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12/8/16 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

by on Tue, Dec 6, 2016

This is a meeting of the Somerville Redevelopment Authority. Agenda not available. Current issues are the Union Square and Assembly Square developments and the status of the Green Line Extension. More…


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12/7/16, 12/14/16 Green Line Extension Public Meetings

by on Tue, Dec 6, 2016

The MBTA is sponsoring two public meetings about the status of the Green Line Extension. The meetings will include a general update on status, contractor selection process, and schedule. There are ongoing issues about the revised GLX plans, which eliminate several neighborhood connections and provide an awkward connection along McGrath Highway to the Community Path. More…


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David Dahlbacka Testimony on Ades Development Proposal (MEPA #15955)

by on Sun, Nov 20, 2016

This letter is with regard to the MEPA filing for all four phases of project EEA #15595, “The Office and Research Center + The Residences at Assembly”. I wish to indicate general support for the project as a whole. The mixed-use office/R&D developments in phases 2 and 3 meet Somerville’s goals for jobs and commercial tax base, while phases 1 and 4 include a useful mix of other uses that could help to activate the area.

The following comments are intended to make the proposal more desirable to all stakeholders. More…


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2016 Union Square Holiday Stroll

by on Wed, Nov 16, 2016

On Saturday, December 10th, Union Square Main Streets is once again partnering with our local businesses to bring you our second annual Union Square Holiday Stroll. We will be building on the success of last year’s inaugural Holiday Stroll with … Continue reading


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11/17/16 Public Hearing on Green Line Extension Funding Proposal

by on Mon, Nov 14, 2016

The City of Somerville is holding a public hearing at which Mayor Curtatone will present a funding proposal on Somerville’s $50M contribution to the Green Line Extension project. More…


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Somerville, MA displays #Safety Hazards, #FostersDependency on #ElectionDay2016

by on Tue, Nov 8, 2016

ada.gov  states, “HAVA [Help America Vote Act of 2002] requires jurisdictions conducting federal elections to have a voting system (such as the actual voting machines) that is accessible, including to citizens who are blind


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November 12 – 2nd Saturday Offerings

by on Mon, Nov 7, 2016

Join us this coming Saturday, 11/12 to enjoy the offerings of our local Union Square participating businesses.  Come to the Market to buy your fresh local produce and then visit one of our participating businesses for a great deal on lunch, … Continue reading


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11/9/16 Public Presentation on Michael Ades Development in Assembly Square

by on Wed, Nov 2, 2016

Michael Ades is giving a project presentation on their proposed development at 5 Middlesex Avenue in Assembly Square. This development is on the site of the existing office building and includes in phase 1 a five-story hotel and residential building with ground floor retail. At issue is what community benefit this development can provide in exchange for the vehicle trips and other impacts of the project. Please come, listen, and make your voice heard. The time for influencing this development is now. More…


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10/26/16: East Somerville Main Streets Board Meeting

by on Tue, Oct 25, 2016

East Somerville Main Streets is holding a Board meeting at which, among other matters, the Board will discuss the proposed Michael Ades development at 5 Middlesex Avenue in Assembly Square. This development is on the site of the existing office building and includes in phase 1 a five-story hotel and residential building with ground floor retail and in phase 2 a 14-story mixed-use building with office and lab space. More…


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11/23/16 Comment Period on Michael Ades Residential and Office/R&D Development

by on Tue, Oct 25, 2016

The MEPA comment period is open on the proposed Michael Ades development at 5 Middlesex Avenue in Assembly Square (EEA# 15595). This development is on the site of the existing office building and includes in phase 1 a five-story hotel and residential building with ground floor retail and in phase 2 a 14-story mixed-use building with office and lab space. More…


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5/6/15 Somerville Land Use Committee Meeting as a Whole

by on Sun, Apr 26, 2015

Agenda is to discuss and recommend action upon the proposed change to form-oriented zoning throughout Somerville. More…


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3/5/15 Joint Planning Board / Land Use Committee Hearing on New Zoning

by on Mon, Feb 16, 2015

Agenda consists of a hearing on the new, building-type oriented zoning ordinance to replace the current zoning ordinance. More…


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7/18/13 Somerville Land Use Committee Meeting

by on Sun, Jun 23, 2013

These are two scheduled meetings of the BOA Land Use Committee, one at 6 PM and another at 7 PM. Agenda at 6 PM includes discussing a zoning amendment to separate supermarkets from other retail in the zoning code, and another to add Medical Marijuana Treatment Facility to the table of land use categories. Agenda at 7 PM includes processing a zoning amendment, currently withdrawn, to permit a ground floor supermarket that exceeds the Ground Level Retail Size Cap in the Assembly Square Mixed-Use District. More…


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6/4/13, 6/5/13 Forums on Ethanol Trains through Cambridge and Somerville

by on Sun, Jun 2, 2013

The Cambridge legislative delegation is holding two public forums about a plan proposed by Global Partners to transport ethanol through Cambridge, Somerville, and Chelsea using the existing rail system. The ethanol trains may be a mile long and contain up to a million gallons of hot-burning, hard-to-extinguish ethanol. Far better to transport it by barge from Albany NY. More…


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Public TV and Walmart: WGBH Responds

by on Sun, Feb 24, 2013

When my membership renewal came due  I sent WGBH a letter explaining the dilemma I faced deciding whether to continue to support Boston’s non-commercial public television station. I had recently seen a promotional piece- a…


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What we can learn from the School Committee’s selection process

by on Wed, Feb 20, 2013

Last month the School Committee chose a replacement for their colleague, Maureen Bastardi, who had been appointed Ward 1 Alderman. They did so through an open process that involved soliciting interest from potential candidates and…


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2/6/13 Public Hearing on Ethanol Train Routes

by on Wed, Feb 6, 2013

Ethanol trains carrying large amounts of flammable liquid would pass through Somerville, including right by Brickbottom, East Broadway and Assembly Square. More…


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Why Should ‘Villens Consider Livestock Grazing (Ever)?

by on Sat, Jan 26, 2013

When a sober, soft-spoken, octogenarian with a Scottish accent delivers a somber warning about a six-degree temperature increase on our planet the impact is immediately warmly felt. So it was in the ASEAN Auditorium at…


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Why a new library?

by on Thu, Jan 17, 2013

Why build when we can use what we have so much better?


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Mayor @JoeCurtatone Misses Own Deadline for OpenData Initiative

by on Wed, Aug 1, 2012

In June, the City proudly announced that it would be posting lots of operational data in July online at data.somervillema.gov.  Well, it’s August 1st and that webpage hasn’t been set up yet. …


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