Community Center and Pedestrian Bridge Committee

September, 2021

Next meeting

to be announced
(Meetings have thus far taken place on October 13thand 28th.)

Mission and Purpose

Developers in Union Square are required by zoning law to either set aside square footage towards a community center within the area of their property or to contribute a substantial monetary sum in lieu of that obligation for construction of such a facility on the property of another developer. Many neighbors in the Union Square area feel that we would all be better served if all but one of the developers exercise the in lieu option, so that we can achieve the synergistic effects resulting from one large community center rather than having several smaller ones. The developers and the City both seem interested.  But there has been no leadership from the City.

Boynton Yards is going to be a hugely developed area which will produce large numbers of residents and jobs. Automobile access to the area is very difficult due to limited road capacity. The only way to reach that area on foot from the new Union Square MBTA Green Line stop as it is presently envisioned and planned will be over one bridge (on Prospect Street) with one narrow sidewalk. Neighbors have suggested a pedestrian bridge between Union Square and Boynton Yards to address the need for much more direct access.  Developers and the City seem interested.  But, again, there has been no leadership from the City.

If you would like to become a member of this committee, designed to develop ideas and strategies aimed at these two important needs, please send a message via the contact form, providing as much information about yourself and your ideas on this subject as you think appropriate.