Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2020 #32
Order Adopted
Feb 10, 2020 5:30 PM

City Council support of the City Manager’s request to purchase the National Guard Armory of Cambridge.

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Department:City Clerk's Office, AMSponsors:Councillor Patricia Nolan, Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon, Councillor Marc C. McGovern
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

As part of the Tobin Montessori/Vassal Lane Upper Schools Reconstruction Project, conceptual designs have been released; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

There has been a concerted effort to find space for Elementary and Upper School enrollment expansion, additional much-needed programmatic elements and increased capacity for preschool enrollment, while at the same time preserving the need for open space, ensuring adequate traffic flow and appropriate site circulation has been challenging; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The National Guard Armory of Cambridge, located at 450 Concord Avenue, adjacent to the Tobin Montessori/Vassal Lane Upper Schools campus, presents a potential opportunity for the City to resolve community concerns that the proposed reconstruction designs would negatively impact the amount of available green space, and the flow of school traffic; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The Armory site, which is owned by the state (purchased from Cambridge in 1957), is currently underutilized; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

A 2018 assessment of the Armory site by the state shows the need for significant investment to keep the site up to code; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The City Manager has sent a letter to the State Quartermaster expressing Cambridge’s strong interest in acquiring the Armory site; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Council go on record strongly supporting the City Manager’s request to purchase the National Guard Armory of Cambridge, and go on record as urging the City’s Delegation in the State Legislature to work to determine if the state will take the steps necessary to allow the City to purchase the entire site, to be for permanent public use in perpetuity by the City to address community driven needs; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward suitably engrossed copies of this policy order to the City’s Delegation in the State Legislature on behalf of the entire City Council.

 

Meeting History

Feb 10, 2020 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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BY AFFIRMATIVE VOTE OF NINE MEMBERS

RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED