About the Departmental Relocation Strategy Initiative
The City of Somerville is investigating ways to relocate City and School departments in an effort to improve the constituent experience, increase the efficiency of services, and reduce operating costs.
The City conducted similar planning exercises on several occasions in the past but, for a variety of reasons, did not move forward with the recommendations from these plans. A key difference with this plan is the opportunity presented by the 1895 Building, which will be vacant at the conclusion of the Somerville High School project and allows for consolidation of City and School services around City Hall and the high school. Recognizing this pivotal opportunity, the Capital Projects and Planning Department engaged a planning consultant to prepare this Departmental Relocation Strategy and Implementation Plan and assembled a Master Plan Working Group to assist with the considerable analyses and evaluations that a plan of this significance requires. The Master Plan Working Group had 12 members, representing the City Council, School Committee, Somerville Public Schools Administration, and the City’s Capital Projects and Planning, Inspectional Services, Planning & Zoning, and SomerStat departments.
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