MVTF Annual Meeting Sat. 10/1 @2PM Reply

The Mystic View Task Force will hold its 2015-2016 Annual Meeting Saturday, October 1, from 2:00 – 3:30 PM at the Community Assembly Room, 50 Middlesex Ave., Somerville, MA.  We will review the work of the past year, discuss plans for the coming year, elect the Board of Directors, and select the Officers from the Board of Directors. Members who are Somerville residents and who were current in their dues at the close of the fiscal year (August 31 2016) are entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting.


5/9/16 MassDOT and Control Board Vote to Continue GLX with Conditions Reply

After a 4-1/2 hour joint meeting, the Board of the Mass Department of Transportation and the Fiscal and Management Control Board of the MBTA voted unanimously to continue the Green Line Extension with conditions:

  • Staff are to submit redesign and revised materials to the Federal Transit Authority.
  • Staff are to prepare a revised finance plan suggesting how to make up the remaining $73M shortfall.
  • Staff are to report to board:
    • Strategy and progress for hiring a management team for the GLX project and for  addressing ongoing T management issues.
    • Recommendations for advancing project while FTA process continues.
    • Recommendations for gating items for which staff will return to these boards for direction.

The finance plan was required because after cutting the project deeply, removing even full roofs from the stations, the estimate came out over budget:

Estimate:                                            $2.29B
Includes sunk costs, new vehicles, contingency reserve

Revenue:                                           $1.992B

Initial funding gap:                           $300M

Boston MPO funds transfer:          -$150M
City of Somerville commitment:    – $50M
City of Cambridge commitment:     -$25M

Remaining funding gap:                     $75M


Conference rooms 1, 2, and 3 at the Transportation Building were crowded with political leaders and members of the public.

Mayor Joe Curtatone of Somerville, the mayor of Medford and the Cambridge City Manager spoke in solidarity in support.  Senator Patricia Jehlen spoke for the state delegations of the three cities in support. Bill White, Mark Niedergang, and Katjana Ballentyne spoke  individually in support.

Over fifty citizens spoke, only one in opposition. Points raised include community health, environmental justice, access transportation as an equity issue, GLX as a legal commitment, GLX as key to future development plans, connect the community path all the way. Representative of Tufts University said that Tufts was making land available for construction and making commitment for maintenance around the station. People came from the South End of Boston and from the Back Bay to speak in support.


5/9/16: MBTA Vote on GLX Funding Reply

5/9/16: MBTA Vote on GLX Funding

Mon. May 9 1:00 – 4:00 PM <= Check title link for final schedule!

State Transportation Building
Conf. Rms. 1, 2, 3
10 Park Plaza
Boston MA (map)

The Fiscal and Management Control Board of the MBTA is meeting to discuss, among other topics, the fate of the Green Line Extension. For the first 90 minutes of its meeting, it will listen to public comments on the Green Line Extension and Community Path.

The Fiscal and Management Control Board plans to vote on Monday. This is your last chance to speak directly to the people who will decide the fate of these vital projects before the Board votes on how to proceed.

For more information, see Monday is the most important Green Line meeting in 10 years.


5/3/16, 5/5/16: LOCUS and SRA Union Square Meetings Reply

5/3/16: LOCUS Union Square Meeting

Tue. May. 3 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Argenziano School
Cafetorium
290 Washington Street
Somerville MA (map)

LOCUS is holding a meeting to discuss the current status of the Union Square neighborhood plan.


5/5/16: Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Thu. May 5 5:00 – 7:00 PM        <= Note date and time!

Somerville City Hall
Aldermanic Chambers
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

The Somerville Redevelopment Authority is holding a meeting at which the Union Square Master Developer, US2, will present their updated neighborhood plan for Union Square.

Come and find out where things are going! There will opportunity for feedback.


4/28/16 SRA: US2 Union Square Neighborhood Plan 1

4/28/16 SRA: US2 Union Square Neighborhood Plan

MEETING CANCELLED

Argenziano School
Cafetorium
290 Washington Street
Somerville MA (map)

The Somerville Redevelopment Authority is holding a meeting at which the Union Square Master Developer, US2, will present their updated neighborhood plan for Union Square. There will opportunity for feedback. Come and find out where things are going!

For more information, see http://www.unionsquarefutures.org/.


3/16/16 Union Square Neighborhood Plan Open House Reply

3/16/16 Union Square Neighborhood Plan Open House

Wed. Mar. 16 4:30 – 8:00 PM

Somerville Public Safety Building
Community Room
220 Washington St.
Somerville MA (map)

The Somerville Office of Housing and Community Development is sponsoring an Open House at the Union Square station community room. There will be poster displays and planners present to answer your questions. Come and find out where things are going!