Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Armory to Stand Before ZBA on September 5th
The Armory writes, "We believe strongly in the programming that we provide and believe that with the above-mentioned actions, we can live up to our full potential and fulfill our mission to an even greater extent. With your support, we will be able to continue and expand upon our daily cultural, educational, and healthy-living events and thrive as a centerpiece to the local economy. We hope you will sign our petition and also attend the hearing once it is announced in mid-August."
If you support the Armory's requests, you can sign the online petition, as well as, attend the meeting set for Wednesday September 5th at 6pm in City Hall.
1) An increase in occupancy, which will allow us to better serve the needs of the community with such events as the Somerville Winter Farmers’ Market;
2) Expanded hours that will allow us to open earlier and stay open two hours later (allowing us to better work with nationally touring music and theater groups);
3) Outdoor Café seating, which will enhance the on-street vibrancy in our neighborhood;
4) Cooking in our Café, which will allow us to better-cater to our customers, specifically in the cold winter months; and
5) The ability to apply for a liquor license, currently not negotiable within the buildings’ conditions.
The Armory recently received some support from their Cambridge friends in an editorial published on the Somerville Journal website on August 30th. The editorial describes the requests as "reasonable", but does point out the slowness in which the Armory finally resolved ADA compliance issues and a desire to see a permanent director.
Previously published posts on this topic has brought numerous comments from both sides of the argument--setting the stage for an interesting conversation on September 5th.