More than 80 people from local business and government met at Novartis on August 3rd for the first meeting of the Red Ribbon Commission on the Delights & Concerns of Central Square, led by Cambridge city councillor Ken Reeves. The commission will meet monthly over the next year.
Representing the city was Mayor David P. Maher, Lisa Patterson, commissioner of the Department of Public Works, Charles Sullivan, director of the Historical Commission, Deputy City Manager Richard C. Rossi, Deputy City Manager Richard C. Rossi, Robert Haas, commissioner of the Cambridge Police Department. Cambridge city councillor Ken Reeves and from community development Estella Johnson and Elaine Madden . The Central Square Business association was represented by President George Metzger of HMFH Architects. Dan Goldstein, owner of the Clear Conscience Café, David Levine Central Square Florist, Anya Petroff MIT, Nancy O’Brien President Cambridge YMCA, Christine Abele IDEO, Mary Huntington Nora Theater at Central Square Theater, Dan Binderman improvBoston, Gail Seidman University Stationary, Jeff Lockwood Novartis. Many other stakeholders in attendants were citizens, business and landlords of the square.
The meeting started with a welcome from Novartis Host Jeff Lockwood. Followed by greetings from David Maher. Commission head Ken Reeves told the audience “We want to hear from stakeholders, citizens, landlords and business owners alike, so that we can come together to cook up a vision that will serve Central Square for the next decade,” A nice presentation was given by Charles Sullivan on the history of Central Square complete with pictures. Dan Goldstein and George Metzger spoke about how the Central Square Business association has been working on the square. Estella Johnson gave a recap of the Central Square Survey that was done recently. Lisa Peterson spoke about the efforts of the public works department. and Robert Haas Commissioner of the police department gave a recap and analysis of Central Square. After the speakers spoke there was an open discussion of Central Square. Many expressed a desire for a culture zone in Central Square. The meeting was a very positive gathering of Central Square stakeholders.
The commission’s next meeting will be held at the Christian Life Center, 85 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge September 29th.
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