The redevelopment of Union Square is regarded with the highest priority by Mayor Curtatone's administration. In 2012, the Board of Alderman adopted the Union Square Revitalization Plan. Once it was approved by the State, it gave the City the ability to acquire and dispose of the 7 parcels identified in the plan. To date, the Somerville Redevelopment Authority (SRA) has acquired the parcel identified as D2 to help spur transit-oriented development. The Union Square Green Line station will be built on a portion of D2.
In December 2013, the City released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to identify the most qualified development partner for Union Square. The developer chosen is the preferred developer of the 7 parcels identified in the Union Square Revitalization Plan. At the same time, a Civic Advisory Committee was established to advise the City on strategic planning decisions and development in the Union Square area over the next two years. There were 9 responses to the RFP. With help from the CAC, the list was shortlisted to 4 teams. In the summer/fall of 2014, City Staff, CAC members, SRA members, and Alderman toured featured projects of the remaining 4 development teams.
In 2014, in consideration from recommendations from the CAC and the City, the Somerville Redevelopment Authority selected Union Square Station (US2) to be the master developer for Union Square. With funding available from US2, the Planning and Zoning division of the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development started a neighborhood plan using the Somerville by Design methodology in December of the same year. After a lengthy public process, the City has released the draft Union Square neighborhood plan.
Throughout the planning process, the public requested a conversation about a benefits agreement with US2. In the summer of 2015, the City teamed up with LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors to help facilitate this discussion with the City, CAC, Somerville residents, and US2. The public is invited to participate in this innovative public benefits process. There’s more information available in our FAQs document.