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Ex-computer programmer, now technical writer. Interested in anime and manga, as well as local civic affairs. President of the Mystic View Task Force and formerly member of the Somerville Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee. Beat Reporter tracking transit-oriented sustainable development and reporting on planning-related authorities, committees, and boards.

4/17/14 Legislative Matters Committee Meeting

Posted by at 9:04 pm on April 14, 2014

Agenda includes approval of a Complete Streets Ordinance to insure equal access for all users of the public ways. More…


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4/14/14 Lowell Street Station Area Plan Comment Period

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The Lowell Street area plan gives a preview of how the Lowell Street area might change over the next 15 years. Check it out and make your views known. More…


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4/23/14 Assembly Row Grand Opening Job Fair

Posted by at 9:42 pm on April 9, 2014

Federal Realty is sponsoring a Grand Opening job fair for some of the retailers opening this summer. The Assembly Row Grand Opening is in May. Representatives of retailers and restaurants will be there to accept applications. More…


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4/12/14 Somerville Sneak Peek: Assembly Row Open House

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Assembly Row is having its Grand Opening in May. Come and check it out. More…


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4/16/14 Central Broadway Streetscape Improvements Meeting

Posted by at 8:09 pm on April 6, 2014

The Central Broadway/Winter Hill Streetscape Project will study existing conditions, issues, and opportunities and prepare an urban streetscape design that improves the safety and functionality of the corridor for all modes of transportation. Come and make your views known. More…


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4/9/14 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

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This is the regular meeting of the Somerville Housing Authority (SHA). No online agenda. More…


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3/31/14 Somerville Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by at 7:29 pm on March 30, 2014

Agenda includes discussing a proposed revision to SomerVision plan affordable housing goals, and a motion requesting SPCD to provide SomerVision updates twice a year showing progress in residential, affordable units, jobs, development in transformative areas, and other goals. More…


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4/8/14 Union Square Civic Advisory Committee Public Meeting

Posted by at 9:07 pm on March 23, 2014

It is important that all concerned citizens provide input to the Union Square CAC and observe and understand the basis for their decisions. More…


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4/3/14 Joint Hearing of Planning Board and Land Use Committee

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The Somerville Planning Board and the BOA Land Use Committee are holding a joint hearing on an amendment to Section 5.2.5 of the Somerville Zoning Ordinance to require the following special permit findings: a) to avoid creating adverse impacts on the stock of existing affordable housing, and, b) to ensure compliance with the objectives of the SomerVision plan.

It is is everyone’s interest to see to it that affordable housing is maintained and the SomerVisionPlan is advanced. Come and speak your mind. More…


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4/2/14 Union Square Civic Advisory Committee Public Meeting

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It is important that all concerned citizens provide input to the Union Square CAC and observe and understand the basis for their decisions. More…


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3/25/14 Union Square Streetscape Walk-around

Posted by at 9:43 pm on March 17, 2014

Public input into design requirements are valuable inputs to the current efforts to select a Master Developer for Union Square. More…


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3/20/14 Somerville Board of Health Meeting

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The Board of Health deals with issues such as emergency preparedness, disease control, waste disposal, and pest control. More…


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3/20/14 Public Hearing on HUD One-Year Action Plan

Posted by at 6:31 am on March 10, 2014

HUD programs provide millions of dollars for Somerville residential development. Its use is important to all Somervillians. More…


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3/11/14 Somerville By Design: Green Spaces, Community Places

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This is the second in a series of workshops on Open Space in Somerville. If you enjoy playgrounds, parks, and community gardens, attend this workshop. More…


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3/10/14, 3/11/14, 3/13/14 Master Developer Presentations to Somerville Redevelopment Authority

Posted by at 9:15 pm on March 2, 2014

The SRA selects the Master Developer for Union Square. It is important to know what questions it chooses to ask. Besides technical qualifications, the proposed approach to be taken by each Master Developer is important to the residents of Union Square, who will be affected by the changes, both positively and negatively. More…


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3/8/14, 3/9/14 Assembly Row Job Fair

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3/8/14, 3/9/14 Assembly Row Job Fair Sat. Mar 8 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Sun. Mar. 9 2:00 – 7:00 PM East Somerville Community School Cafeteria 50 Cross Street Somerville MA (map) This is the second of two Assembly Row Job Fairs, featujring some of the 30 retailers and restaurants opening at Assembly Row. If you are a resident of Somerville or surrounding communities and wish to work at Assembly Row, come to the Job Fair. The first Job Fair, Mar. 1 and 2, was exclusively for residents of Somerville. For more information, see Assembly More…


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3/5/14, 3/11/14, 3/18/14 Master Developer Presentations to Union Square Civic Advisory Committee

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The CAC recommends a Master Developer for Union Square to the Somerville Redevelopment Authority. It is important to know what questions it chooses to ask. Besides technical qualifications, the proposed approach to be taken by each Master Developer is important to the residents of Union Square, who will be affected by the changes, both positively and negatively. More…


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2/27/14 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by at 9:31 pm on February 23, 2014

This is a special meeting of the Somerville Redevelopment Authority, called to replace the 2/20/14 meeting, which could not be held because the meeting was noticed only on the cork board at City Hall and not on the City web site, as required by the new Open Meeting law. Agenda includes an update on the Everett casino and and update on Union Square. Special meetings are scheduled 3/4/14, 3/5/14, 3/6/14 to hear presentations from development firms. More…


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Beat Report: 2/20/14 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

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2/20/14 meeting not being held because not properly posted. Only scheduling next meeting. Did not post announcement online, only at City Hall cork board. Violated open meeting law. Propose replacement meeting next Thurs 2/27 @6:15. Tentative schedule for developer presentations: Mar. 4, 5, 6 4:00 – 6:00 PM Aldermanic chambers. More…


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2/19/14 Union Square Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting

Posted by at 8:57 pm on February 9, 2014

The City will present an executive summary of the ten master development proposals. This meeting is open to the public. More…


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2/10/14 Union Square Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting

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The City will present an overview of the Union Square redevelopment issues, including the SomerVision comprehensive plan, the Union Square Revitalization Plan, and the Green Line extension. This meeting is open to the public. More…


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2/20/14 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by at 9:12 pm on February 2, 2014

Agenda likely includes an update on the Everett casino and possible presentations from one or more master developers for Union Square. There may need to be a special meeting to hear presentations from development firms. More…


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1/23/14, 1/27/14 Property Assessment Info Sessions

Posted by at 5:58 pm on January 19, 2014

The Somerville tax base is the most important source of city funds for maintaining the city streets, schools, and other facilities. It directly affects every resident and business and indirectly affects every tenant.

NOTE: The Jan. 21 session was rescheduled to Thu. Jan. 23 due to the snow emergency. More…


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1/23/14 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by at 9:41 pm on January 12, 2014

Agenda likely includes an update on the Everett casino and upon the RFQ for a master developer for Union Square. More…


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1/14/14 – 2/5/14 Green Line Extension Project Meetings

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If you live within one of the areas being affected, you should attend the relevant meeting to learn what is proposed in your neighborhood. More…


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1/14/14 Transportation Equity Human Services & Equity in Transportation Forum

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Anticipated participants include representatives from transportation agencies and service providers, social service organizations, councils on aging, and other organizations. Members of the public are invited. More…


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2/17/14 (ends) Comment Period for DEIR for Wynn Everett Project

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The Wynn casino project in Everett can improve the tax base of Everett, but the planned 400 foot building will have substantial impact on Somerville traffic and cause glare across the river both day and night. More…


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12/16/13 Inner Belt/Brickbottom Planning Open House

Posted by at 9:57 pm on December 15, 2013

The Somerville Planning Department is sponsoring an Open House regarding changes to the Inner Belt/Brickbottom area. The Inner Belt/Brickbottom area is one of very few transformational areas left in Somerville. It is also very close to the Green Line tracks. More…


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Beat Report: 12/12/13 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by at 9:04 pm on December 12, 2013

City not getting cooperation from casino developer (WIN) and may have to apply itself for designation as affected community in 10 days after WIN files 12/31/13. Partners Healthcare is coming with 4500 jobs and 700K s.f. of office space. Aggressive schedule (2016). No R&D yet. City wants to look at rest of site (>60 acres). FRIT has gone live with a jobs web site with all the jobs in Assembly Row. They are being very cooperative. The City is contracting with a local agency for job training. City has an RFQ for a Master Developer for Union Square. Response is due Jan. 31, hope to decide by April 1. More…


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12/12/13 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by at 10:46 pm on December 10, 2013

Agenda includes an update on the Everett Casino, Partners Health Care, local hiring efforts in Assembly Square, and the Union Square Master Developer. More…


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12/11/13 Somerville Housing Authority Five Year Plan Hearing

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A great deal of Federal funds is handled through the SHA, which is a requirement of Federal funds for housing for low and moderate income families, the elderly, and the disabled. More…


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12/4/13 Somerville Hazard Mitigation Plan Public Meeting

Posted by at 8:57 pm on December 1, 2013

Hazard mitigation includes measures against flooding, hurricanes, and winter storms, as well as measures against chemical spills and biohazards. More…


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12/3/13 Somerville Legislative Matters Committee Meeting

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Agenda includes a Home Rule petition to change the method of filling BOA vacancies, and an ordinance regulating “pay-to-play” public contracting and campaign contributions for municipal elected office.


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11/26/13 Board of Aldermen Hearing on Tax Levy Percentages

Posted by at 9:31 pm on November 24, 2013

Tax levy percentages are a useful measure of the property values in the city, which in turn are a useful measure of the success of the Comprehensive Plan. More…


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11/18/13 Assembly Square Public Advisory Committee Meeting Notes

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The streets, sidewalks and ground floor retail on the four mixed use blocks will have their grand opening Memorial Day 2014. The new Orange Line T-stop is slated to open in July or so. According to Federal Realty, a grocery store at the IKEA site is not off the table. More…


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Union Sq. Revisioning Mtg. 11/18/13

Posted by at 12:54 pm on November 19, 2013

I attended the first hour of last night’s Union Square revisioning meeting, a reach-out to the community for input on what we’d like to see Union Square ultimately look like as development and infrastructure upgrades proceed in 2014-2015. More…


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11/12/13 Public Hearing on Filling BOA Vacancies

Posted by at 6:25 pm on November 4, 2013

Historically, Aldermen filled vacancies by personally selecting successor candidates with minimal public input. The proposals work to improve that.


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11/5/13 VOTE

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Voting is essential to self-government. Show up and make your opinion count.


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11/18/13 Assembly Square Public Advisory Committee Meeting

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ASPAC meetings provide a venue for communicating directly with the major developer of Assembly Square. More…


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11/18/13 Union Square Streetscape Project Kickoff Meeting

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Union Square is a key economic hub in Somerville, surrounded by residential neighborhoods that must coexist with it. More…


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11/14/13 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

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Agenda includes Assembly Square update, Casino update, and Union Square master developer RFQ. More…


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11/13/13 MassDOT Meeting on McGrath Corridor Improvements

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The McGrath Corridor includes a flyover that cuts Somerville in pieces. It was originally a boulevard and should be a boulevard again. More…


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10/21/13 Somerville Land Use Committee Meeting (Part 1 / Part 2)

Posted by at 8:24 pm on October 20, 2013

Agenda includes a public hearing on a zoning change for Prospect Hill and Somerville Avenue; discussion of increasing the linkage fee for new developments; and discussion of the planning board recommendation for an oversized grocery store in Assembly Square at the IKEA site. More…


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10/10/13 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by at 5:02 pm on October 6, 2013

Agenda not available. Current issues include Union Square takings, major change to Assembly Square urban renewal plan. More…


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10/9/10 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by at 5:00 pm on

Agenda includes no specific issues. General issues include communications, resident concerns, director’s report, committee reports, unfinished and new business. More…


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10/26/13 MVTF 2013 Annual Meeting Announcement

Posted by at 10:08 pm on September 29, 2013

Assembly Square is transforming. The new Baxter State Park along the Mystic between Route 38 and Draw 7 Park has opened. The Orange Line T-Stop is framed in, and Federal Realty and Avalon Bay have walls up on mixed-use developments on the river side of the site. More…


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9/29/13 Union Square Walking Tour

Posted by at 8:36 pm on September 22, 2013

The Historic Preservation Commission and ArtsUnion are sponsoring a free walking tour of historic Union Square from Bow Street to the Brickbottom Art Gallery. The tour is led by Edward Gordon, President of the New England Chapter of the Victorian Society of America. More…


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9/25/13 Somerville Legislative Matters Committee Meeting

Posted by at 8:34 pm on

Agenda includes discussion of an ordinance regulating “pay-to-play” public contracting and campaign contributions, a Local Hiring Ordinance, and a Home Rule Petition for a Job Creation and Retention Trust. More…


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Stop Unsafe Bicycling, Walking, and Driving

Posted by at 4:04 pm on

I will donate $100.00 to a charity of Alan Moore’s choice if a two-day bicycle traffic study by an objective third party finds that at all locations studied, fewer than half of bicyclists engaged in any of the unsafe behaviors described in paragraph 2.


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9/16/13 Casino Law Informational Meeting With Gaming Commission

Posted by at 6:48 pm on September 15, 2013

Gambling casinos have mixed effects upon the communities surrounding them, including increases in traffic, decreases in property values, and increases in gambling-related social problems. More…


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9/19/13 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

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Agenda not available. According to state law, Redevelopment Authorities are empowered to buy and sell property, acquire property through eminent domain, and grant tax concessions. More…


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9/19/13 Somerville Planning Board Hearing

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Agenda includes a hearing on zoning changes to add a new North Point Special District, to change all CCD55 districts in Ward 3 to CCD45, and to change all CCD45 and CCD55 districts in Ward 4 to RC. The Ward 3 and Ward 4 changes lower the heights of new commercial buildings in these wards. More…


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9/9/13, 9/10/13, 9/11/13 Somerville by Design: Davis Square Design Charrette

Posted by at 7:40 pm on September 8, 2013

The Somerville Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development is sponsoring a two-day intensive design charrette on the future of Davis Square. Participating in this design charrette is a way to influence how Davis Square develops and changes over the coming years. More…


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To My Fellow Cyclists

Posted by at 12:03 am on September 6, 2013

I write this letter as an enthusiastic bicyclist, to my fellow cyclists. Cyclists frequently complain, “We don’t get no respect.” Well, if you want respect, you start by deserving it.


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9/5/13 HUD Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) Public Hearing

Posted by at 9:03 pm on September 2, 2013

Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD) is holding a public hearing to receive feedback on the City’s performance in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program, and the HOME program. The HUD block grants are a very important source of funding for affordable housing in Somerville, yet few people attend these hearings. More…


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8/29/13 Somerville Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by at 9:43 pm on August 25, 2013

Agenda not available. The Design Review Committee provides design criteria, guidance and recommendations to permit applicants. Its mandate is to maintain and enhance the natural, aesthetic, and cultural heritage of the City and to preserve the value of land and buildings. More…


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8/27/13 Somerville Conservation Commission Meeting CANCELLED

Posted by at 9:41 pm on

This meeting of the Somerville Conservation Commission has been CANCELLED. More…


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8/20/13 Somerville Bicycle Committee Meeting

Posted by at 9:29 pm on August 18, 2013

Agenda includes an update on the Beacon Street reconstruction. More…


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8/22/13 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

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Agenda includes an ordinance amending the zoning map to place additional land in Union Square and on Prospect Hill into the CCD-55 Zoning District. The Planning Board holds public hearings, provides recommendations to the Zoning Board of Appeals and Aldermanic committees, and grants permits for special districts, such as Planned Unit Developments. More…


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8/14/13 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by at 7:41 pm on August 11, 2013

Agenda includes no specific issues. General issues include communications, resident concerns, director’s report, committee reports, unfinished and new business. More…


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8/8/13 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 7:14 pm on August 4, 2013

Agenda includes an ordinance changing the zoning district of 9 Medford St. near the Twin Cities Plaza from Business-A to TOD100. More…


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7/31/13 Cedar Street/Hall Street Flood Mitigation Public Meeting

Posted by at 7:30 pm on July 28, 2013

Proposed work in the Cedar Street/Hall Street neighborhood includes water, wastewater, and stormwater upgrades, along with upgrades to streets, sidewalks, and bike accommodations. More…


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Beat Report: 7/21/13 Snaps of Assembly Square and Somerville

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Assembly Square development has been going on as we speak. Here are some snaps of key locations. More…


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7/25/13 Boston Region MPO Meetings

Posted by at 9:40 pm on July 21, 2013

The Boston MPO is holding back-to-back meetings on the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and on Long Range-Transportation Plan (LRTP) Amendments. The UPWP and the LRTP cover all transportation funding opportunities in Massachusetts, short-term and long-term. If a project does not appear in the MPO transportation documents, it will not happen. More…


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7/17/13 Citizenship and Governance in Somerville

Posted by at 9:21 pm on July 14, 2013

The Somerville Public Library and the Welcome project are sponsoring a discussion with Tufts Professor Susan A. Ostrander about how “beneath current high levels of engagement by Somerville residents lies a struggle about who should be the city’s elected leaders and how they should conduct the city’s affairs.”


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7/17/13, 7/30/13 Somerville by Design: Davis Square

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The Somerville Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development is holding two Visioning sessions on the future of East Somerville. More sessions will be held in September and October. Visioning sessions are an important means for Davis Square residents and other stakeholders to participate in the planning process. Come and make your views known. More…


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7/16/13, 7/29/13 Somerville by Design: East Somerville

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The Somerville Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development is holding two Visioning sessions on the future of East Somerville. Visioning sessions are an important means for East Somerville residents and other stakeholders to participate in the planning process. Come and make your views known. More…


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7/10/13 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by at 6:16 pm on July 7, 2013

Agenda includes no specific issues. General issues include communications, resident concerns, director’s report, committee reports, unfinished and new business. More…


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7/10/13 Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project Public Information Meeting

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Both Cambridge and Somerville will be affected by the lane shifts and closures. If your commute requires traversing the bridge and the roads that feed into it, you should attend this meeting. More…


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7/1/13 Somerville Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by at 6:59 pm on June 30, 2013

Agenda includes reports about real estate purchases by Somerville Redevelopment Authority (SRA); payments through SRA to Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT); applicability of Yard 21 covenants with IKEA; the Development Covenant with FRIT: and the resolution binding FRIT to ensure local hiring by tenants. More…


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7/18/13 Somerville Land Use Committee Meeting

Posted by at 9:04 pm on June 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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6/25/13 Somerville Conservation Commission Meeting

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Agenda includes evaluating the Planning Board drawings of the Assembly Square “Cavalia” horse circus show. More…


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6/25/13 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

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Posted agenda for this weekday morning meeting includes reviewing and approving the operating budget for the SHA. More…


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6/25/13 Special Election for U.S. Senate

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Massachusetts is holding a special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John Kerry. It is very important to all of us who is U.S. Senator from Massachusetts.


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6/25/13 Sullivan Square Disposition Study Meeting

Posted by at 8:52 pm on June 16, 2013

This is a public planning and visioning exercise to determine the character of new development and open space in Sullivan Square. Sullivan Square is an important area for Somerville citizens living just over the border. More…


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6/18/13, 6/20/13 Green Line Extension Station Design Updates

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These station designs should integrate well with your neighborhoods. Go and see that they do.


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6/20/13 Finance Committee of the Whole / Board of Aldermen Meeting

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This is a special meeting of the Finance Committee to discuss the FY2014 City Budget, followed by a special meeting of the Board of Aldermen to do likewise. The city budget determines what issues the city will address in 2014.


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6/18/13 Somerville Legislative Matters Committee Meeting

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Agenda includes discussing alternative methods for choosing aldermen in case of a resignation before the end of term.


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6/20/13 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

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Note change of location to VNA. Agenda includes a large number of residential developments, which does not improve Somerville’s fiscal situation. More…


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6/12/13 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by at 7:20 pm on June 9, 2013

This is the regular meeting of the Somerville Housing Authority (SHA). Agenda not available. The SHA is a requirement of Federal funds for housing for low and moderate income families, the elderly, and the disabled. More…


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6/18/13, 6/20/13 Green Line Extension Station Design Updates

Posted by at 7:49 pm on June 2, 2013

MassDOT and the MBTA are hosting five public meetings to provide updates on certain Green Line Extension station designs. These station designs should integrate well with your neighborhoods. Go and see that they do. More…


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6/11/13 Green Line Extension Station Design Updates

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MassDOT and the MBTA are hosting five public meetings to provide updates on certain Green Line Extension station designs. These station designs should integrate well with your neighborhoods. Go and see that they do. More…


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5/18/13 – 9/21/13 Saturday Handmade Arts Market at Assembly Row

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Federal Realty and the Somerville arts community have started a market at Assembly Square. Check it out. More…


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6/6/13 MassDOT Design Meeting on McGrath Highway Bridge over Gilman Street

Posted by at 7:45 pm on

Proposal is to replace the existing three-span bridge with a one-span bridge. Two sidewalks are proposed, and a section of Gilman Street will be reconstructed. Acquisitions and easements may be required. More…


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6/6/13 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 7:43 pm on

Agenda includes a request for permission to hold in Assembly Square a six-month event described in the media as a horse circus. More…


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

Posted by at 7:41 pm on

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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5/30/13 Somerville Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by at 10:31 pm on May 28, 2013

Agenda includes reviewing signage for the Self Storage facility at 50 Middlesex Ave. in Assembly Square. More…


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5/30/13 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by at 9:02 pm on May 26, 2013

Agenda includes Urban Agriculture presentation, Assembly Square update, Union Square update, and more Union Square eminent domain votes. More…


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5/28/13 Somerville by Design – East Somerville

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Broadway from Winter Hill to East Somerville initiative was presented last year. It is time to extend this initiative further into East Somerville. More…


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5/21/13 Somerville by Design – Davis Square

Posted by at 4:06 am on May 21, 2013

Somerville prepared the Davis Square Action plan 30 years ago when the T came in to Davis Square. The results need to be updated. More…


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5/21/13 Somerville by Design – Davis Square

Posted by at 9:51 pm on May 19, 2013

Somerville prepared the Davis Square Action plan 30 years ago when the T came in to Davis Square. The results need to be updated.


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5/16/13 Joint Public Hearing of Planning Board and Land Use Committee

Posted by at 7:59 pm on May 6, 2013

The key issue is allowing a larger supermarket in Assembly Square at a location that should be dedicated to high-rise office and R&D space.More…


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5/9/13 Green Line Extension Open House

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The Open House provides an opportunity to tour the new office, meet the GLX project team, get project updates, and provide feedback on the current state of the project. More…


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5/8/13 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by at 7:56 pm on

Agenda gives no specifics. There are committees on resident services, public safety, major projects, and finance. To find out the specifics, come and listen. More…


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5/7/13 Rules Committee Meeting as a Whole

Posted by at 10:53 pm on May 5, 2013

Agenda includes a rules change to make the replacement of Board members subject to time-limited community review. Selection of replacement by the previous Alderman has been controversial.


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5/2/13 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by at 10:21 pm on May 1, 2013

Agenda includes updates on Assembly Square and Union Square and takings and other actions in Union Square. More…


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4/30/13 Special Primary Election for U.S. Senator

Posted by at 10:33 pm on April 28, 2013

Historically, primary elections have low turnout, which sometimes results in suboptimal candidates. Be sure to show up!


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4/29/13 Somerville BOA Legislative Matters Committee Meeting

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Agenda includes a proposed home-rule petition to establish a Job Creation-Job Retention Trust, and a proposed ban on polystyrene containers in Somerville. More…


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4/27/13 Mayor’s Spring Clean Up

Posted by at 9:02 pm on April 21, 2013

Community cleanups provide the opportunity to help your community and meet other citizens over breakfast and barbeque. More…


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4/23/13 Somerville Conservation Commission Meeting

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Agenda includes an update on the construction of the Riverfront park at Assembly Square. More…


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4/23/13 HUD One Year Action Plan Public Hearing

Posted by at 7:58 pm on April 14, 2013

The HUD block grants are a very important source of funding for affordable housing in Somerville, yet very few people attend these hearings. More…


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4/17/13 Meetings on Ward 5 Alderman Replacement

Posted by at 7:54 pm on

The Alderman’s meeting could result in a vote the same night. This is the second Aldermanic appointment in the last few months. It might be worthwhile to attend and find out what’s happening.


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4/8/13 – 4/11/13 Comment on Transportation Bond Bills

Posted by at 9:29 pm on April 7, 2013

The Green Line Extension and Assembly Square T-Stop may be at risk if inadequate funding is provided. Make your views known. More…


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4/4/13 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 9:58 pm on April 1, 2013

Agenda includes four substantial residential projects and only a couple of small commercial projects. This is the wrong policy emphasis. More…


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4/18/13 Joint PB and Land Use Hearing on Supermarket Zoning

Posted by at 9:07 pm on March 24, 2013

Separating supermarkets from general merchandise and department stores in the use table could ensure that allowing a supermarket would allow a department store in the same location only by Special Permit. However, Special Permits are granted automatically if the Planning Board does not act. More…


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4/4/13 HUD One Year Action Plan Public Hearing

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The HUD block grants are a very important source of funding for affordable housing in Somerville. More…


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4/2/13 Somerville Land Use Committee Meeting

Posted by at 9:03 pm on

This meeting has been CANCELLED. More…


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3/26/13 Draw 7 Park Public Meeting

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Draw 7 Park, currently underutilized, will be an important amenity for the new neighborhood at Assembly Square. Come and participate. More…


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3/15/13 – 4/9/13 Comment Period for Union Square Urban Revitalization Plan ENF

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Remediation of contaminated industrial areas in the Union Square area has been an issue. It may be in your interest to comment on the Environmental Notification Form. More…


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3/11/13 Ethanol Transport Draft Findings Public Informational Meeting

Posted by at 8:12 pm on March 3, 2013

Trains carrying large amounts of flammable alcohol would pass through Somerville, including Porter Square, Brickbottom, East Broadway, and Assembly Square. More…


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3/5/13 Beacon Street Public Meeting

Posted by at 8:11 pm on

This project is controversial because the proposed cycle track could remove parking spaces. More…


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3/6/13 Transportation Finance Forum

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The state’s transportation infrastructure is long overdue for repairs and maintenance. Come to this forum to learn what options are on the table. More…


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2/26/13 Somerville Conservation Commission Meeting

Posted by at 7:56 pm on February 24, 2013

Agenda includes conditions upon Federal Realty for building a retail/food service building in block 2A and to build a mixed-use office building in block 2B within the 150 foot river setback. More…


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2/26/13 Somerville Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by at 9:01 pm on February 18, 2013

Agenda likely includes the purchase of real estate by the Redevelopment Authority (SRA) and any funds paid through SRA to Federal Realty (FRIT), and also the final agreement with FRIT about Yard 21 and whether covenants with IKEA and FRIT apply to future purchasers of the property. More…


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2/20/13 Innovative Finance: Creative Options to Fund Transportation in Massachusetts

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Massachusetts public transportation is perpetually strapped for cash. Innovative financing options might help. More…


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2/21/13 Somerville Planning Board Hearing

Posted by at 8:06 pm on February 10, 2013

Agenda includes a hearing on waivers and permits to allow Federal Realty to build a retail/food service building in block 2A and to build a mixed-use office building in block 2B within the 150 foot river setback. More…


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2/6/13 Public Hearing on Ethanol Train Routes

Posted by at 12:06 am on February 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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2/11/13, 3/18/13, 4/22/13 Somerville By Design: Complete Streets Series

Posted by at 7:43 pm on February 3, 2013

Agenda includes a presentation by Ian Lockwood and opportunities for citizen input ranging from spot improvements to larger scale network visioning. More…


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2/7/13 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

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Agenda includes approving the Assembly Row Storefront and Signage Design Standards. More…


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2/5/13 “Inlets” — The New Thinking Behind Outlets

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This panel discusses how Assembly Row’s outlet shopping stores are designed as part of an urban neighborhood. Program includes a hard-hat site tour of Assembly Row. More…


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1/31/13 Somerville Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by at 9:52 pm on January 30, 2013

Agenda includes two buildings on block 2 of Assembly Square. One is a food-service building and the other is a mixed-use building with retail and office uses. More…


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2/4/13 Beacon Street Reconstruction MassDOT Public Hearing

Posted by at 9:12 pm on January 27, 2013

Bicycle advocates turned out to the first meetings in support of a dedicated cycle track, which is opposed by neighborhood businesses. More…


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1/28/13 Beacon Street Reconstruction Meeting #4

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Bicycle advocates turned out to the first meetings in support of a dedicated cycle track, which is opposed by neighborhood businesses More…


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1/31/13 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Hearing on Union Square Acquisitions

Posted by at 5:32 pm on January 20, 2013

Land acquisition in Union Square is required for the Green Line T-Stop and for area redevelopment. Those involved should make sure their interests are met. More…


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1/24/13 Joint Public Hearing by Planning Board and Land Use Committee

Posted by at 8:16 pm on January 13, 2013

If a grocery store is built at the IKEA site, it should be on the first floor of a multi-story, high-value R&D building, otherwise the location is underutilized.


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1/10/13 Assembly Square PAC Meeting

Posted by at 8:59 pm on January 6, 2013

Federal Realty has acquired the IKEA site and is considering placing a grocery there. We need to preserve upper-story R&D space at the site as well as choose a good grocer.


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1/14/13 Public Hearing on Solid Waste and Asbestos Abatement Procedures

Posted by at 8:19 pm on January 1, 2013

Many Somerville houses still have asbestos insulation and cladding. Inhaled asbestos can cause cancer. Streamlining procedures will make removing it less expensive.


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1/8/13 Station Area Planning Event #3: Plan Presentation

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Come, look, listen, and participate. Neighbors and other stakeholders should assert their interests early rather than late.


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1/3/13 Board of Assessors Meeting

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Agenda includes reviewing and signing the FY 2013 tax abatements and exemptions.


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12/19/12 Conway Park Remediation Public Meeting

Posted by at 8:59 pm on December 16, 2012

The City is holding a public meeting to receive neighborhood input on the conclusion of remediating the Conway Park/15A Bleachery Court site. Soils at Conway Park were contaminated during construction of the new skating rink.


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12/11/12 Green Line Construction Kick-off!

Posted by at 8:38 pm on December 9, 2012

Governor Patrick, Secretary Davey, Congressman Capuano, Mayor Curtatone, and other state and local elected officials are holding a kickoff ceremony for construction of Phase I of Green Line extension. The shovels are going into the ground. The Green Line Extension is really happening!


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12/11/12 GLX Community Path Design Meeting

Posted by at 8:34 pm on

Bicyclists, pedestrians, and other users of the Community Path should come to this meeting and ask that the CPX crossing over the Fitchburg Line be designed in.


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12/12/12 Public Hearing on 2013 Somerville Housing Authority Annual Plan

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The SHA Annual Plan is a requirement of Federal funds for housing for low and moderate income families, the elderly, and the disabled.


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12/13/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

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Agenda includes a presentation of the FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.


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12/6/12 Special Somerville Board of Assessors Public Hearing

Posted by at 6:11 pm on December 2, 2012

This public hearing will affect property tax percentages for fiscal year 2013, giving revenue implications of various rates. Every Somerville property owner will be affected by this hearing.


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12/6/12 Rutherford Ave. Redesign Community Meeting

Posted by at 6:07 pm on

Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square are just over the Somerville line in Boston. Somervillians who use the Sullivan Square T-Stop should come to the meeting and participate.


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12/4/12 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by at 5:48 pm on

Agenda gives no specific issues, but includes resident concerns, major projects, and finance.


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11/28/12, 11/29/12 Station Area Planning Event #2: Design Meetings

Posted by at 7:45 pm on November 25, 2012

Come, look, listen, and participate. Neighbors and other stakeholders should assert their interests early rather than late.


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11/27/12, 11/29/12 Future of Transportation in MA Public Meetings

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Come and participate. These meetings are part of developing a badly needed long-term financing plan for the state’s transportation system.


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11/27/12 Somerville Conservation Commission Hearing

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Agenda includes a public hearing on an amendment to the Order of Conditions for the stormwater connections of block 2A of Assembly Row and a Notice of Intent for interim parking lots at blocks 5 and 6 of Assembly Row.


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11/20/12 Somerville Board of Assessors Public Hearing

Posted by at 8:56 pm on November 18, 2012

This public hearing will affect property tax percentages for fiscal year 2013, giving revenue implications of various rates. Every Somerville property owner will be affected by this hearing.


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11/19/12 Kenney Park Renovation Community Meeting

Posted by at 8:51 pm on

Davis Square neighbors should make their views known on the Kenney Park renovations.


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11/13/12 Beacon Street Reconstruction Meeting #3

Posted by at 8:17 pm on November 12, 2012

Beacon Street Reconstruction Meeting #3 Tue. Nov. 13 6:00 – 8:00 PM John F. Kennedy Elementary School Cafeteria 5 Cherry St. Somerville MA (map) This is a community meeting on proposed changes to Beacon Street called by the Somerville Office of Strat…


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11/15/12 Ward 6 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by at 6:38 pm on November 11, 2012

Agenda likely includes discussing the Community Preservation Act, the coming Green Line Extension, the Davis Square Visioning process, and the Porter Square Visioning process.


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11/14/12 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by at 6:35 pm on

Agenda will likely include discussing the implications of the passage of the Community Preservation Act as well as citizen concerns about services and public safety.


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11/14/12 Historic Preservation Commission Working Group Meeting

Posted by at 6:32 pm on

Agenda likely includes discussing the implications of the passage of the Community Preservation Act on revisions to the Historic Preservation Commission Guidelines.


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11/13/12 Beacon Street Reconstruction Meeting #3

Posted by at 6:27 pm on

Bicycle advocates have turned out to the first two meetings in support of a dedicated cycle track.


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11/6/12 VOTE! Local, State, and National Elections

Posted by at 1:59 pm on October 28, 2012

VOTE! In addition to the Presidential and Senatorial elections we all know about, there are seven initiatives on the ballot.


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11/5/12 Peer-to-Peer Politics: Moving Beyond Left and Right

Posted by at 1:55 pm on

2012 election year rhetoric features “The market versus the state”, “Big capital versus big government”, and so on. What about creating a web of collaboration where no one is in charge because everyone is in charge?


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10/29/12 Sustainable Streets: New York City’s New Public Space Vision

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Andy Wiley-Schwartz will join Visiting Scholar Aaron Naparstek to discuss a groundbreaking approach to urban planning and design that has led to the construction of more than 50 new plazas and 21 acres of new public space in New York.


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10/23/12 Winter Hill/Magoun Square Neighborhood Plan Meeting

Posted by at 3:57 pm on October 14, 2012

Winter Hill/Magoun Square Neighborhood Plan Meeting

Tues. Oct. 23 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Winter Hill Community School
115 Sycamore St.
Somerville MA (map)

Flyer (PDF)


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10/18/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 3:49 pm on

Agenda includes the presentation to the Planning Board of the RA/RB Report, which recommends changes to make residential zoning more comprehensible and consistent with the Comprehensive Plan.


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10/15/12 Beacon Street Reconstruction Meeting

Posted by at 5:17 pm on October 7, 2012

This meeting is intended to solicit input from the community on ideas for reconstructing Beacon Street. Changes to Beacon Street can affect people from Porter Square to Inman Square.


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10/17/12 Station Area Planning Event #1: Visioning Session

Posted by at 4:08 pm on

The first of three events focused on the future of Gilman Square, Lowell Street, and Ball Square. Come, listen, and participate. Neighbors and other stakeholders should assert their interests early rather than late.


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10/9/12 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by at 3:58 pm on

This is a special meeting of the Somerville Redevelopment Authority. The agenda is to approve the 2012 Union Square Revitalization Plan as amended by the BOA on Oct. 2, 2012.


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10/4/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 6:15 pm on September 30, 2012

Agenda includes resolving two continued Special Permits for parking in Assembly Square.


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10/4/12 HUD Consolidated Annual Performance Report

Posted by at 6:09 pm on

Come and ask questions. The Federal HUD block grants are a very important source of funding for affordable housing in Somerville.


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10/2/12 Special Meeting of Somerville BOA on Union Square Revitalization Plan

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This is a special meeting of the Somerville Board of Aldermen to discuss and vote on the revised Union Square Revitalization Plan. Come and observe. Citizen presence is the most important check and balance in governance.


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9/25/12 Somerville Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by at 5:05 pm on September 23, 2012

Agenda includes a discussion and possible vote on the Union Square Revitalization Plan.


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9/18/12 Beacon Street Reconstruction Kickoff Meeting

Posted by at 6:00 pm on September 16, 2012

This meeting is called by the Somerville OSPCD to describe planned changes to Beacon Street. Changes to Beacon Street can affect people from Porter Square to Inman Square.


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9/20/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

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Agenda will likely include parking lots in Assembly Square in addition to routine cases.


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9/24/12 Davis Square Streetscape Improvements Meeting

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This is the fifth in a series of meetings on proposed changes to Davis Square. Participation is important for a satisfactory outcome.


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10/10/12 MVTF 2012 Annual Meeting

Posted by at 7:37 pm on September 9, 2012

Key issues are responding to IKEA’s withdrawal from Assembly Square and monitoring the City’s progress with the Comprehensive Plan.


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9/19/12 Public Hearing on Union Square Revitalization Plan

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Agenda includes a Public Hearing on the Union Square Revitalization Plan and discussion by the Board of Aldermen meeting as a whole.


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9/13/12 Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting as a Whole

Posted by at 5:30 pm on

Agenda includes committee approval of Union Square Revitalization Plan and possible rescheduling of Public Hearing.


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9/12/12 MassDOT and MBTA Board of Directors Meeting

Posted by at 5:22 pm on

The MBTA and the MassDOT are holding their board meeting in Somerville City Hall. Agenda likely includes the Green Line Extension and the Assembly Square Orange Line T-Stop.


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10/10/12 MVTF Annual Meeting

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Dear MVTF Supporters, In 2012, Assembly Square is waking up. The new Assembly Square Drive is open, and the MBTA has begun building the Orange Line T-Stop at Assembly Square. Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT) and Avalon Bay are building mixed-use …


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9/18/12 MassDOT Public Transit Improvements Public Hearings

Posted by at 1:12 pm on August 25, 2012

The status of the Green Line Extension project, among others, will be presented.


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8/29/12 Somerville Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by at 12:50 pm on

Agenda includes report on whether covenants with IKEA and FRIT apply to future purchasers of the IKEA site at Assembly Square. Approval of Union Square Revitalization Plan.


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8/21/12 Somerville Historic Preservation Commission Meeting

Posted by at 4:55 pm on August 19, 2012

Agenda includes routine modifications and demolitions, the proposed guidelines changes, and the Assembly Row Historic Enhancement Project.


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8/23/12 Somerville Planning Board Hearing

Posted by at 4:23 pm on August 12, 2012

Agenda likely includes a Special Permit for parking lots in Assembly Square blocks 5 and 6 to serve retail in blocks 1, 3, 4.


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8/20/12 Somerville Historic Preservation Commission Working Group Meeting

Posted by at 4:10 pm on

Agenda includes discussing revisions to the Historic Preservation Commission Guidelines.


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8/13/12 East Broadway Streetscape Project Public Meeting

Posted by at 4:06 pm on

Broadway is a key commercial corridor in Somerville. Its urban design can improve the commercial potential of the neighborhood as well as its livability.


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8/13/12 Somerville Conservation Commission Meeting

Posted by at 4:02 pm on

Agenda includes the Assembly Square riverfront park along the Mystic between Rt. 28 and the Winter Hill Yacht Club.


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8/2/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 4:50 pm on July 15, 2012

Agenda includes changes to the Assembly Row Special Permits requesting more parking spaces for blocks 4, 5, 6.


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7/26/12 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by at 4:47 pm on

Agenda includes the Assembly Square 2002 Revitalization Plan authorization for a Minor Plan Change naming the IKEA parcel as an Acquisition Parcel and Disposition Parcel.


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2012-2015 TIP Amendment Two Comment Period and Meeting

Posted by at 4:28 pm on

Plan includes money for extending the Somerville Community Path from Cedar Street to Lowell Street and money for the Green Line Extension to College Avenue and Union Square. To show support for these plans, send e-mail to publicinformation@ctps.org.


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6/26, 7/17, 8/7 Davis Square Streetscape Improvements Public Meetings

Posted by at 5:02 pm on June 24, 2012

Public participation on city square improvements is essential to their success.


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6/25/12 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by at 4:58 pm on

Agenda includes the Assembly Square 2002 Revitalization Plan, the Union Square Revitalization Plan, and the proposed SRA website.


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6/21, 6/26, 7/17, 8/7/12 Davis Square Streetscape Improvements Public Meetings

Posted by at 4:52 pm on June 17, 2012

Public participation on city square improvements is essential to their success.


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6/21/12 Somerville Board of Aldermen Budget Hearing

Posted by at 4:44 pm on

Where does the money come from and where does it go?


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6/12/12 Statewide Day of Action for Transit Justice

Posted by at 3:42 pm on June 10, 2012

Fare hikes and service cuts hurt economically depressed areas first. Somerville will only get its transportation needs met if the legislature adequately funds the MBTA and other mass transit.


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6/14/12 Affordable Housing Trust Fund Meeting

Posted by at 3:37 pm on

Agenda not available. The Trust manages payments made in lieu of affordable housing units required by the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance, along with revenues from loans made by the Trust.


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6/13/12 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by at 2:33 pm on

The agenda includes resident concerns and reports of the executive director and committees.


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6/7/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 10:23 pm on June 4, 2012

Agenda includes ordinance changes to support urban agriculture in Somerville, including farming on municipal land.


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6/19/12 Somerville Historic Preservation Commission Meeting

Posted by at 5:19 pm on June 3, 2012

Public notice includes a proposed demolition of 336 Summer St., currently designated as historically “significant”.


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6/12/12 Boston Region MPO Public Meeting (Boston)

Posted by at 5:11 pm on

The air quality determination governs whether the state is required to do all of the Green Line Extension or whether it can quit early.


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6/11/12 Transportation Summit

Posted by at 5:07 pm on

Somerville will only get its transportation needs met if the legislature adequately funds the MBTA and other mass transit.

For more information, see MPO Transportation Im


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6/6/12 Somerville Conservation Commission Meeting

Posted by at 5:03 pm on

Public notice includes a hearing on activities to remove the invasive water chestnut plant in the Mystic River.


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5/29/12 Ward 6 Resistat Meeting

Posted by at 12:49 pm on May 28, 2012

Ward 6. which includes Davis Square and part of Porter Square, may be affected by the proposed zoning change for Elm Street and Somerville Avenue.


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5/31/12 McCarthy Overpass Community Meeting

Posted by at 7:09 pm on May 20, 2012

Turning McGrath Highway back into a boulevard would relink parts of Somerville that have long been severed.


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5/30/12 Assembly Square PAC Meeting

Posted by at 7:07 pm on

Assembly Row and Assembly Square T-Stop development has started. It’s time to move ahead with the Transportation Mitigation Plan.


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5/23/12 Assembly Orange Line T-Stop Community Meeting

Posted by at 7:33 pm on May 13, 2012

Managing neighborhood impacts is necessary for the success of the Assembly Square T-Stop project.


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5/22/12 Public Meeting on Green Line Retaining/Noise Walls

Posted by at 7:32 pm on

Managing neighborhood impacts is necessary for the success of the Green Line Extension project.


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5/17/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 7:29 pm on

Public notice includes an ordinance amending the Somerville zoning code to encourage urban agriculture.


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5/8/12 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by at 2:46 pm on May 6, 2012

Agenda includes the acquisition of 258 Somerville Ave., the status of Assembly Square and Union Square, and the creation of a web page for the SRA.


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5/7/12 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by at 2:41 pm on

Agenda includes the FY 2012 budget.


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5/15/12 Reclaiming neighborhoods: Better living with less traffic

Posted by at 9:26 pm on April 29, 2012

Turning McGrath Highway back into a boulevard would relink parts of Somerville that have long been severed.


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5/9/12 HUD One Year Action Plan Public Hearing (2 of 2)

Posted by at 9:23 pm on

The HUD block grants are a very important source of funding for affordable housing in Somerville.


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5/3/12 Boston MPO Meeting

Posted by at 9:18 pm on

Agenda includes expansion of South Station (may replace the Grand Union project), and changes to the Draft Long Range Plan (currently still includes the Rt. 16 Green Line stop).


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4/30/12 Assembly Row Groundbreaking Ceremony

Posted by at 9:12 pm on

Ceremony marks the start of retail/residential construction of Phase I of the Assembly Square mixed-use development.


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Copy of e-mail to Nancy Busnach, Chair, Somerville Redevelopment Authority

Posted by at 8:36 pm on

Now that the Somerville Comprehensive Plan has been endorsed by the city and adopted by the Planning Board, I would like to pass along a suggestion.


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4/30/12 Assembly Row Groundbreaking Ceremony

Posted by at 8:15 pm on

Assembly Row Groundbreaking Ceremony Mon. Apr. 30 10:30 – 11:30 AM Assembly Square Foley St. at Assembly Square Drive Somerville MA (map) Federal Realty and the City of Somerville are sponsoring a formal groundbreaking ceremony for the Assembly Row d…


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4/27/12 Public Meeting on Environmental Mediation at Conway Park

Posted by at 6:01 pm on April 22, 2012

Environmental mediation in a densely populated city like Somerville is important for public health.


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4/24/12 Ward 1 Resistat Meeting

Posted by at 5:56 pm on

The ResiStat meetings provide an opportunity for citizens to hear what the city government is doing and for the city government to hear citizen’s concerns.


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4/25/12 HUD One Year Action Plan Public Hearing (1 of 2)

Posted by at 7:00 pm on April 15, 2012

The HUD block grants are a very important source of funding for affordable housing in Somerville.


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4/25/12 Design Public Hearing on Gilman Street Bridge (McGrath Highway)

Posted by at 6:55 pm on

The Gilman Street bridge design must be consistent with the Gilman Square Green Line T-Stop.


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4/19/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 10:31 pm on April 8, 2012

Agenda includes adopting the Somerville Comprehensive Plan.


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4/12/12 Somerville Board of Aldermen Meeting

Posted by at 10:22 pm on

Agenda likely includes a resolution of support for the Somerville Comprehensive Plan.


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4/9/12 Somerville Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by at 10:20 pm on

Agenda includes Magoun Square, Union Square, and the Somerville Comprehensive Plan.


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4/4, 4/19, 4/25 Inner Belt Symposium

Posted by at 5:49 pm on April 1, 2012

The Inner Belt Symposium The Role of Planners Working with Community Groups Wed. Apr. 4 6:00 – 8:00 PM MIT Room 32-155 The Stata Center 32 Vassar St. Cambridge MA (map) The Community Organizers Thurs. Apr. 19 6:00 – 8:00 PM Lecture Hall Cam…


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4/4/12 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by at 5:43 pm on

Agenda includes five antenna proposals: 844 McGrath Hwy., 331-333 Broadway, 49 Davis Sq., 15 Weston Ave., 114 Highland Ave.


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4/4, 4/19, 4/25 Inner Belt Symposium

Posted by at 1:08 pm on

The Inner Belt struggle was the first time Boston-area neighborhoods stood up for their own interests with regard to transportation improvements.


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4/16/12 London || Tucson: The Art and Politics of Urban Transformation

Posted by at 9:10 pm on March 25, 2012

This session explores how progressive transportation and planning policies can strengthen a city’s economy, encourage exciting new urban development, and improve quality of life and long-term sustainability.


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4/9/12 Wikicity: How Web-Enabled, Citizen-Driven Planning and Design is Changing the City

Posted by at 9:03 pm on

This session explores how grassroots, Internet-empowered “tactical urbanism” concepts are changing the way we plan, design and program urban public space.


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3/26/12 Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by at 6:19 pm on

Agenda includes Magoun Square, Union Square, Somerville Avenue, planned bridge repairs by Mass DOT, and the Comprehensive Plan.


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4/5/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 4:44 pm on March 18, 2012

Agenda includes Assembly Square Blocks 1 and 4 and small changes to the Assembly Square PUD. Adopting the Somerville Comprehensive Plan may be deferred.


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3/29/12 Somerville Joint Land Use/Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by at 4:42 pm on

This is a joint meeting of the BOA Land Use and Housing and Community Development Committees. The agenda includes adopting the Somerville Comprehensive Plan.


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3/15/12 Somerville Joint BOA and Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 9:19 pm on March 12, 2012

Agenda includes evaluating whether the City should adopt the Somerville Comprehensive Plan.


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3/26/12 Become a Super Designer! Get Planning & Transportation, Save the City

Posted by at 2:54 pm on March 11, 2012

Progressive urban planning requires not only urban transformation, but also neighborhood enhancement and conservation.


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3/21/12 Green Line Extension Public Meeting: Ball Square and College Avenue

Posted by at 2:50 pm on

Public participation in designing neighborhood T-stops is essential to their success. Come and make your views known.


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3/14/12 Rally at MBTA Board Meeting

Posted by at 2:42 pm on

Join Mass Senior Action in telling the MBTA…”Bail Out the Riders, Build Massachusetts!”


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3/21/12 Somerville BOA Land Use Committee Meeting

Posted by at 2:27 pm on

Agenda includes a change to the definition of pervious area that could bar completely paving new construction. (Note: Rescheduled from 3/13/12.)


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3/13/12 MAPC Panel Discussion: Transportation and the Economy

Posted by at 2:24 pm on

Massachusetts public transit is grossly underfunded. How do we address this problem? (Note: Morning event.)


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3/7/12 T-Stop Design Workshop – Gilman Square & Lowell Street Stations

Posted by at 8:16 pm on March 5, 2012

Public participation in designing neighborhood T-stops is essential to their success. Come and make your views known.


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3/22/12 HUD One Year Action Plan – Public Hearing

Posted by at 2:54 pm on March 4, 2012

Next to road repairs, community housing has the most immediate effect of all City programs on the day to day lives of Somerville residents. Come and make your views known.


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3/20/12 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by at 2:51 pm on

Agenda includes status reports on Assembly Square and the Green Line Extension, acquisition of 258 Somerville Ave.


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3/12/12 Somerville BOA Land Use Committee Meeting

Posted by at 2:48 pm on

Agenda includes the proposed rezoning of Somerville Ave. and Elm St. between Porter and Wilson Squares, which is controversial.


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3/7/12 Grounding McGrath Working Group Meeting

Posted by at 2:43 pm on

The McGrath overpass cuts Somerville in pieces. A boulevard would work better with the new Green Line T-Stop at Union Square.


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2/29/12 2012 Community-Wide Assembly

Posted by at 12:59 pm on February 26, 2012

Community corridor planning is essential to making the best use of the new Green Line T-Stops. Come and make your voices heard.


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2/29/12 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by at 12:55 pm on

Agenda includes routine variances, such as 143-145 Cedar St. (10 unit residential), 11-15 Holland St. (fast-food restaurant), 39-43 Elmwood (3 buildings, 9 unit residential).


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2/28/12 Conservation Commission Meeting

Posted by at 12:51 pm on

Agenda includes Assembly Square Order of Conditions (OOC) for changes to Block 3 and to Shore Drive in Ten Hills.


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2/23/12 Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by at 7:18 pm on February 20, 2012

Agenda not available (2/20/12). The Design Review Committee provides design criteria, guidance and recommendations to permit applicants. Its mandate is to maintain and enhance the natural, aesthetic, and cultural heritage of the City and to preserve the value of land and buildings.


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2/28/12, 2/29/12 MBTA Fare and Service Proposal Meetings

Posted by at 5:33 pm on February 13, 2012

MBTA service cuts and fare hikes hit everyone in Somerville. Come and make your views known.


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2/16/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 5:16 pm on

Agenda includes a hearing for a small R & D use (230 Somerville Ave).


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2/15/12 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by at 5:13 pm on

Agenda includes routine variances and, in executive session, a discussion of current litigation regarding 369-371 Beacon St.


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2/2/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 3:57 pm on January 29, 2012

Agenda includes further discussion and possible vote on the Porter Square/Wilson Square zoning change, which has proved controversial.


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Beat Report: 1/19/12 Finance Committee Meeting of the Whole

Posted by at 11:39 am on January 21, 2012

Mayor Curtatone announced memo of agreement with Firefighters Local 76 deferring retroactive payments to next fiscal year. This agreement means no layoffs this fiscal year (including closing West Branch Library). Asked for executive session to discuss next steps, and continuing negotiations with fire alarm operators.


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1/25/12 Green Line Extension Corridor-Wide Public Meeting

Posted by at 8:01 pm on January 15, 2012

Agenda includes the early bridge and demolition package, affecting the Medford Street Rail Bridge (Somerville), the Harvard Street Rail Bridge (Medford), and 21 Water Street (Cambridge).


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1/18/12 Somerville Housing Authority

Posted by at 7:58 pm on

Agenda includes resident concerns and report of committees on Resident Services, Public Safety, Safety, Major Projects, and Finance.


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1/19/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

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Agenda includes further discussion and possible vote on the Porter Square/Wilson Square zoning change, which has proved controversial.


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1/18/12 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by at 7:41 pm on

Agenda includes (16 Linden St.) a variance to add a 5-unit residence to a lot that already has a 3-unit structure and (485 Mystic Valley Pkwy.) convert the Mystic Water Works property into 60 affordable housing units.


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1/12/12 Somerville Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by at 9:18 pm on January 8, 2012

Agenda not available (1/1/12). The Design Review Committee provides design criteria, guidance and recommendations to permit applicants. Its mandate is to maintain and enhance the natural, aesthetic, and cultural heritage of the City and to preserve the value of land and buildings.


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1/10/12 Minuteman Bikeway Arlington Public Meeting

Posted by at 2:35 pm on January 1, 2012

This meeting will present five options for fixing the break in the Minuteman Trail at Mass Ave. and Rt. 60 in Arlington Center, which forces bicyclists onto the streets and sidewalks.


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1/5/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

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Agenda includes the proposed zoning changes to Somerville Avenue from Wilson Square to Porter Square, White Street, and Elm Street from White Street to Wilson Square. “What’s in it for us?”


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1/4/12 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

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Agenda includes converting the existing Mystic Water Works into a 25 unit affordable housing apartment building.


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12/15/11 – 1/31/12 Comment Period for Porter Square Zoning Change

Posted by at 10:09 pm on December 18, 2011

The City of Somerville is proposing zoning changes to Somerville Avenue from Wilson Square to Porter Square, White Street, and Elm Street from White Street to Wilson Square. While this zoning change can bring definite benefits to the city in tax revenue, some abutters are asking “What’s in it for us?”


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12/15/11 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by at 9:48 pm on December 11, 2011

According to state law, Redevelopment Authorities are empowered to buy and sell property, acquire property through eminent domain, and grant tax concessions. Agenda not available (12/11/11).


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12/15/11 Somerville Planning Board and Land Use Committee Joint Hearing

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Agenda includes zoning changes to set minimum pervious area requirements and to modify zoning maps for Somerville Ave. from WIlson Square to Porter Square, White St., and Elm St.


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12/14/11 Green Line Extension Public Meeting

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Public participation in station designs is essential to making them work with the neighborhoods.


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12/14/11 MBTA Capital Investment Program Public Hearing

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The CIP includes the Green Line Extension and the Assembly Square T-Stop.


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12/14/11 MWRA Board of Directors Meeting

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Agenda includes contract awards and (in executive session) watershed land acquisition approval and ratification of collective bargaining agreements with Steelworkers and Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers and Scientists.


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11/23/11 – 12/30/11 Comment Period for Mystic Valley Parkway Green Line Extension Visioning Report

Posted by at 10:23 pm on December 4, 2011

Continuing the Green Line Extension to Mystic Valley Parkway will complete the integration of West Somerville and Medford into the Green Line.


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12/8/11 Grand Junction Commuter Rail Feasibility Study Public Meeting

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Light rail mass transit is a good thing, but directing commuter rail trains, including diesel trains, through the middle of Cambridge is controversial.


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12/8/11 Somerville Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by at 6:45 pm on

This is the regular meeting of the Somerville Design Review Committee. Agenda not available (12/4/11).


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12/7/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Public Hearing

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Agenda includes 343-351 Summer St., a controversial development that includes residential and a replacement for the existing VFW club.


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12/7/11 Green Line Extension Design Working Group

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Interactive Somerville is running a design competition for the area around the proposed Gilman Square station.


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12/7/11 Mystic River Watershed Steering Committee Meeting

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This is the regular meeting of the Mystic River Watershed Steering Committee. This committee, sponsored by the Federal EPA, works to improve water quality and environmental conditions in the Mystic River watershed. Agenda not available (12/4/11).


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12/6/11 Mystic River Reservation Riverfront Park Improvements Public Meeting

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The Mystic Riverfront Park upgrades are a big part of the improvements to Assembly Square resulting from the Assembly Square PUD.


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12/1/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 10:54 pm on November 29, 2011

Agenda contains 379 Somerville Ave., signage for a by-right restaurant.


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12/1/11 Board of Assessors Meeting

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Agenda not available (11/29/11). This meeting will most likely discuss property tax percentages for fiscal year 2012.


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11/30/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by at 7:57 pm on November 27, 2011

Agenda includes 485 Mystic Valley Pkwy, a project converting the exising Mystic Water Works into 25 affordable units of housing and replacing an existing office building with 35 affordable units.


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11/28/11 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

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Agenda includes the acquisition of 258 Somerville Ave. and updates on Assembly Square and Union Square. Note: the Somerville Redevelopment Authority does not have a web page.


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11/22/11 Somerville Board of Assessors Public Hearing

Posted by at 4:19 pm on November 20, 2011

This public hearing will affect property tax percentages for fiscal year 2012, giving revenue implications of various rates. Every Somerville property owner will be affected by this hearing.


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11/22/11 Conservation Commission Meeting

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Agenda includes an update on the Order of Conditions for Assembly Square and a new fence for the Bike Path Community Garden.


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11/22/11 Design Review Committee Meeting

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Agenda includes 343-351 Summer St., a mixed-use building including a new VFW hall near Davis Square.


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11/14/11 Launch Party for interactivesomerville.org

Posted by at 5:11 pm on November 13, 2011

Attend the launch party for interactivesomeville.org, a new forum for discussions about the Green Line Extension and other events. Managing the GLX extension and its integration with the community requires public participation.


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11/21/11 Public Hearing on Community Path Design

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This is a first look at the proposed design for the Community Path. All concerned with the path and the Green Line Extension should show up and comment.


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11/17/11 Planning Board Meeting

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Agenda includes an update on the Somerville Comprehensive Plan and a signage change at a restaurant at 379 Somerville Ave. Note change of venue.


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11/15/11 Assembly Square Station Project Meeting

Posted by at 7:59 pm on November 6, 2011

It is very important that the public catch up with the Assembly Square T-stop project progress and decisions.


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Proposed Rights-of-Way Federal Guidelines Comment Period

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The comment period ends 11/23/11. This is your chance to provide input to Federal guidelines on access by persons with disabilities.


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Fall Resistat Community Meetings

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These meetings are an important way to make your needs known to Somerville government. Show up and make your voice heard.


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11/2/11 MBTA Community Meeting

Posted by at 10:31 pm on October 31, 2011

This meeting is called by the MBTA to discuss temporary changes in Red Line Service due to construction from Harvard to Alewife Station. The Red Line is a crucial connection between West Somerville and the rest of Boston. If you need it, find out what’s going on.


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10/25/11 Conservation Commission Meeting

Posted by at 8:02 pm on October 23, 2011

Agenda includes Assembly Square Blocks 1 and 4 and sewer and drain work in Ten Hills. This work helps fulfill the financial conditions needed for the success of the Assembly Square DIF and iCubed programs.


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10/25/11 Mystic River Watershed Association Annual Meeting

Posted by at 8:00 pm on

Melissa Hoffer of the Conservation Law Foundation will speak on the role of legal advocacy in environmental protection and restoration.


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10/26/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

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The group will review the draft comprehensive plan document and discuss the stakeholder’s presentation.


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10/27/11 Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by at 7:55 pm on

This is the regular meeting of the Somerville Design Review Committee. Agenda not posted (10/23/11).


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11/2/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

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Agenda includes 16 Linden St., constructing 5 dwelling units on a lot with 3 existing units for a total of 8.


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11/3/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 7:50 pm on

Agenda includes a special permit for dry boat storage at 74 Foley Street in Assembly Square, possibly for boats from the Winter Hill Yacht Club.


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10/19/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by at 5:29 pm on October 16, 2011

Agenda includes 343-351 Summer St. for a special permit to develop a new two to three story mixed-use building consisting of a VFW hall and 31 residential units.


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10/20/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 5:27 pm on

Agenda includes Assembly Square Block 3, a Special Permit for two levels of retail and restaurant, including a 12-screen cinema, with residential above. This development helps fulfil the financial conditions needed for the success of the Assembly Square DIF and iCubed programs.


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11/2/11 Mystic Valley Parkway Green Line Extension Final Public Meeting

Posted by at 8:38 pm on October 9, 2011

Completing the Green Line Extension to Route 16 is essential to Somerville’s future. Make your voice heard.


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10/20/11 Green Line Extension Environmental Assessment and Public Comment Period

Posted by at 8:36 pm on

This hearing is preceded at 6:00 by a Shovel Ready Rally and Mock Groundbreaking in front of Somerville High School to protest Green Line delays. It is essential that the Green Line Extension be carried out on time with responsible attention to environmental impacts.


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10/18/11 Charlestown Neighborhood Council Meeting

Posted by at 8:32 pm on

The Surface Option presented accommodates traffic from the redevelopment of Assembly Square in Somerville (IKEA). We should support it.


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10/12/11 Green Line Public Workshop on Maintenance Facility

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The Maintenance Facility is currently located at Option L, as far as possible from Brickbottom. This is a good opportunity to weigh in on this design.


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10/11/11 Key Bus Route Improvement Program: Bus Route 77

Posted by at 8:27 pm on

Route 77 connects Porter Square, which adjoins Cambridge, with Harvard, Central, and Kendall Squares, along with Boston and Arlington. If you live near Porter Square, this can affect you directly.


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10/5/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by at 1:49 pm on October 1, 2011

Agenda includes 343-351 Summer St. developing a new two to three story mixed-use building consisting of a VFW hall and 31 residential units.


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10/6/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 6:58 pm on September 25, 2011

Agenda includes public hearings on proposed developments at Blocks 1 and 4 of Assembly Square. These developments help fulfill the financial conditions needed for the success of the Assembly Square DIF and iCubed programs.


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9/29/11 Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by at 6:34 pm on

Agenda likely includes Assembly Square mixed use buildings on Block 3, including a cinema. These proposals help fulfill the financial conditions needed for the success of the Assembly Square DIF and iCubed programs.


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9/26/11 Assembly Square Public Advisory Committee Meeting

Posted by at 6:32 pm on

Agenda will likely include the Avalon Bay developments at Blocks, 1, 3, and 4 and may include prospects for further development.


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10/5/11 Mystic View Task Force Annual Meeting

Posted by at 7:21 am on September 19, 2011

We will present a summary of the City’s almost finished Comprehensive Plan, followed by discussion. The plan is the product of over two years of work by the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee.


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9/19/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

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The group will review the zoning change maps, begin to review the comprehensive plan draft document, and create a map describing future transportation improvements.


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9/22/11 Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by at 6:54 pm on September 18, 2011

Agenda likely includes Assembly Square mixed use buildings on Block 3, including a cinema. These proposals help fulfill the financial conditions needed for the success of the Assembly Square DIF and iCubed programs.


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9/22/11 Somerville Community Path Workshop

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Extending the Community Path along the proposed Green Line spur will encourage people to bike and walk through central Somerville.


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What Is the Boston MPO and Why Is It Important?

Posted by at 7:29 pm on September 11, 2011

The Boston MPO is a Federally-mandated organization responsible for conducting transportation planning for the Boston region. Among other documents, it produces a yearly Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP), which allocates funding for transportation improvements. A project must be included in the TIP to receive Federal funds. The Green Line Extension has been omitted from the 2012-2015 TIP. As a result, Massachusetts is in danger of losing its Federal transportation funding.


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9/21/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by at 5:51 pm on

The agenda includes 149-151 Washington St. seeking a Special Permit with Design Review to establish a tattoo parlor.


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9/18/11 Walking Tour of Union Square

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Free walking tour highlighting American Tube Works complex, workers’ housing in Duck Village, and brick row houses along Summer Street with refreshments served at India Palace.


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9/22/11 Boston Region MPO Meeting – MPO vote on TIP and LRTP

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At this meeting the MPO will vote on whether to ignore the needs of Somerville and Medford residents and push back the Green Line Extension to 2018.


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9/20/11 Grounding McGrath: Public Information Meeting

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An important improvement to McGrath Highway would be to return it to its original concept, as a ground-level boulevard with predestrian crossings.


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9/8/11 Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by at 8:05 pm on September 6, 2011

Agenda includes Assembly Square mixed use buildings on Blocks 1, 3, and 4, including a cinema. These proposals help fulfill the financial conditions needed for the success of the Assembly Square DIF and iCubed programs.


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9/13/11 DEP Public Meeting on Green Line Delay

Posted by at 9:41 pm on September 5, 2011

This is a critical meeting to give your comments on the Green Line extension delay. If you can’t attend either meeting, please send your comments by Sept 13.


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9/15/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 9:01 pm on

The agenda should include removing a loading area from the Block 10 restaurant at 133 Middlesex Avenue in Assembly Square.


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9/15/11 Walking Routes to the Mystic River

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MAPC is working with neighboring communities to create a network of safe walking routes to connect neighborhoods with the lower Mystic River, Chelsea Creek, Mill Creek, and the Malden River. You can help.


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9/14/11 Porter Square Visioning – Community Meeting

Posted by at 8:55 pm on

At this meeting, the city will present a proposed rezoning map depicting zoning changes that will allow for mixed-use development in the key gateways of the Porter and Wilson Square areas.


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9/14/11 Come Shape McGrath/O’Brien Redesign Goals

Posted by at 11:05 pm on August 29, 2011

It is important to reunite neighborhoods, lower traffic speeds, and add more trees to make McGrath Hwy a boulevard.


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9/6/11 and 9/7/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meetings

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The agenda includes upgrades to a building on 70 Inner Belt Road.


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9/1/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 11:00 pm on

The agenda includes removing a loading area from the Block 10 restaurant at 133 Middlesex Avenue in Assembly Square.


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8/8/11 – 9/13/11 FY 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Comment Period

Posted by at 10:58 pm on

The Green Line Extension, a legal obligation of the Commonwealth, has been dropped from the 2012-2015 TIP and delayed until 2018. This not only deprives Somerville of long-needed transit access, it jeopardizes the state’s access to Federal transportation funding.


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8/17/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by at 2:15 pm on August 7, 2011

The agenda includes a continuance of the review of 343 – 351 Summer St. (site of the existing George Dilboy VFW Post #529) to August 24.


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8/10/11 Regional Transportation Advisory Council Meeting

Posted by at 2:10 pm on

The agenda includes a staff update on transportation plans for the Boston region, and most likely includes postponing the Green Line Extension another 5 years.


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8/3/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by at 8:51 pm on July 24, 2011

The agenda includes 343 – 351 Summer St. (site of the existing George Dilboy VFW Post #529) to build a new two to three story mixed-use building consisting of a VFW hall and 31 residential units with parking lot.


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7/20/11 – 8/20/11 Comment Period on Assembly Square Riverfront Park Plans

Posted by at 8:49 pm on

Check out the conceptual proposals and make your views known. Written comments submitted will be posted on the DCR website.


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WalMart Wants to Come to Assembly Square

Posted by at 2:32 pm on

According to articles in the Boston Globe, Somerville Journal, Somerville Patch, and Boston Herald this week, WalMart wants to open “a grocery store” at the site of the defunct Circuit City next to Home Depot…


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7/20/11 Public Meeting on Improvements to Assembly Square Riverfront Park

Posted by at 8:17 pm on July 17, 2011

This is a good chance for Somerville residents to help improve our river frontage in Assembly Square.


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7/14/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 10:37 pm on July 1, 2011

The agenda includes a public hearing on another extension of the IKEA permits and a continuation of the 378-390 Somerville Avenue development, which is controversial.


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7/13/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by at 10:35 pm on

Among other business, extending a permit to replace a one-story commercial structure at 292 Beacon Street with a larger 2-1/2 story commercial and residential development.


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6/27/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 7:33 pm on June 26, 2011

The agenda includes a (continued) public hearing for final approval of the PUD for Assembly Square Block 10 and a hearing for constructing a restaurant on the site. The 378-390 Somerville Avenue hearing is being continued to July 14.


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6/20/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee

Posted by at 7:17 pm on June 19, 2011

The agenda includes annotating city maps with possible locations of transformational districts, neighborhood infill districts, and other land use categories.


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6/23/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 2:09 pm on June 12, 2011

The agenda includes a (continued) public hearing for final approval of the PUD for Assembly Square Block 10 and also a hearing for constructing a restaurant in Assembly Square.


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6/22/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by at 2:05 pm on

Among other business, the agenda includes converting an auto parts warehouse business to personal trainer and artist studios.


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6/13/11 Design Review Committee Meeting

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Among other business, the agenda includes reviewing the PUD for Assembly Square Block 10 and a proposed restaurant in Assembly Square.


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6/25/11 Inner Belt Brickbottom Plan Public Meeting and Walkshop

Posted by at 12:14 pm on June 4, 2011

The Inner Belt, soon to have a new Green Line T-Stop, is one of the few locations in Somerville still available for transformation into an economic powerhouse for Somerville.


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6/9/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 7:09 pm on May 30, 2011

The agenda includes a public hearing for final approval of the PUD for Assembly Square Block 10 and also a hearing for constructing a restaurant in Assembly Square.


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6/8/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

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Among other business, the agenda includes establishing a bus and taxi rental, storage and servicing use on 21 Third Avenue in the Inner Belt. (Somerville could want to use the Inner Belt for a higher use at this point.)


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6/11 Green Line Station Design Public Workshops

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MassDOT and the MBTA are hosting a series of Green Line station design workshops, one for each proposed stop. It is important to integrate the new Green Line stations with the community and with the proposed Community Path. Your participation can help with this process.


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5/24/11 Porter Square Visioning Community Meeting

Posted by at 4:20 pm on May 22, 2011

Potential zoning changes include architectural design, height, uses, setbacks, dimensional configuration, and parking for each of the key gateways: Wilson Square, Somerville Avenue, White Street, Elm Street, and Mossland Street, as well as the MBTA Air Rights.


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5/26/11 Green Line Extension Project Update Public Meeting

Posted by at 4:41 pm on May 15, 2011

Among other updates, the group will likely review an analysis by MassDOT and the MBTA on the feasibility of incorporating a light rail vehicle support facility into the Boston Engine Terminal.


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5/9/11 – 6/9/11 Ch. 91 Tideways Comment Period on Assembly Square Orange Line T-Stop (Ref: #W11-3326)

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This is one of the final hurdles for the long-awaited Orange Line T-Stop at Assembly Square. Please support this development. A T-Stop at Assembly Square will unlock the potential of the site and make possible what Somerville has wanted for more than a decade.


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5/19/11 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 7:42 pm on May 8, 2011

The agenda includes expanding an existing restaurant use on Washington Street.


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5/18/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

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The agenda includes adding a structure above the hockey rink at Conway Park on Somerville Avenue.


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5/17/11 MAPC 3rd Public Forum: Green Line to Mystic Valley Parkway

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This is the third in a series of meetings about extending the Green Line to Mystic Valley Parkway. This meeting is part of a visioning process examining the effects of a potential Mystic Valley Parkway station on the planned Green Line Extension to Somerville and Medford. This session will be an opportunity to share with them your ideas, questions, and aspirations for the project.


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5/12/11 Green Line Extension “Meet and Greet” Session

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MassDOT and the MBTA are hosting a session to introduce the members of the new Green Line Extension project team. This session will be an opportunity to share with them your ideas, questions, and aspirations for the project.


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5/9/11 – 6/9/11 Ch. 91 Tideways Comment Period on Wellington Bridge (Rt. 28) Boardwalk (Ref: #W11-3316)

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This is one of the final hurdles for the boardwalk under the Wellington Bridge where Rt. 28 passes over the Mystic River at Assembly Square. Please support this development. Lack of a safe, convenient path under Rt. 28 has severed 10 Hills from Assembly Square for a long time.


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5/5/11 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 3:37 pm on May 1, 2011

The agenda includes developments on Somerville Avenue and an update on the Comprehensive Plan.


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5/4/11 MassDOT Board Meeting

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The agenda includes as item #8 (“Request of MassDOT Legal and Planning Departments to authorize the execution of a Public Funding Agreement for the construction of the Assembly Square Station on the Orange Line”).


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5/2/11, 5/3/11 Special BOA Meetings on Assembly Row DIF Bond Issue

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This is the final discussion and vote on the DIF bond issue. The City should issue these bonds only with a signed commitment to the “best effort” of Federal Realty to bring R&D/office into Assembly Square.


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5/2/11 BOA Finance Committee Meeting on Assembly Row DIF Bond Issue

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The agenda is to discuss the Assembly Row Bond issue and a petition by 60 Somerville residents to ensure that development financed by the Assembly Row DIF yield jobs for Somerville residents.


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4/25/11 A Better City Presents: Fixing Transit Finance

Posted by at 4:11 pm on April 17, 2011

This is a presentation and panel discussion on how to finance public transportation in Massachusetts. Paying for public transportation has proved a critical problem in the current economic and political environment.


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4/21/11 BOA Finance Committee

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The Committee is calling this meeting to further discuss the Assembly Row DIF Bond issue. If Assembly Row is not developed to produce a high enough tax base, the city could end up repaying this bond from general funds.


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4/20/11 BOA Housing and Community Development Committee

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Among other business, this meeting will address economic development in Magoun Square, possible use of the Massachusetts Economic Development Incentive Program, and the status of the Comprehensive Plan.


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4/13/11 BOA Finance Committee Public Hearing

Posted by at 6:56 pm on April 10, 2011

This is a continuation of the 3/31/11 Assembly Row DIF Bond hearing. If Assembly Row is not developed to produce a high enough tax base, the city could end up repaying this bond from general funds.


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4/7/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 10:19 pm on April 5, 2011

This meeting includes, among other business, a zoning amendment to change the definition of “pervious area” and update minimum pervious area requirements (comment period closed).


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4/6/11 BOA Finance Committee Meeting

Posted by at 9:54 pm on April 3, 2011

Convened to discuss the Assembly Row DIF Bond proposal. If Assembly Row is not developed to produce a high enough tax base, the city could end up repaying this bond from general funds.


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4/5/11 Somerville Green Line Extension Advisory Committee

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Agenda includes current GLX status, Community Path status, new consultant team, and station designs.


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4/4/11 Conservation Commission Meeting on MBTA Assembly Square

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This is a public meeting of the Somerville Conservation Commission to review and accept the MBTA Assembly Square Station Order of Conditions.


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4/21/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 12:28 pm on March 27, 2011

Among other business, this meeting will hold a public hearing on the Special Permit with Site Plan Review for the Assembly Square self-storage facility, 50 Middlesex Avenue.


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3/24/11 Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by at 4:41 pm on March 23, 2011

Among other business, this meeting will deal with the proposed self-storage facility at 50 Middlesex Ave. in Assembly Square.


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3/31/11 Assembly Row DIF Bond Hearing

Posted by at 3:47 pm on March 20, 2011

If Assembly Row is not developed to produce a high enough tax base, the city could end up repaying this bond from general funds.


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3/28/11 Free Screening: The Economics of Happiness

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Communities are coming together to rebuild more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.


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3/23/11 Planning Board Meeting

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Includes a public hearing on changes to the definition of “pervious area” in the zoning and to require a minimum pervious area in certain districts.


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3/17/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 3:39 pm on March 13, 2011

The master plan for the self-storage facility at 50 Middlesex Avenue in Assembly Square is to be presented.


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1/24/11 Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by at 9:00 pm on February 22, 2011

Among other business, this meeting will deal with the proposed self-storage facility at 50 Middlesex Ave. in Assembly Square, and with changes to the design of 100 Temple St. (St. Polycarp Redevelopment).


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3/11 SomerVision Conversation on Comprehensive Plan

Posted by at 2:39 pm on February 20, 2011

These meetings provide an important opportunity to weigh in on the direction Somerville is setting for its future.


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3/10/11 District Improvement Financing Governing Body Meeting

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The Governing Body determines how much of the tax increment from DIF districts is used for district improvements and how much is returned to the city general fund.


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5/10/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by at 3:49 pm on February 13, 2011

At this meeting the group will continue to build maps showing future development districts in Somerville.


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4/12/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

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At this meeting the group will continue to build maps showing future development districts in Somerville.


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3/16/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

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At this meeting the group will continue to build maps showing future development districts in Somerville.


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2/16/11 Green Line Extension Public Meeting for Mystic Valley Parkway/Route 16 Station

Posted by at 4:07 pm on February 5, 2011

This important connection was omitted from the current Green Line Extension due to lack of funds. It needs your support!


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2/17/11 BOA Committee on Legislative Matters Meeting as a Whole

Posted by at 5:21 pm on January 30, 2011

This hearing will receive public input on the use of union labor at the MaxPac site.


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2/3/11 Planning Board Meeting

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Cases include a special permit for Medium Retail and Service uses at 130 Broadway.


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2/9/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by at 3:15 pm on January 23, 2011

This is the meeting to get to! The group will begin a city-wide land use map showing the proposed development areas and their categorizations.


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1/31/11 Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership Meeting

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At this meeting STEP is likely to discuss the current status of the Green Line Extension, the Community Path, and the Assembly Square Orange Line T-Stop.


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1/25/11 BOA Committee on Legislative Matters Meeting

Posted by at 9:21 pm on January 16, 2011

This meeting will discuss a petition for a public hearing on the use of union labor at the MaxPac site, along with a home-rule petition to streamline administration.


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1/20/11 Planning Board Meeting

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This meeting will discuss a five-story residential building at 378-390 Somerville Avenue, among other business.


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1/6/11 Planning Board Meeting — Beat Report

Posted by at 5:12 pm on January 9, 2011

Tonight the Planning Board voted approval for the MaxPak apt/condo project to go ahead. The unions plan to picket Lowell St. near the VNA.


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1/10/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

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At this meeting, the committee will work toward a consensus on the Goals and Actions and begin work on land use mapping.


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1/10/11 Somerville Commission on Energy Use and Climate Change Meeting

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Every development in Somerville should contribute to meeting our environmental goals. Assembly Square should not be exempted.


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12/16/10 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 5:26 pm on December 12, 2010

Cases include revision to a special permit for 199 residential units at 56-61 Clyde Street and review of six ZBA cases.


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12/13/10 BOA Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by at 6:15 pm on December 5, 2010

The agenda includes the MBTA Green Line Maintenance Facility, including air rights and a possible stadium, and impacts of the Green Line track layout around Brickbottom.


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12/15/10 Informational Meeting on Grand Junction Tracks

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Putting the Grand Junction in use will increase rail traffic next to Brickbottom, which already lives with existing Commuter Rail service and shortly will live with the Green Line extension.


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12/2/10 Special Board of Aldermen Meeting on Assembly Square DIF

Posted by at 12:28 pm on December 1, 2010

If implemented as planned, this DIF will very likely result in developments that only cover debt service on the DIF bonds themselves. The rest of Somerville will pay for the city services required by those developments.


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12/7/10 BOA Land Use Committee Meeting

Posted by at 12:24 pm on

If implemented incorrectly, self-storage in Assembly Square could discourage higher-value uses, which we need more than ever now that infrastructure and Orange Line funding have gone away.


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11/22/10 Public Hearing on Assembly Square District Improvement Financing — Beat Report

Posted by at 4:21 pm on November 24, 2010

There is now a $63 M gap in infrastructure funding for Assembly Square. The Orange Line T-Stop and the rest of the development is in jeopardy unless we close the gap by a combination of stopgap funding and a $25 M DIF in Assembly Square.


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11/22/10 Gilman Green Line Station Planning Walkaround

Posted by at 11:08 pm on November 20, 2010

The public is invited to make suggestions about pedestrian, bicycle, and bus access to the station, as well as safety lighting, station design, comfort, signs and area maps.


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11/22/10 Public Hearing on Assembly Square District Improvement Financing

Posted by at 1:53 pm on November 19, 2010

Under the proposed DIF, increases in Assembly Square tax revenue would be diverted to pay for the infrastructure. If tax revenues were inadequate, the taxpayers would foot the bill.


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11/22/10 Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership Meeting

Posted by at 3:56 pm on November 16, 2010

The current issues are the status of the Green Line Extension and Community Path, extending the Green Line to Route 16, and funding the Assembly Square Orange Line T-Stop.


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11/18/10 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 5:07 pm on November 14, 2010

The proposed changes to simplify the review process for ZBA cases will consolidate all direct citizen input into one public hearing. Unless handled well, this could make it harder for citizens to make their voices heard.


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11/17/10 BOA Legislative Matters Committee Meeting

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The sole item on the agenda is adopting the Stretch Energy Code as Energy Code for Somerville. This important sustainability measure is in jeopardy in Somerville.


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11/15/10 Ward 6 ResiStat Meeting

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This meeting gives citizens a chance to provide feedback to the City on how things are going in their neighborhoods.


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11/9/10 Teleconference on Standards for Public Meeting Notices and Agendas — Beat Report

Posted by at 2:48 pm on November 10, 2010

This teleconference dealt with new exciting work on addressing a perennial problem: how do people find out when issues they care about are being discussed?


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11/9/10 Teleconference on Standards for Public Meeting Notices and Agendas

Posted by at 4:17 pm on November 7, 2010

Public meeting notices and the open meeting law are fundamental to transparency and public participation in government.


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11/4/10 Joint Public Hearing by Planning Board and BOA Land Use Committee — Beat Report

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Large Retail Cluster Parking: Proposal is to double the parking requirement for large retail (> 25,000 s.f.). Staff believes that because Somerville has little parking available, the effect will be to discourage suburban format in Somerville. Developers would have to build parking garages, which is expensive.


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11/11/10 Meeting of the Friends of the Community Path

Posted by at 3:19 pm on November 3, 2010

The meeting will include:

* A brief history of the Friends of the Community Path
* An update on current status of the proposed Path extension
* An overview of our goals and activities
* A discussion of the kinds of help we often need (attending meetings/events, taking minutes, tabling, strategizing, making inroads, mapping, urban planning, writing, fund raising, research, press announcements, technical, web/blog, social networking, schlepping, etc.)
* Q&A


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11/15/10 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

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The joint subcommittee meetings will address conflicts between worthy goals. For instance, increasing tax revenue by commercial development may conflict with increasing affordable housing and maintaining neighborhood character.


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12/8/10 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

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At this meeting, the group will review the draft Comprehensive Plan. Somerville’s citywide development for the next twenty years will be shaped by the comprehensive plan. This is a public meeting; any citizen is entitled to observe.


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10/27/10 Free Showing of Movie “A Sea Change”

Posted by at 9:43 pm on October 25, 2010

Over coming generations, ocean acidification may cause massive die-offs of fish species. Our descendants may inherit a world without fish.


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10/25/10 MassDOT Public Meetings on Craigie Drawbridge Rehabilitation Project

Posted by at 3:09 pm on October 24, 2010

This project will close McGrath Highway or reduce the number of lanes available for several months. Detours and traffic congestion will result. Mitigation should be discussed at this meeting.


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11/4/10 Joint Public Hearing by Planning Board and BOA Land Use Committee

Posted by at 2:29 pm on October 20, 2010

The agenda includes the following:

* Change to the zoning ordinance to allow self-storage in Assembly Square
* Changes to the zoning ordinance to revise the procedures for reviewing Special Permits, Special Permits with Site Plan Approval, and variances
* Changes to the zoning ordinance to revise the parking requirements for large scale retail
* Change to the zoning ordinance to allow Historic Carriage House as a use in certain districts
* Special permit to allow Federal Realty to exceed signage size requirements in Assembly Square.


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11/8/10 Green Line Design Working Group Meeting

Posted by at 12:52 pm on October 17, 2010

This is the November meeting of the Green Line Extension design working group.

The Design Working Group is a key means for addressing neighborhood concerns relating to the Green Line stops in Somerville and Medford.


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10/25/10 Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership Meeting

Posted by at 12:50 pm on

This is STEP’s regular monthly meeting. At this meeting STEP is likely to discuss:

* Current status of the Green Line Extension
* Current efforts to extend the Green Line to Route 16
* Current status of funding for the Assembly Square Orange Line T-Stop


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10/21/10 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 12:40 pm on

According to the paper agenda, this meeting will be devoted to Zoning Board of Appeals matters. The Self-Storage change of use ordinance, along with others, will be dealt with at the November 4 public hearing.


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10/18/10 BOA Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by at 12:37 pm on

The e-mailed agenda includes the following:

* MBTA Green Line Maintenance Facility, including air rights and a possible stadium.
* Support for Green Line Extension to Route 16
* Impacts of Green Line track layout around Brickbottom
* Traffic redesign for Union Square


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10/13/10 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Posted by at 7:29 pm on October 4, 2010

This is the regular planning meeting of the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee. At this meeting, the group will finish reviewing the policies and actions.

Somerville’s citywide development for the next twenty years will be shaped by the comprehensive plan. This is a public meeting; any citizen is entitled to observe.


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10/7/10 MassDOT Public Meeting for the Craigie Drawbridge Project

Posted by at 6:53 pm on

This meeting will present details of the Craigie Drawbridge Rehabilitation project, which will block the Bridge and divert traffic. Traffic that would otherwise go along Memorial Drive may end up going to Route 28 instead and thereby into Somerville.


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10/7/10 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by at 11:39 pm on October 3, 2010

This meeting will likely deal with the proposed change of zoning to allow self-storage in the Assembly Square Planned Unit Development. There may be a public hearing in joint session with the Land Use Committee.


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10/6/10 MassDOT Public Meeting for the Longfellow Bridge Project

Posted by at 5:56 pm on September 26, 2010

This meeting will present details of the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation project, which will block the Bridge and divert traffic.

Traffic that would otherwise go along Memorial Drive may end up going to Route 28 instead and thereby into Somerville.


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9/28/10 Green Line Extension Station Design Presentation

Posted by at 5:52 pm on

These are two identical presentations on the Green Line Extension station design guidelines and requirements. The Tuesday presentation is in Somerville; the same presentation is being given on Wednesday in Medford.

The Green Line Extension stations are now being designed. If you want input into the design, attend one of these meetings and ask questions.


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9/25/10 Mystic View Task Force Annual Meeting

Posted by at 1:19 pm on September 20, 2010

The Mystic View Task Force will hold its annual meeting at 1:30 P.M., Saturday, September 25, 2010, at the Third Life Studio, 33 Union Square, Somerville.


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Assembly Square Change-of-Use Ordinance

Posted by at 1:22 pm on September 19, 2010

A change-of-use ordinance is being submitted to the Board of Aldermen to allow self-storage/wholesale storage in locations in Assembly Square near I-93 and not suitable for better development. I understand that the goal is to allow a developer to place a self-storage facility at the foot of Foley Street, replacing a truck storage facility near the current (poorly-maintained) pedestrian underpass from Assembly Square to the Stop & Shop on Mystic Avenue. The underlying urban design problem is how to use a development in this location to establish a pedestrian-friendly gateway to Assembly Square, given (a) the planned Assembly Square T-Stop at the head of Foley Street and (b) a proposed Foley Street connection under I-93 to East Somerville.

Land use planning is the primary function of municipal government. This ordinance provides an ideal opportunity to observe and participate in the public land use process, from Ordinance to Planning Board special permit.


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9/23/10 Board of Aldermen Meeting

Posted by at 4:03 pm on September 15, 2010

This meeting is expected to include a proposed zoning change to allow self-storage facilities in Assembly Square, which should be referred to the Land Use Committee.


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9/13/10 Public Hearing on Assembly Square Chapter 91 License

Posted by at 6:04 pm on September 12, 2010

Public input is needed on accessibility, waterfront and water activities design, and pedestrian and bicycle access along Foley Street.


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9/21/10 HUD Grant Review Public Hearing

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The HUD grants are applied to the problems of homelessness, affordable housing, transit-oriented development, and parks and open space. Citizen input is helpful in setting priorities.


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9/15/10 Somerville District Improvement Financing Program Public Hearing

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District Improvement Financing is useful in building tax revenue, provided the projects supported are high enough in density to provide adequate tax base. If they aren’t, the city is on the hook.


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9/2/10 Planning Board Meeting — Beat Report

Posted by at 12:08 pm on

299 Broadway (Ocean State Job Lot): Denied. Assembly Square PUD (Assembly Square Drive subdivision): Approved. 90 Union Square: Continued. 425 Broadway (wireless equipment): Approved, on to ZBA. 221 Morrison Ave. (historic B&B): Approved, on to ZBA. 25 Hamlet St. (barn replaced with duplex): Approved, on to ZBA. 42-44 Boston Ave. (deck and stairs): Approved, on to ZBA. 270 Cedar St. (9 residences, parking space count variance): Special Permit withdrawn, variance approved, on to ZBA. Staff not available to do minutes, CD recording available on request.


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