City of Somerville

Agenda Item
Referred for Recommendation
Aug 23, 2018 7:00 PM

That the City take by eminent domain for a public purpose the property at 217 Somerville Ave, for the sum of $1,200,000.


Department:Board of AldermenSponsors:Ward Two Alderman Jefferson Thomas ("J.T.") Scott


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Official Text

That this Board consider and approve the attached Order of Taking for 217 Somerville Ave.


I would be grateful for the Law Department's assistance in the preparation of this order. Thank you for your consideration of this matter.



Jefferson Thomas Scott, Ward 2 Alderman

Meeting History

Aug 23, 2018 7:00 PM Video Board of Aldermen Regular Meeting
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Alderman Scott reported that this property is abandoned and overgrown and has rodents, and could be made into a park. It was recently purchased by a developer and does not have a current use or any current plans. Alderman Ballantyne said a park would be wonderful, but there needs to be a negotiation before acquiring the property. Alderman Scott responded that this is not a negotiation, it's how eminent domain works, using fair market value. Alderman Niedergang said the city should take every step possible to get more open space, and he would like to explore this proposal further.