USNC Community Meeting
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
This meeting was video recorded, with the gracious help of the Somerville Media Center. The video can be viewed here (left click to stream, right click and select Save link as from popup menu to download). A lower quallity version of the video, for those unable to stream this one, can be accessed here.
Argenziano School (290 Washington Street) — cafeteria — 7-9 PM
The Union Square Neighborhood Council (USNC) held a community meeting on Wednesday, March 27th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the cafeteria of the the Argenziano School, 290 Washington Street. The purpose of the meeting was to report back to residents, businesses, and other stakeholders in the Union Square area on the progress of negotiations between USNC’s Negotiating Team and US2, the master developer for the Union Square Redevelopment Project. The project covers 15 acres around the new Union Square Green Line station, and its 2.4 million square feet of development will cost at least $1.5 billion to complete over the next 15-20 years. US2 representatives will participate in this meeting.
The USNC’s Negotiating Team and US2 have been engaged in negotiations for a Community Benefits Agreement for the past seven months. Some progress has been made towards an agreement, but much remains to be agreed upon between the two parties. While the USNC’s twice-a-month meetings have consistently included some reporting on the status of negotiations, this meeting provided the latest and most complete update. There was a presentation by USNC negotiating team members and from Greg Karczewski, who represented master developer US2. Then questions and comments from those attending were heard and responded to as well as possible in the limited time available.