What is the Neighborhood Council?
Somerville's Union Square Neighborhood Council was created to help shape the future of Union Square as an increasingly inclusive and vibrant neighborhood and commercial center built around the aspirations of the people who live and work here. Membership is open to all residents, property owners, business owners, and employees in the Union Square neighborhood, though all are welcome to attend and participate in meetings.
Among the most important of the activities of the Neighborhood Council is the negotiation of a Community Benefits Agreement with developers. A report was approved by the board and published in March, 2018 that explains the priorities of the CBA effort.
Online Discussion Groups
The USNC presently uses Google Groups to communicate. You can read via the web interface and/or sign up for email notifications.
USNC board discussion forum - This forum is for board members to conduct their communication in public view. Only board members may post, but anyone can read and follow along with the discussion.
USNC Public discussion forum - This forum is open to all. Posts are publicly visible. If you want to post, you must join the group; click the blue button that says Apply to join group. All applications will be approved (this step is intended to control spam).
- Alternative Design Proposal for D2 Parcel Project
Three alternative designs for the D2 project have been submitted to the Built Environment Committee, which endorsed the underlying design principles of one of them.
- US2 filing for MEPA waiver
Union Square master developer, US2, has filed an application for a waiver from MEPA environmental regulations on the "D2" site, where construction preparations are now underway. Please see the announcement of this waiver application, which contains an appeal for Union Square citizens to submit comments on this applicaton. Verbal comments were accepted at the MEPA consultation session on August 2nd. (A video recording of that event is available here.)
- 65 Bow Street development - A proposal has been written to describe terms under which development on the property at 65 Bow Street, the present site of Lien's Auto Repair, might be developed by Newmarket Properties, which is interested in purchase of the land for the purpose of constructing a new housing unit.
- community center group - A group is being formed to think about and advocate for what we want in the indoor civic space component of the CBA we will be negotiating with the master developer, US2. A brief description of this group, which will hold its first meeting soon, is now available here. Please use the Contact form to indicate your interest in being part of this working group.
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Design Review Committee Meeting
The DRC will hold a public meeting at 6:30 on Monday, August 20th at the police station to consider the US2 proposal for D2.
USNC general meetings are attended by board members and are open to the public. General, committee and working group meetings are listed on the calendar, as well as on the meetings and committees pages, which also contain archives of agendæ and meeting minutes.
Committees & Working Groups
USNC committees address specific neighborhood and council needs. Please join one or more if you’re interested and want to help out!