in the rear.