City of Somerville
Massachusetts

Agenda Item
190096
Work Completed
Dec 20, 2011 7:00 PM

I.11 That the Director of SPCD provide this Board with information regarding the Green Line extension track layout and its impacts around the Brickbottom area, addressing such issues as: recent survey information which shows property lines closer than originally anticipated; Mass DOT's plans to use a "five foot strip" on the Union Square side; and the entire right of way on the mainline side and track alignments.

Information

Department:Board of AldermenSponsors:Ward Two Alderman Maryann M. Heuston
Category:OrderFunctions:Order

Body

That the Executive Director of the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development and the Director of Transportation provide this Board with information regarding the GLX track layout related to the Green Line extension project and its impacts around the Brickbottom area, addressing such issues as: recent survey information which shows property lines closer than originally anticipated; Mass DOT's plans to use a "five foot strip" on the Union Square side; and the entire right of way on the mainline side and track alignments.

Meeting History

Sep 7, 2010 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
RESULT:APPROVED
Oct 18, 2010 7:00 PM  Housing and Community Development Committee Committee Meeting

Mr. Lambert reviewed a map of the property lines and discussed Mass DOT mitigating impacts. He also spoke of a mitigation process with the MBTA to avoid litigation. Members of the public spoke of their concerns regarding noise and pollution in the Brickbottom area. Robert Martel, from Brickbottom, stated that he would file a law suit before the filing deadline of October 21st to protect the rights of residents in the area. Mr. Martel explained that it is not his intention to delay the Green Line project, but rather to address some specific mitigations that are not on the table. Mr. Lambert stated that a law suit could be harmful and cause delays. Alderman Heuston requested a response from OSPCD regarding the lawsuit being brought forward by Mr. Martel and also requested additional information on the city's strategy with respect to the maintenance facility, noting that there is not enough information of the impacts to the community. Alderman Heuston also requested information regarding the meetings that were held with Mass DOT, including the dates, individuals present, meeting agendas and any other pertinent information.

Chairman Gewirtz requested that a timeline be provided to obtain additional information and said that this item would be taken up again with at a Housing Committee meeting on December 13th.

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEENext: 12/13/2010 6:30 PM
Dec 13, 2010 6:30 PM  Housing and Community Development Committee Committee Meeting

Several members of the community weighed in on the extension of the community path into Boston and its proximity to existing railroad tracks.

Alderman Taylor's motion that the Board of Aldermen express its support to the MBTA and to MASS DOT for the extension of the community path into Boston, in conjunction with Red Bridge, was approved,

RESULT:KEPT IN COMMITTEENext: 12/14/2011 7:30 PM
Dec 14, 2011 7:30 PM  Housing and Community Development Committee Committee Meeting

This item was previously dealt with.

RESULT:WORK COMPLETED
Dec 20, 2011 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
RESULT:WORK COMPLETED