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The redevelopment of Union Square is regarded with the highest priority by Mayor Curtatone's administration. The City recently completed an over four-year process of developing new zoning to provide incentives for economic development, diverse housing, and the Arts community. The City owns several key sites including the former Kiley Barrel property at the intersection of Prospect and Somerville Avenue. The City is committed to using the development potential of these municipally owned properties to affect development in a positive way and ensure a successful future for this vital and  historic district of Somerville. Specifically, the planned development in Union Square aims to accomplish the following:

  • Develop a local economy that emphasizes the tax base, service, residential, shopping, and employment needs of the community;  
  • Strengthen and market Unions Square's image;    
  • Pursue urban design projects that create a unified square, are compatible on a pedestrian scale, define the area as a commercial center, and are aesthetically pleasing;
  • Strengthen the role of public places and facilities; 
  • Maintain an efficient and thorough system of transportation infrastructure that balances public transit, private and commercial vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians that is consistent with Union Square's image as a commercial center; and
  • Develop a comprehensive parking management plan. 

In December 2013, the City released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) as an attempt to identify the most qualified development partner for Union Square. The full RFQ can be found here. Responses to the RFQ are due on Friday, January 31, at which time they will be released for public viewing. A 19-member Civic Advisory Committee has been established to advise the City on strategic planning decisions and development in the Union Square area over the next two years.

This page will provide continual updates regarding news, public hearings and events related to the development of Union Square. Be sure to check back often!

The City of Somerville and the CAC will be hosting a series of three meetings in which master developer teams will have the opportunity to present to the community. At each meeting, three teams will present for approximately 25 minutes each. A brief Q&A will follow.

These meetings will be held as follows:

Wed., March 5, 2014 from 6-8 P.M.
Cafeteria at the Argenziano School
Presentations by: Trinity/Davis; KSS/Redgate; HYM

Tues., March 11, 2014 from 6-8 P.M.
Cafeteria at the Argenziano School
Presentations by: FRIT/National; Union Square Station Assoc.; Gerding Edlen

Tues., March 18, 2014 from 6-8 P.M.
Cafeteria at the Argenziano School
Presentations by: Samuels and Assoc.; Abbey Group; Fallon Company

After hearing from all nine of the master developer candidates, the CAC voted to narrow down the list to four finalists: The Abbey Group, Federal Realty/National Development, Gerding Edlen, and US2. In late May, a 10-person Due Diligence Team traveled to tour projects of the master developer candidates in Bethesda (Federal Realty), Chicago (US2), Portland (Gerding Edlen) and San Jose (Federal Realty). The Due Diligence delegation will tour project by The Abbey Group in early June. 

The next meeting of the CAC is scheduled for June 16th 6-8 p.m. at the Argenziano School. The public is invited to attend.