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Important Green Line Updates at Public Meeting

The Green Line Extension Working Group met this past Friday, February 5, for the first time in a long time, getting updates from the head of the MBTA and the interim project manager of the GLX. Despite the snow, about 100 residents joined the meeting.  For more information about what was discussed at the meeting, visit the Somerville STEP website.

Union Square Civic Advisory Committee/LOCUS Meeting, 2/16

Members of the public are invited to be a part of LOCUS working group sessions. The work of the LOCUS process is to identify, prioritize and create public benefits that could be attained from a successful redevelopment program for Union Square.

There will be a combined Union Square Civic Advisory Committee-LOCUS meeting to discuss the options for community benefits that are being investigated by the LOCUS working groups.
When: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Argenziano School, 290 Washington St.

For more information or questions please contact Victoria Maguire at vmaguire@locusdevelopers.org or Sue Thomas at sthomas@somervillema.gov.

Zoning Meetings – Including Changes and Additions

These meetings will discuss the ideas presented last year in the new zoning ordinance, respond to comments provided in the public review process, and propose changes to the ordinance based upon this feedback.
All meetings will be held at the Visiting Nurse Association Community Room, 259 Lowell Street, beginning at 6:30 PM.
Please note: Some of the dates have changed.
Economic Development
Monday, February 8 (postponed due to snow, will be rescheduled)
Topics: Commercial development, job creation
Mobility
Monday, February 22

Topics: Parking requirements, bike parking, mobility management program

Process
Monday, March 7
Topics: Special permits, design review, neighborhood meetings, board process
A second Attainable Housing meeting has been added as a follow-up to the Jan. 11 meeting
Mon., Mar. 21
A meeting about Sustainability has been added on
Mon., Apr. 11

Union Square Plan Forum Announced

There will be an update on the Union Square Neighborhood plan with a response from  the City to the feedback about the Plan and an outline of next steps.

 

WHEN: Thursday, February 4 @6:00 PM

 

WHERE: Argenziano School

Upcoming Zoning Meetings

Each of these meetings will discuss the ideas presented last year in the new zoning ordinance, respond to comments provided in the public review process, and propose changes to the ordinance based upon this feedback.

The meetings will be held at the Visiting Nurse Association Community Room, 259 Lowell Street

Attainable Housing

Monday, January 11, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Topics: Inclusionary zoning, linkage, development bonuses

Residential Neighborhoods

Monday, January 25, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Topics: Conserving neighborhoods, building types, lot dimensions

Mobility

Monday, February 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Topics: Parking requirements, bike parking, mobility management program

Economic Development

Monday, February 22, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Topics: Commercial development, job creation

Process

Monday, March 7, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Topics: Special permits, design review, neighborhood meetings, board process

Paying Tribute to Ken Kelly

KenKellyUnion Square has lost a great friend, community anchor, and incredible supporter.  Ken Kelly really led the way in the transformation of Union Square to the thriving and appealing place that it is today. Even before he opened The Independent in 2001, Ken invested in the life of Union Square. A few years later he co-founded Union Square Main Streets and served on its board for over ten years.  He was hard working, focused, smart, entrepreneurial, generous, and a man of integrity, inspiration and restless energy.  You can read more here about Ken and his contributions to Union Square and Somerville.