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10/27/14 – 10/29/14 Winter Hill Open Studio

Posted by a 7:23 pm on October 26, 2014

Residents and businesspeople from the neighborhood are invited to drop in and propose ideas for the future of Winter Hill. More…


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10/22/14 McGrath Brickbottom Neighborhood Plan Meeting

Posted by a 8:19 pm on October 19, 2014

The new Green Line station and the transformation of McGrath Highway into a boulevard will have significant impacts on the Brickbottom neighborhood. Help plan the new neighborhood. More…


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10/20/14 Union Square Improvements Meeting

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Good transportation and streetscape of Union Square are crucial to the success of the neighborhood. Come and see what the city is proposing. More…


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Mystic View Task Force Consensus is No, Yes, Yes, Yes!

Posted by a 10:03 pm on October 7, 2014

The Mystic View Task Force Consensus* on the 2014 Ballot Questions is No, Yes, Yes, Yes! #1 On Eliminating Gas Tax Indexing This initiative would REPEAL that portion of the gasoline tax which links increases to the rate of inflation. In 2013, the legislature raised the gas tax for the first time since 1991, by 3 cents a gallon. MVTF: NO on #1 Massachusetts streets and roads are in chronic disrepair, and a majority of its bridges are unsafe or obsolete. Repeal of indexing would allow Massachusetts to fall further behind on road and bridge More…


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10/8/14 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by a 10:38 pm on October 6, 2014

(10/6/14) No agenda published on City web site. More…


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10/8/14 Union Square Civic Advisory Committee Public Meeting

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Agenda includes reports on district plans and a presentation and discussion of Community Benefits Agreements. More…


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10/7/14 Flood Forum Special Committee Meeting

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Agenda includes reports by City Engineer, the Directory of Strategic Planning and Community Development, and the Superintendent of Inspectional Services on plans for flood mitigation on frequently flooded streets. More…


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10/2/14 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 9:12 pm on September 30, 2014

Agenda includes discussion of Assembly Row Block 6, one of the blocks remaining in Assembly Row that could be devoted to mixed use with high-value R&D. More…


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10/1/14 Community Preservation Committee Meeting

Posted by a 10:27 pm on September 29, 2014

The Community Preservation Committee manages projects paid for by the Community Preservation Act tax surcharge. Agenda includes bonding for CPA projects and eligibility of project proposals submitted during September 2014. More…


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Watch the latest Somerville Neighborhood News

Posted by a 12:09 pm on September 25, 2014

September 23, 2014 – Go Somervilleans to the People’s Climate March on Sept. 21, learn the latest on the Aldermen’s campaign finance reform law, on a new proposed ordinance that’s already leading landlords to evict…


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9/25/14 Somerville Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 7:52 pm on September 24, 2014

Agenda includes the Partners Healthcare garage development. The garage is extremely long and without amenity. More…


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9/25/14 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 9:36 pm on September 23, 2014

Agenda includes updates on Assembly Square and Union Square, and votes (1) to authorize Chairman Busnach or Secretary Bonney to execute easements and licenses regarding the MBTA/City/MassDOT MOA, (2) to allow USB to establish a local office at SRA property at 4 Milk Place, and (3) to execute documents relating to pending litigation. More…


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9/25/14 Urban Design Panel Discussion

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Assembly Square is in active development. It is important that all citizens understand environmental and urban design principles and their application to Assembly Square. More…


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9/27/14 MVTF Annual Meeting

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The Mystic View Task Force is a long-time participant in Somerville sustainable development. More…


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9/28/14 Union Square Walking Tour

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The tour starts in front of Somerville High School and heads down toward Union Square, with stops at St. Anthony’s Church and Greentown Labs, and ending with a reception at Machu Picchu Restaurant. In the process you may see some of the parts of Union Square that we want to preserve and why. More…


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9/21/14 Union Square Walking Tour

Posted by a 9:52 pm on September 16, 2014

The tour starts in front of Somerville High School and heads down toward Union Square, with stops at St. Anthony’s Church and Greentown Labs, and ending with a reception at Machu Picchu Restaurant. In the process you may see some of the parts of Union Square that we want to preserve and why. More…


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9/18/14 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

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Agenda includes discussion of an updated to the affordable housing ordinance. It also includes introducing, but continuing to Oct. 2, Assembly Row Block 6, one of the blocks remaining in Assembly Row that could be devoted to mixed use with high-value R&D. More…


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9/13/14 Mobility Revolution Workshop

Posted by a 11:17 pm on September 9, 2014

The workshop will focus on how our city can take advantage of coming changes in mobility to create a neighborhood that is better for jobs, businesses, housing, open space, and community, and preserves the unique creative culture of Union Square. More…


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9/10/14 Union Square Civic Advisory Committee Public Meeting

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The Advisory Committee will hear updates from the City and from US2, the Union Square Master Developer, about the planning process for the Union Square T-Stop. More…


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9/2/14 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Assembly Station

Posted by a 7:07 pm on August 31, 2014

Assembly Station is the first new station in the MBTA in decades. Along with the Green Line Extension, it brings public transportation to parts of Somerville that have needed it for over forty years. More…


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8/29/14 Urban Design Film: The Human Scale

Posted by a 9:40 pm on August 26, 2014

The Danish film The Human Scale deals with how best to make use of space in urban areas. Along with the film will be a live Skype discussion with Danish filmmaker Andreas Dalsgaard. More…


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8/28/14 SomerVision Zoning Workshop: Administration and Permitting

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Workshop sessions are held on Thurs. 6/12/14 – 8/28/14. This session focuses on administration and permitting as reflected in the new ordinance. More…


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8/28/14 SomerVision Zoning Workshop: Administration and Permitting

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Workshop sessions are held on Thurs. 6/12/14 – 8/28/14. This session focuses on administration and permitting as reflected in the new ordinance. More…


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8/21/14 SomerVision Zoning Workshop: Signs, Lighting, and Site Development

Posted by a 7:05 pm on August 18, 2014

Workshop sessions are held on Thurs. 6/12/14 – 8/28/14. This session focuses on signs, lighting, and site development as reflected in the new ordinance. More…


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8/14/14 SomerVision Zoning Workshop: Zoning for Businesses

Posted by a 6:49 pm on August 10, 2014

Workshop sessions are held on Thurs. 6/12/14 – 8/28/14. This session focuses on zoning for businesses as reflected in the new ordinance. More…


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8/8/14 End of Comment Period on Wynn Everett Casino Final EIR

Posted by a 9:18 pm on August 4, 2014

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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8/7/14 SomerVision Zoning Workshop: Squares, Main Streets, Jobs, and the Economy

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Workshop sessions are held on Thurs. 6/12/14 – 8/28/14. This session focuses on the square, main streets, jobs and the Somerville economy as reflected in the new ordinance. More…


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Latest Somerville Neighborhood News

Posted by a 9:24 pm on July 30, 2014

Somerville Neighborhood News is produced by the volunteers, interns and staff of SCATV.
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What’s the latest on the McGrath grounding? Are bikers obeying the…


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8/11/14 Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation Hearing on Partners Healthcare Project

Posted by a 10:23 pm on July 29, 2014

Railroad rights of way are intended to be devoted to projects that will benefit the community as well as the developer. One community benefit of the Partners plan that should be retained is the bicycle path alongside the Orange Line. More…


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7/31/14 SomerVision Zoning Workshop: Community Benefits

Posted by a 3:39 pm on July 27, 2014

Workshop sessions are held on Thurs. 6/12/14 – 8/28/14. This session focuses on the community benefits proposed in the new ordinance.


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7/24/14 SomerVision Zoning Workshop: Somerville’s Building Types

Posted by a 7:09 am on July 22, 2014

Workshop sessions are held on Thurs. 6/12/14 – 8/28/14. This session focuses on the building types proposed in the new ordinance. More…


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7/22/14 Conservation Commission Hearing on Partners Healthcare Project

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Agenda includes a hearing on the Partners Health Care project and updates on Amelia Earhart Dam operations documents. More…


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Somervillians Wary of Casinos

Posted by a 10:11 pm on July 20, 2014

Somerville, MA, July 15, 2014 – The Supreme Judicial Court’s recent decision to allow a casino repeal measure on the November ballot has Somervillians talking about the billion-dollar casino and gambling industry again.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwsUQHql6pw
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US2 SAYS IT’S READY TO LISTEN

Posted by a 3:16 pm on July 17, 2014

Somerville Neighborhood News is a production of Somerville Community Access Television, made by professional journalists, volunteers and staff. The half-hour news show has as its mission to provide a lively, informative newscast focusing on the events, issues…


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The Latest Somerville Neighborhood News show

Posted by a 11:48 am on July 16, 2014

Watch the Latest Newscast of Somerville Neighborhood News

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbfsnzuZSH4&feature=youtu.be
Somerville Neighborhood News is a community service production of SCATV.
Here is what the latest newscast will bring you: The Boston Globe says…


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7/17/14 McGrath Highway/McCarthy Boulevard Meeting

Posted by a 10:45 pm on July 14, 2014

Agenda includes the design work and environmental review required for the short-term improvements and the long-term conversion into a “complete streets” boulevard. More…


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7/9/14 Union Square Civic Advisory Committee Public Meeting

Posted by a 7:31 pm on July 8, 2014

The Advisory Committee will meet with US2, the Union Square Master Developer Designee, to begin the planning process around the Union Square T-Stop. More…


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An open letter on zoning from the Somerville Arts Council advisory board

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Mayor Curtatone, esteemed Alders, and members of the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development,


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7/10/14 ADA Hearing on Equivalent Facilitation Request for GLX

Posted by a 8:41 pm on July 7, 2014

The Equivalent Facilitation Request summarizes how ADA requirements are to be addressed by the GLX project, along with variances requested mostly caused by the existing rail corridor geography. More…


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7/10/14 Joint Somerville Planning Board and Land Use Committee Hearing

Posted by a 9:40 pm on June 30, 2014

Agenda includes approval of Partners Healthcare site and building design, which erases four city blocks with a suburban industrial campus, and an amendment to Section 7.13.A to require a special permit for ground floor office uses in corridor commerical and transit oriented district. Please come and make your views known. More…


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7/1/14 Somerville Legislative Matters Committee Meeting

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Agenda includes recommendations on ordinances regulating campaign contributions from those seeking contracts or other benefits from the City, and regulating “pay-to-play” public contracting and campaign contributions for municipal elected office. Ordinances have been circulating since May 2013. More…


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7/10/14 SomerVision Zoning Workshop: Zoning for the Arts and Creative Economy

Posted by a 8:50 pm on June 23, 2014

Workshop sessions are held on Thurs. 6/12/14 – 8/28/14. This session focuses on zoning for the arts and creative economy in the proposed new ordinance. More…


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6/26/14 SomerVision Zoning Workshop: Mobility, Parking, and Access

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Workshop sessions are held on Thurs. 6/12/14 – 8/28/14. This session focuses on mobility, parking, and access proposed in the new ordinance. More…


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6/26/14 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

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Agenda includes a discussion of the CAC report on the Union Square Master Developer candidates and a vote to select one of the candidates. More…


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SNN: Styrofoam ban, war on rats & more!

Posted by a 12:18 pm on June 18, 2014

June 17, 2014 — Did you know that the ban on the use of take-out styrofoam containers is being largely ignored? Want to go to the state’s Democratic convention? Hit the “Carnaval” and check out…


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6/16/14 Union Square Civic Advisory Committee Public Meeting

Posted by a 10:49 pm on June 15, 2014

The Somerville Redevelopment Authority (SRA) will select one from the four finalists, very likely at their next meeting on 6/26/14. It is important that all concerned citizens observe and understand the basis for the decisions of the CAC and of the SRA. More…


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Comments on Application for Modifications to Preliminary Master Plan Approval for Assembly Square PUD

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The comments that follow are intended to make an already good development better for the employees of Partners Healthcare, the Somerville community, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. More…


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6/4/14 – 6/19/14 Comment Period on Assembly Square PUD Change for Partners HealthCare Project

Posted by a 9:27 pm on June 10, 2014

The current design sets that end of complex in suburban mold. Design chops off view of Boston skyline from river and amputates Assembly Row street grid. Shadows flood adjacent streets. More…


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6/12/14 – 8/28/14 SomerVision’s Goals for the New Ordinance Workshops

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These meetings, which grow out of the work of the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, are intended to develop and monitor new ordinances for compliance with the SomerVision goals. The immediate work should relate to Union Square and to the new Partners Healthcare development at Assembly Square. More…


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Comments on EEA #13989, Notice of Project Change: Assembly Row Revised Program for Partners Healthcare Site

Posted by a 7:06 pm on June 8, 2014

The comments that follow are intended to make an already good development better for the employees of Partners Healthcare, the Somerville community, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. More…


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6/5/14 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 9:05 pm on June 3, 2014

Agenda includes an update on Assembly Square and on the Union Square Master Develoiper process, including feedback from the tour of three of the Master Developer finalists. More…


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6/19/14 Somerville Planning Board Public Hearing on Assembly Square PUD

Posted by a 7:49 pm on June 1, 2014

Agenda reportedly includes the public hearing on the revision to the Assembly Square PUD to include the Partners HealthCare project. The current design sets that end of complex in suburban mold. Design chops off view of Boston skyline from river and amputates Assembly Row street grid. Shadows flood adjacent streets. More…


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5/21/14 – 6/20/14 Comment Period on Assembly Square Mixed Use Project Change

Posted by a 4:26 pm on May 26, 2014

Current design sets that end of complex in suburban mold. Design chops off view of Boston skyline from river and amputates Assembly Row street grid. More…


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5/29/14 Design Review Committee Meeting

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Agenda includes review of Partners HealthCare building design. Current design sets that end of complex in suburban mold. Design chops off view of Boston skyline from river and amputates Assembly Row street grid. More…


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Somerville Neighborhood News Episode # 15

Posted by a 10:06 pm on May 21, 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrqMcLSJ4v0&feature=share&list=PLoFyRgrTeiKiZDYI67dRDhapNh2iu8VQI

May 20, 2014 — More biking and bikers is great, but maybe more education and enforcement is needed? Join Somerville High students on the Mystic River. What’s the latest on the union square

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5/22/14 Assembly Square Public Advisory Committee Meeting

Posted by a 5:43 pm on May 19, 2014

Partners Healthcare is building 700,000 s.f. of first-phase office space in Assembly Square near the Orange Line T-Stop. This development will provide at least 4,500 jobs and can trigger nearby R&D development, providing more jobs and more tax base for Somerville. More…


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Union Square on SNN and WGBH!

Posted by a 11:10 am on May 14, 2014

There has been a decent amount of coverage in the media with regards and scrutiny to Union Square and its future redevelopment. In case you missed them, here are two recent news segments, one piece…


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5/14/14 GLX Community Path Design Meeting

Posted by a 9:38 pm on May 13, 2014

Now that spring has sprung, it’s time the Community Path moved forward. Come, listen, and help out with your insights. More…


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5/15/14 Pedestrian Accessibility Study Feedback Meeting

Posted by a 9:18 pm on May 12, 2014

Measures to ease pedestrian access for persons with disabilities help everyone who lives long enough. Come, listen, and respond. More…


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5/15/14 Somerville Board of Health

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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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5/14/14 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

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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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5/13/14 Beacon Street Reconstruction Meeting

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Some changes on Beacon Street have been controversial in the past. Those concerned should attend, listen, and respond as needed. More…


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5/12/14 Community Preservation Committee Public Hearing

Posted by a 9:15 pm on May 11, 2014

The Community Preservation Act mandates that the tax surcharge be used for such purposes as open space, public recreation, historic preservation, and community housing. Priorities must be set. More…


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5/8/14 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 8:03 pm on May 6, 2014

This is a special meeting of the Somerville Redevelopment Authority.

Note change in location to Argenziano School.

Agenda includes a discussion and vote on the short list of Union Square Master Developers and an update on Assembly Square, which was scheduled to open around Memorial Day. More…


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UNION SQUARE CONCERNS

Posted by a 9:47 am on April 26, 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR78jl98-tU&list=UUihzsbcApusRDw3PTTjwpHg&feature=share&index=3
SOMERVILLE, MA, April 24, 2014 – Concerned over the pace of the Union Square redevelopment process, organizations, residents and local businesses have been organizing: circulating talking points, a petition and lists of priorities.

Meetings…


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4/30/14 Davis Square Streetscape Improvements Open House

Posted by a 9:42 pm on April 20, 2014

Streetscape changes can help and hinder residents and business owners in the Davis Square area. Those concerned should attend, listen, and make their views known. More…


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4/30/14 MBTA Public Hearing on FY15 Fare Increase

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Everyone who uses the T should understand why the MBTA needs to increase fares by 5% and what the alternatives to a fare increase are. More…


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4/25/14 Screening: Wenzday Jane and the Culture of Change

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We need innovative solutions to the problems of transportation and infrastructure in today’s environmentally-stressed society. Come and view one solution. More…


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4/22/14 MBTA Public Hearing on FY15 Fare Increase

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Everyone who uses the T should understand why the MBTA needs to increase fares by 5% and what the alternatives to a fare increase are. More…


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4/17/14 Legislative Matters Committee Meeting

Posted by a 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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Somerville Neighborhood News Eps. 12

Posted by a 9:58 am on April 10, 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTKImaueyOE&list=PLoFyRgrTeiKiZDYI67dRDhapNh2iu8VQI&feature=share
April 8, 2014 – Attend the Deanna Cremin memorial and hear from her sister, learn how Somerville is fighting against the overdose epidemic, visit the Irish Film Festival, learn about air pollution near Route…


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4/23/14 Assembly Row Grand Opening Job Fair

Posted by a 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 a 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

Posted by a 8:05 pm on

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


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Neighborhood News reports on Un. Sq.

Posted by a 10:47 pm on April 1, 2014

Union Square Redevelopment Authority’s meetings & Rep. Capuano comments on the Post Office

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fW3xmLSUy8s

When it comes to the sale of the Union Square Post Office, Rep. Michael E. Capuano (D-MA) had two things to…


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

Posted by a 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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Watch Somerville Neighborhood News online!

Posted by a 7:17 pm on March 27, 2014

Somerville Neighborhood News eps. 11
March 25, 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB1YIUGilJc&feature=share&list=UUihzsbcApusRDw3PTTjwpHg

In SNN episode # 11, reporters bring you stories on a new program for young readers at Porter Square books, on a former child…


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

Posted by a 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

Posted by a 9:02 pm on

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 a 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

Posted by a 9:40 pm on

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 a 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 a 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

Posted by a 9:06 pm on

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 a 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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Real Estate Taxes & MBTA updates on SNN!

Posted by a 11:56 am on February 12, 2014

On our most recent Somerville Neighborhood News, we covered news stories on issues impacting you, Somerville. Somerville Neighborhood News is produced by the volunteers, interns and staff of SCATV


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2/19/14 Union Square Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting

Posted by a 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 a 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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Somerville Neighborhood News looks at real estate prices

Posted by a 2:07 pm on January 29, 2014

January 28, 2014 — How do “new kids” from foreign lands fare at Somerville High School? Davis Square business owners fear they’ll be priced out of town. Check out Somerville Neighborhood News #7 (Jan. 28…


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Will Somerville residents get jobs on the GLX?

Posted by a 10:20 pm on January 23, 2014

Will Sville residents get jobs on the Green Line extension? Check out this excerpt from Somerville Neighborhood News #6.…


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Somerville Neighborhood News #6 – Jan. 14 2014

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January 14, 2014 — Inauguration of the mayor, aldermen and school committee, homework at the high school, raising the first American flag, a program that promises good, local jobs during the Green Line extension (rerun) and homelessness (rerun). These stories and more…


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

Posted by a 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 a 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

Posted by a 9:40 pm on

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

Posted by a 9:35 pm on

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 a 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 a 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 a 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

Posted by a 10:44 pm on

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

Posted by a 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

Posted by a 6:25 pm on

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

Posted by a 6:07 pm on November 4, 2013

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

Posted by a 6:03 pm on

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

Posted by a 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

Posted by a 6:44 pm on

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

Posted by a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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

Posted by a 9:27 pm on

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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Union Square Transportation Data- Do Performance Measures Include Accessibility, Economic factors?

Posted by a 2:19 pm on August 12, 2013

What kinds of performance measures were examined prior to the recent announcement about Union Square’s upcoming transportation improvements?


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8/14/13 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by a 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 a 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 a 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

Posted by a 3:13 pm on

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 a 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 a 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

Posted by a 9:17 pm on

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

Posted by a 9:15 pm on

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 a 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

Posted by a 6:14 pm on

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 a 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 a 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

Posted by a 8:40 pm on

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

Posted by a 8:24 pm on

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 Sullivan Square Disposition Study Meeting

Posted by a 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

Posted by a 8:44 pm on

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


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6/20/13 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 8:11 pm on

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 a 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 a 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

Posted by a 7:48 pm on

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

Posted by a 7:46 pm on

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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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

Posted by a 9:01 pm on

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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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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5/2/13 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 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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4/29/13 Somerville BOA Legislative Matters Committee Meeting

Posted by a 10:30 pm on April 28, 2013

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

Posted by a 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 a 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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The Library Grows – Up?

Posted by a 11:16 am on March 26, 2013

Somerville Library as a digital laboratory, community service, and creative resource to both city and national users.


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

Posted by a 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

Posted by a 9:04 pm on

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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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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Mark Niedergang’s Campaign Kickoff on March 3

Posted by a 4:33 pm on February 22, 2013

The Committee to Elect Mark Niedergang invites you to enjoy delicious free food from Redbones, Taco Loco, and Gauchão , fun entertainment, good company, and provocative discussion at a party and fundraiser to kick off Mark’s campaign for Ward 5 Alderman. Alex the Jester will entertain. State Representative Carl Sciortino (Somerville/Medford) will speak.


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

Posted by a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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

Posted by a 7:41 pm on

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 a 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 a 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

Posted by a 6:14 pm on

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 a 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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Why a new library?

Posted by a 9:56 pm on January 17, 2013

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


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

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

Posted by a 7:48 pm on January 1, 2013

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

Posted by a 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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12/12/12 Public Hearing on 2013 Somerville Housing Authority Annual Plan

Posted by a 8:29 pm on

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

Posted by a 8:24 pm on

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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 Somerville Conservation Commission Hearing

Posted by a 6:49 pm on

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

Posted by a 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 a 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

Posted by a 1:49 pm on

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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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

Posted by a 6:03 pm on

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 a 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 a 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

Posted by a 5:40 pm on

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

Posted by a 3:57 pm on

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 a 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

Posted by a 5:39 pm on

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 a 5:30 pm on

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


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10/10/12 MVTF Annual Meeting

Posted by a 1:17 pm on

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

Posted by a 12:50 pm on August 25, 2012

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 a 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 a 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

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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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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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Union Square Neighbors Rally for Affordable Housing

Posted by a 6:01 pm on July 12, 2012

A crowd of 80 Union Square residents and other Somerville supporters gathered last night to proclaim Union Square as the heart of diversity with their message: “We support an affordable, diverse Somerville: Let’s keep Union Square a place for everyone!”


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6/25/12 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 4:58 pm on June 24, 2012

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 a 4:52 pm on June 17, 2012

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


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6/14/12 Affordable Housing Trust Fund Meeting

Posted by a 3:37 pm on June 10, 2012

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 a 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 a 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 a 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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5/29/12 Ward 6 Resistat Meeting

Posted by a 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 a 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 a 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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5/17/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 7:29 pm on May 13, 2012

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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 9:23 pm on

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


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4/30/12 Assembly Row Groundbreaking Ceremony

Posted by a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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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4/19/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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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Stand Up Against Walmart

Posted by a 9:08 pm on March 29, 2012

Somerville residents opposed to Walmart coming to our town have scheduled a campaign day this Saturday, March 31. They will knock on doors, hand out flyers, and ask small


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

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

Posted by a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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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2/16/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 5:16 pm on February 13, 2012

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 a 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 a 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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1/18/12 Somerville Housing Authority

Posted by a 7:58 pm on January 15, 2012

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

Posted by a 7:43 pm on

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 a 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 a 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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1/5/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 2:31 pm on January 1, 2012

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

Posted by a 2:28 pm on

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 a 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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Somerville’s latest route around our rights

Posted by a 5:18 pm on December 15, 2011

The City of Somerville submitted a variance application on December 2, 2011 that stated that a “proposed secondary stair case” was being considered for the west sidewalks of Lowell St. Bridge into the future Max’sGreen. Since there’s already a staircase less than 200 feet away, why does the City want to waste 109K of public funds on that second staircase?


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12/15/11 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 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

Posted by a 9:47 pm on

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 MBTA Capital Investment Program Public Hearing

Posted by a 9:43 pm on

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

Posted by a 9:42 pm on

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 a 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

Posted by a 6:48 pm on

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 a 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

Posted by a 6:43 pm on

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

Posted by a 6:41 pm on

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


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

Posted by a 6:38 pm on

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 a 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

Posted by a 10:51 pm on

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 a 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

Posted by a 4:51 pm on

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 Conservation Commission Meeting

Posted by a 4:16 pm on November 20, 2011

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

Posted by a 4:14 pm on

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


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11/21/11 Public Hearing on Community Path Design

Posted by a 4:13 pm on November 13, 2011

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

Posted by a 4:11 pm on

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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SCC’s Build Boston Charrette re: 181 Washington St., Union Square

Posted by a 12:47 pm on

Although there appears to be  a lot of neighborly opposition to SCC’s 181 Washington Street proposed development at this time, the Boston Society of Architects is calling it an “active project.” Below, information about the…


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Walmart Coming to Somerville?

Posted by a 8:25 am on November 11, 2011

Join us for a discussion on how this will affect the community and what you can do about it!


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11/15/11 Assembly Square Station Project Meeting

Posted by a 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

Posted by a 7:15 pm on

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

Posted by a 6:59 pm on

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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Somerville, MA: Millions Wasted on Deficient Walkability Improvements

Posted by a 4:31 pm on November 2, 2011

Over 80% of Somerville’s new sidewalks and curb cuts, installed since 2004, are hazardous for people with various types of disabilities (one-in-five). These infrastructure improvements don’t even adhere to basic, standard building code. See a listing of the first 50 locations that the City of Somerville promises to re-do, equalling about $500K wasted the first time around- for starters.


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FOI Request: Somerville’s Inclusionary Housing Units, 1991- present

Posted by a 8:51 pm on October 24, 2011

October, 2011:  The Somerville Community Corporation is organizing strategy sessions to get more affordable housing in Somerville by “strengthening our city’s inclusionary zoning ordinance.”

The Community Access Project has placed a FOI request to the…


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10/25/11 Conservation Commission Meeting

Posted by a 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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10/26/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 7:57 pm on

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 a 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

Posted by a 7:53 pm on

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 a 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 a 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 a 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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Special, if irrational, permits in Somerville

Posted by a 11:05 pm on October 12, 2011

I was looking at plans for a house that’s going to be built behind mine, and just got it’s ZBA stamp of approval, and realized that they hadn’t fixed the stairway.  For the first three…


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

Posted by a 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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10/12/11 Green Line Public Workshop on Maintenance Facility

Posted by a 8:29 pm on

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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10/5/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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

Posted by a 7:18 am on

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 a 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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FOIA to OSPCD: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing?

Posted by a 6:34 pm on September 16, 2011

Disabled residents of Somerville experience disproportionate poverty, substandard housing conditions, and face pervasive exclusion, even in the city’s inclusionary and affordable housing opportunity programs. Today, a FOIA request was lodged to learn how four influential nonprofits guide the City to step up to its obligations to affirmatively further Fair Housing for economically disadvantaged residents.


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Arts at the Armory Still Inaccessible To Thousands

Posted by a 6:49 pm on September 15, 2011

Although the City of Somerville is well aware that the Armory facility is still inaccessible at the entrance ramp, the Mayor continues to hold important events and meetings here. At the same time, the Architect and Owner continue to claim that various City Departments are refusing to accept an accessible design. Who’s benefitting from this back-and-forth?


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9/21/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by a 5:51 pm on September 11, 2011

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

Posted by a 5:44 pm on

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

Posted by a 3:44 pm on

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

Posted by a 3:35 pm on

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 a 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 a 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 a 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

Posted by a 8:57 pm on

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 a 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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UnSafe Routes to School, East Somerville Public Schools

Posted by a 1:42 pm on

The Community Access Project did a reality check of the 2010 East Somerville Safe Routes 2 School Map. We found that less than 20% of the pedestrian features are even up to basic standard code. “Safe” is a misnomer.

These streets ain’t fit for walkin’.


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

Posted by a 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

Posted by a 11:02 pm on

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


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9/1/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 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 a 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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378-382 Somerville Avenue: Plug Ugly!

Posted by a 9:17 pm on August 13, 2011

So far—and rightfully so—Somerville activists have framed proposed development of 378-382 Somerville Avenue as a displacement issue. As predicted, the advent of the Green Line to Union Square would mean gentrification; 378-382 Somerville Avenue, site of proposed luxury condos, is the first incursion.…


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Joan Whitney Puglia calls for major reform to the zoning approval process

Posted by a 9:54 pm on August 11, 2011

“There is no accountability in the existing zoning approval process…. I believe decisions about developments that could substantially impact our neighborhoods should be made by the aldermen, who must answer to the voters every two years.”


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8/17/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by a 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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Letter : Walmart Not Welcome Here

Posted by a 9:55 pm on July 29, 2011

On behalf of Somerville Climate Action we want to express our grave concern with the possibility of Walmart descending upon Somerville.


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MaxPac adds insult to injury by not hiring any local people

Posted by a 12:33 pm on July 25, 2011

Not hiring any local people (or making a good faith effort to do so) is an insult to our community. It should be unacceptable to the planning board, the Board of Alderman and all of our elected officials.


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Posted in Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Magoun Square, Ward 5, Workers' Rights | 2 Comments »

8/3/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by a 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 a 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 a 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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FOIA: Affordable Housing Waiting Lists for Somerville, MA

Posted by a 12:48 pm on

Rising rents, increased privately-funded housing development, excessive rental burdens, and physically inadequate subsidized housing stock are contributing to Somerville’s transformation into an less diverse, more expensive place to live.


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

Posted by a 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 a 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 a 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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IKEA Object of Social Justice Action

Posted by a 8:15 am on June 30, 2011

The following email was sent to me as a subscriber to Change.org. I have forwarded the body of the notice, and you will find the link to the online petition in the text of the story. It brings to mind the maxim that if it sounds too good to be true (as with the detente reached by parties to  Assembly Sq. development/IKEA), it probably is.…


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6/27/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 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 a 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 a 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 a 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

Posted by a 1:56 pm on

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 a 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 a 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

Posted by a 7:06 pm on

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

Posted by a 7:00 pm on

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

Posted by a 12:55 pm on May 15, 2011

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 a 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

Posted by a 7:40 pm on

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


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

Posted by a 7:31 pm on

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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Tom Bok and the Summer Street Showdown on Greater Somerville

Posted by a 10:17 pm on May 6, 2011


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5/5/11 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 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

Posted by a 3:35 pm on

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

Posted by a 3:34 pm on

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

Posted by a 3:30 pm on

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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4/21/11 BOA Finance Committee

Posted by a 3:41 pm on April 17, 2011

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

Posted by a 3:35 pm on

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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Parking in Union Square

Posted by a 8:59 pm on April 12, 2011

As the plan slowly creeps forward to the urban infill project in Union Square, residents, business owners and visitors are going to have an exceedingly hard time finding parking in and around the area.  It…


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Posted in Development and Zoning, Union Square | 12 Comments »

The Battle for Summer Street

Posted by a 11:05 am on

A pair of developers with a history of unfulfilled promises, bankruptcy and faulty construction have found a willing partner in the City of Somerville, which will soon enter the final phase of ushering their most embattled plans into reality.

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Posted in Davis Square, Development and Zoning, Public Records / FOIA Requests, Ward 6 | No Comments »

4/13/11 BOA Finance Committee Public Hearing

Posted by a 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 a 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 a 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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4/21/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 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 a 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 a 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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Posted in All Ages, Assembly Square, Beat Reporter, City Finances, Development and Zoning, Events, Orange Line, Somerville By The Numbers | 3 Comments »

3/23/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 3:38 pm on

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 a 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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Monthly Meeting of the Friends of the Community Path – Join us! Thurs 3/10

Posted by a 9:38 pm on March 8, 2011

Please join us in our efforts to connect the Minuteman Bikeway and Charles River path networks, by extending the Community Path!…


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Posted in Announcements, Bicycles, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Pedestrians, Transportation, Transportation Projects | No Comments »

1/24/11 Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 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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Posted in All Ages, Assembly Square, Beat Reporter, Development and Zoning, Environment and Open Space, Events, Housing, Orange Line, Ward 1 | No Comments »

3/11 SomerVision Conversation on Comprehensive Plan

Posted by a 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

Posted by a 2:27 pm on

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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Posted in All Ages, Assembly Square, Beat Reporter, City Finances, Development and Zoning, Events, Green Line, Orange Line, Transportation Projects, Union Square | 1 Comment »

2/17 : Speak Out for Somerville Jobs at BoA Public Hearing on MaxPac

Posted by a 10:40 am on February 16, 2011

More than 50 Somerville residents signed a petition requesting a hearing by the Board of Alderman on union jobs and local hiring.

The hearing will be at 6:00 PM on February 17. There will be a short rally beforehand at 5:45 PM.…


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Posted in All Ages, Announcements, Civic Action, Civil and Human Rights, Development and Zoning, Economy & Poverty, Events, Politics, Ward 5, Workers' Rights | No Comments »

5/10/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 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

Posted by a 3:46 pm on

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

Posted by a 3:43 pm on

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


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

Posted by a 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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Posted in All Ages, Beat Reporter, Development and Zoning, Events, Workers' Rights | 1 Comment »

2/3/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 5:14 pm on

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


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