City of Somerville

Agenda Item
Approved as Amended.
Oct 2, 2012 7:30 PM

Requesting approval of an updated Union Square Revitalization Plan, per MGL c121B s48 and 760 CMR 12.00 et seq., incorporating all changes presented at the September 25 Housing and Community Development Committee meeting.


Category:Mayor's RequestPurposes:Miscellaneous Mayor's Request

Official Text

To the Honorable Board:


Per the regulations of MGL Section 121B (Housing and Urban Renewal), and 760 CMR 12 (Urban Renewal Regulations) I am submitting for approval to your Honorable Board the Union Square Revitalization Plan. 


Approval of this plan will allow the City to honor its obligations under the recent Memorandum of Agreement between the City, MassDOT and the MBTA for construction of the new Union Square Green Line station.  The plan will also facilitate transit-oriented development of land in Union Square, supported by the new station, and generate new jobs and state and local tax revenue.  The plan facilitates the implementation of goals for Union Square from the 2012 SomerVision plan, the 2009 Union Square Rezoning, and many other area planning efforts in recent years.


The attached document is a clean copy of the redline version of the document that was distributed on September 21, 2012 and discussed in the committee of the whole meeting on September 25, 2012.


I look forward to the opportunity to further discuss this plan with the Board.


Respectfully submitted,


Joseph A. Curtatone


Meeting History

Oct 2, 2012 7:30 PM Video City Council Special Meeting

AMENDMENT: On Page 59 of the Plan, replace the sentence beginning with "While the City seeks . . . " with the following: "While the SRA seeks to initiate redevelopment of Block D2 in order to ensure the operation of the Green Line station by winter 2016-2017 as set forth in the MOA, it is the SRA's preference that the private sector will proactively undertake redevelopment of Blocks D3-D7."

AYES:John M. Connolly, Bruce M. Desmond, Dennis M. Sullivan, William M. Roche, Maryann M. Heuston, Tony Lafuente, Sean T. O’Donovan
NAYS:William A. White Jr., Thomas F. Taylor, Rebekah L. Gewirtz
ABSENT:Robert C. Trane