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).
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.
- 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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CBA Report Back & Planning Meeting
Monday, June 18th, 6:30 PM Argenziano School Cafeteria - USNC will host a meeting with members of the Board of Aldermen to publicly discuss preparations for community benefit agreement (CBA) negotiations and the issues raised in the USNC's May 25th letter urging the BoA to not approve the land transfer of the D2 parcel, in the area of the planned new MBTA station, until designated master developer US2 addresses recognition of the USNC as its negotiating partner under the terms of its covenant with the City and responds to public feedback on the proposed design of D2.
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!