9/27/15 Mystic View Task Force Annual Meeting Reply


P.O. BOX 441979 · Somerville, MA 02144

Dear MVTF Supporters,

Assembly Square is a vibrant place.

The new Orange Line T-Stop is open. Residents are living in the new apartments. Shops, restaurants, Legoland, and the new cinema are humming. Public events are being held at the Amphitheater by Baxter State Park along the Mystic. Federal Realty is moving ahead with the next phase of Assembly Row development — the blocks between Canal Street and Foley Street.

Partners Healthcare is building a new administrative center at the old IKEA site that will house 4500 employees. A major facility like this will surely encourage other high-value projects, such as research and development facilities, in the remaining parcels. We need to make sure that the follow-on projects happen.

The Community Assembly Room at 50 Middlesex Avenue is in use. MVTF is holding meetings in the facility, along with Somerville Community Corporation, Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership, and East Somerville Main Streets.

These outcomes all reflect the work of Mystic View Task Force.  But our work is not done and there is a continuing need for vigilance.  In addition to keeping an eye on Assembly Square:

  • We are monitoring the implementation of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and the work to upgrade the city zoning to entitle building form rather than to subject each new project to endless process.
  • We are monitoring progress on the Green Line Extension, due to complete in 2018, but threatened by delays and new budget overruns. Bridge demolition continues and station designs are being scrutinized.
  • We are participating in the ongoing work of the Union Square Civic Advisory Committee, which is working with the City, its consultants, and the master developer, US2, to plan the evolution of Union Square over the next 30 years.
  • We are posting selected public meetings on the Somerville Development Forum (SDF). To register as an SDF contributor or subscribe to the SDF RSS feed, go to mvtf.wordpress.com. To subscribe to the weekly email update, send an e-mail to dd@whyisthisimportant.net.

For more on our past and future efforts, and to elect the new Board and officers, please come to our 2015 Annual Meeting:

Sunday, September 27, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Community Assembly Room
50 Middlesex Avenue, Somerville
(at the corner of Foley Street and Middlesex Avenue)

We thank you for your continued support and involvement, and look forward to seeing you there.


Barbara Steiner
President, Mystic View Task Force

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