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, workers, and volunteers in the Union Square neighborhood, though all are welcome to attend and participate in meetings, which are being held via the Zoom videoconferencing software during the present pandemic period..
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).
- Neighborhood Meeting on New Developments
US2 hosted a virtual meeting on Wednesday, January 12th to present its design plans for 50 Webster Avenue Building and 62 Prospect Street Civic Space. A link to a recording of that meeting will be provided here soon.
- Globe Article on a Changing Union Square
An article appeared in the Boston Globe on January 3, 2022 entitled ‘Tension is everywhere’: In Somerville, a tech cluster emerges with hope and worry that seems worthy of special note.
- Support Union Square Businesses!
Union Square's businesses need you and you need them! It may feel like we are moving past many pandemic impacts, but small local businesses have a steep climb ahead as they manage hiring and supply chain challenges and strive to catch up on back rent and other expenses. Please remember to #LoveUnionSquare and be #Loyal2Local to keep your favorite shops in Union right where they belong. (a message from Union Square Main Streets)
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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 meetings and committees pages, respectively. Links are provided on these pages to archived agendæ, meeting minutes and videos.
As of December, 2021, most such meetings are being held on the first and third Mondays of each month. The next meeting will occur on Monday, February 7th
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!