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).
- Permanent Bylaws Referendum
A referendum open to all USNC members will be held on or before Saturday, January 5th to approve permanent bylaws, which may be reviewed here (PDF).
- US2 & USNC Present before BoA Finance Committee
Both master developer US2 and the Neighborhood Council made a presentation before the Finance Committee of the Board of Aldermen on December 11.
- Neighborhood Conversation on Bylaws
A two hour session in which USNC members, board members and Wards 2 and 3 aldermen talked about bylaws proposals, including various ideas for voting methods to be used in upcoming board elections, took place on Saturday, December 1st. Video for that session is now available, and notes on what was said will be forthcoming.
- Alternative Design Plans
An informal charette to consider possibilities for alternative designs for the D2 site took place in mid-August, 2018. Those plans can be viewered here.
- BEC seeks new members!
The built environment committee is seeking additional members, especially those having experience in design and urban planning. Please see details here.
- US2 D2 Waiver Denied
The MEPA Office has denied US2's request for a Phase I waiver for their project on the D2 parcel.
- D2 DRC meeting audio
A one hour recording of the part of the August 30 meeting of the Design Review Committee at City Hall pertaining to the D2 project is now available.
- 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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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!