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FIGHTING BACK AGAINST THE CHESTNUT INVASION

Posted by a 12:43 pm on August 1, 2014

Somerville, MA, July 29, 2014 – Despite the work of giant skimming machines and the hundreds of volunteers, water chestnuts continue to clog the Mystic River.
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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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7/22/14 Conservation Commission Hearing on Partners Healthcare Project

Posted by a 7:04 am on July 22, 2014

Agenda includes a hearing on the Partners Health Care project and updates on Amelia Earhart Dam operations documents. 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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6/26/14 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 8:39 pm on June 23, 2014

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

Posted by a 8:10 pm on June 15, 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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6/4/14 – 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

Posted by a 9:25 pm on

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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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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Working to Clean Up the Mystic River

Posted by a 5:01 pm on May 9, 2014

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Somerville, MA, May 7, 2014 – Ducks and boaters don’t seem to mind, but many humans and associations do, and so does the Environmental Protection Agency. The water in the Mystic River is consistently…


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

Posted by a 9:35 pm on January 12, 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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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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11/18/13 Assembly Square Public Advisory Committee Meeting Notes

Posted by a 6:25 pm on November 24, 2013

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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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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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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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

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


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

Posted by a 9:15 pm on July 14, 2013

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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7/18/13 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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5/18/13 – 9/21/13 Saturday Handmade Arts Market at Assembly Row

Posted by a 7:46 pm on June 2, 2013

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 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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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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Herring Run and Paddle and Cycle 2013

Posted by a 5:11 pm on May 15, 2013


Hey folks–time to shake off the winter residues and head for the waterfront! This weekend the Herring Run and Paddle event will take place. I’d love to see more people…


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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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4/23/13 Somerville Conservation Commission Meeting

Posted by a 8:58 pm on April 21, 2013

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


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4/2/13 Somerville Land Use Committee Meeting

Posted by a 9:03 pm on March 24, 2013

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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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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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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2/6/13 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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2/7/13 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 7:41 pm on February 3, 2013

Agenda includes approving the Assembly Row Storefront and Signage Design Standards. 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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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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11/27/12 Somerville Conservation Commission Hearing

Posted by a 6:49 pm on November 25, 2012

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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10/9/12 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 3:58 pm on October 7, 2012

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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Neighbors along the Mystic

Posted by a 6:26 pm on September 10, 2012

Saturday was the terrific Meet Me at the Mystic 40th anniversary event organized by MyRWA. It was a great day to be out—breezy and rain-free at least in the morning. From the dam…


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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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Meet Me at the Mystic

Posted by a 8:46 pm on August 28, 2012

Paddling, Art and Music!

Join your friends and neighbors in an early morning cheer to the river and watershed – a resource that has brought so much enjoyment to our community.  Meet us…


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Celebrating the Mystic, 40 years of working in the right direction

Posted by a 9:49 pm on August 27, 2012

Recently I had a bit of a mental meltdown. I’ve been wanting to own a kayak for years, but have kept putting it off. I was renting them periodically, but I really wanted to paddle…


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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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8/23/12 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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8/13/12 Somerville Conservation Commission Meeting

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


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6/6/12 Somerville Conservation Commission Meeting

Posted by a 5:03 pm on June 3, 2012

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


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