This is a meeting of the Somerville Redevelopment Authority. Agenda not available. Current issues are the Union Square and Assembly Square developments and the status of the Green Line Extension. More…
East Somerville Main Streets is holding a Board meeting at which, among other matters, the Board will discuss the proposed Michael Ades development at 5 Middlesex Avenue in Assembly Square. This development is on the site of the existing office building and includes in phase 1 a five-story hotel and residential building with ground floor retail and in phase 2 a 14-story mixed-use building with office and lab space. More…
The MEPA comment period is open on the proposed Michael Ades development at 5 Middlesex Avenue in Assembly Square (EEA# 15595). This development is on the site of the existing office building and includes in phase 1 a five-story hotel and residential building with ground floor retail and in phase 2 a 14-story mixed-use building with office and lab space. More…
AIR Inc., Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership (STEP), and Partners Healthcare are sponsoring a day-long conference on the environmental impacts of airports, including air and noise pollution. The conference will bring some of the world’s foremost airport impact experts together with citizens and decisionmakers. More…
The Somerville Planning Board and the Somerville Land Use Committee are holding a joint hearing for proposed commercial zoning in Union Square. There are issues with public input to the process and with “open space” requirements. More…
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:
Includes sunk costs, new vehicles, contingency reserve
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.