US2 MEPA Waiver Denial
September 5, 2018
The Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office today published an issue of its MEPA Environmental Monitor which contains an announcement of the denial of the Phase I waiver request submitted by master developer US2 to expedite construction on the D2 parcel at the intersection of Somverville Avenue and Prospect Street, extending down to the area now under construction which will provide the new Union Square MBTA station.
The 354 page (PDF) document linked from the MEPA Environmental Monitor describes the reasons for the waiver denial and specifies that US2 is obligated to file an Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which must be reviewed and approved before construction will be allowed to proceed. The letter itself, signed by Secretary Matthew A. Beaton, is 35 pages long. Following the denial letter from Secretary Beaton is a presentation of all the letters received from those who wrote to express support for or opposition to the waiver application, some doing so in response to a call from USNC..
Other useful information resources are:
- US2 presentation at MEPA public consultation, August 2 (contains video from the event)
- Design Review Committee meeting, August 30 (contains audio and links to US2 & alternative design plans)
Here is the first page of the MEPA Office letter of waiver denial.