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Notice of Hearing: Regarding Request of Shepard Restaurant & Bar for Permission to Conduct Testing of Restaurant Exhaust System

November 9, 2017

View Notice of Hearing (PDF)
View Shepard Restaurant letter to Commissioner Wardell (PDF)
Please take note that on November 30, 2017 at 4 p.m., a hearing will be held in the second floor conference room at the Cambridge Health Alliance’s Windsor Street Care Center located at 119 Windsor Street in Cambridge. The Center is accessible to persons with disabilities and the conference room is accessible by elevator located in the main lobby. 
The hearing will be held pursuant to M.G.L. c. 111, §§ 122, 123 and 143 et. seq. The hearing will be conducted by Patrick Wardell, Commissioner of Public Health for the City of Cambridge.  A stenographer will be present and will record the proceedings. 
The hearing is being held at the request of Shepard Restaurant & Bar, located at 1 Shepard Street in Cambridge (“Shepard Restaurant”).  Shepard Restaurant has requested permission to “[c]onduct solid fuel (wood and charcoal) testing of its redesigned exhaust system, and if the test results are favorable, to resume grill cooking with solid fuel.”  Shepard Restaurant’s letter to Commissioner Wardell of November 7, 2017 may be viewed at the Cambridge Public Health Department’s website.
The purpose of the hearing is for the Commissioner to take testimony and evidence solely to enable him to determine whether the Shepard Restaurant’s proposal to conduct testing of its exhaust system can be accomplished without causing a condition of nuisance, noisome trade, injurious odor, and/or a condition causing sickness which may be injurious to the public health.  Shepard Restaurant will be permitted to present its evidence to the Commissioner and the Cambridge Public Health Department will have the opportunity to respond.

Neighbors and abutters and interested persons who wish to present testimony and/or evidence in favor of or opposition to the Shepard Restaurant’s request to conduct testing of its exhaust system will have the opportunity to speak at the hearing and may also submit written testimony. The Commissioner will establish at the hearing time limits for testimony to insure that all who wish to be heard will have an opportunity to do so. 
Written testimony may be submitted in advance of the November 30, 2017 hearing by sending any such submissions to the attention of:
Patrick R. Wardell
Commissioner of Public Health, City of Cambridge
c/o The Cambridge Health Alliance
1493 Cambridge Street, 7th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139
Electronic correspondences can be emailed to tpeters@challiance.org. Written statements will also be accepted at the hearing. 
Please note that the parking lot at the Center is reserved for patients with clinical appointments. Metered and resident permit parking is available on surrounding streets.

This announcement was updated on November 27, 2017.


Suzy Feinberg, MPH
Public Information Officer

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