Final Henry Hansen Park Redesign Community Meeting, August 21

Monday, July 30, 2018

Please join Somerville Commissioner of Veterans’ Services Bryan Bishop, Ward 5 Alderman Mark Niedergang, and project design team CBA Landscape Architects on Tuesday, August 21, for the final community meeting to discuss the redesign of Henry Hansen Park. The community meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the third floor conference room of the Visiting Nurse Association, 259 Lowell Street. The design team will present the final design concept for the park redesign.

CASPAR, Inc. Celebrates Installation of Donated Solar Array with “Flip the Switch Event”

Monday, July 9, 2018

SOMERVILLE – Thanks to Solar Flair, Solarize Somerville resident participants, and the City of Somerville, local non-profit CASPAR, Inc. (Cambridge and Somerville Program for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Rehabilitation) expanded its far-reaching positive impacts on the community, and now they’re helping out the environment too. The organization was previously selected to receive a 5kW solar array donation that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions – and lower utility bills.

Public Hearing on Union Square Neighborhood Council Designation, July 9, at 6:45 p.m.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Members of the public are invited to attend and speak at a July 9 Public Hearing on the application of the Union Square Neighborhood Council (USNC) to be designated by the City as the neighborhood council for the Union Square area.  Responsibilities of the designated council will include negotiating a Community Benefits Agreement with the Union Square Master Developer, Union Square Station Associates, as well as providing a representative voice for the neighborhood in present and pending proceedings of significance before City departments, boards, and commissions.

Public Hearing on Proposed Changes to Demolition Review Ordinance, July 9, 6 p.m.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Members of the public are invited to attend and speak at a July 9 Public Hearing on proposed changes to the Demolition Review Ordinance, which currently regulates the demolition of structures 50 years of age or older that are not within an existing Local Historic District. The hearing, held by the Board of Aldermen Legislative Matters Committee of the Whole, will take place Monday, July 9, 6 p.m., at City Hall in the Aldermanic Chambers. At 6 p.m., the hearing will be preceded by a presentation on the ordinance by Director of Planning George Proakis.

Somerville’s Talent Equity Playbook Outlines Workforce Development Strategies For Building Economic Opportunity For Residents

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

SOMERVILLE –  The City of Somerville recently released a first-of-its-kind local workforce development strategic plan, the Talent Equity Playbook. The report highlights Somerville’s current and future jobs environment and labor market, workforce development resources, community priorities, actionable workforce development strategies, and ways to measure progress.

Affordable Homeownership Opportunities: 15 Income-Restricted Units @ Alloy in Assembly Row Coming Soon

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Fifteen (15) homeownership units at Alloy in Assembly Row will be available within the next few months.  If you haven’t already signed up to receive notifications, you can add your email or mailing address to the Inclusionary Housing Listserv by clicking below and you will be notified with more information on these units as soon as we have it.  In the meantime, if you have not already taken a first-time homebuyers class make sure to do so as you will be required to submit a valid first-time homebuyers certificate or verification of enrollment in a c

Night Time Artisan Market, Live Music, in Union Square Plaza June 30

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Join the Somerville Arts Council and ArtsUnion in the Union Square Plaza on Saturday, June 30 for a nighttime artisan and flea market featuring live music by local artists from 5 to 10 p.m. The event will include three musical acts and over 35 vendors featuring fantastic vintage and artisan wares under the stars in the heart of Union Square. There will also be a beer garden sponsored by Brass Union.

Somerville Launches Revised Lead Paint Safety Program

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

SOMERVILLE – Mitigating lead paint hazards in Somerville’s housing supply is one of the priorities on Mayor Curtatone’s affordable housing agenda. This month, the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development Housing Division kicks off a new program – Lead Paint Safe Somerville – designed to help address those hazards.

Rock and Read with the 2018 Summer Reading Program

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Somerville Public Library invites all members of the community to participate in the 2018 Summer Reading Program, running from June 19 to August 15. All three library locations will be offering a variety of programs and prizes around this year’s national Collaborative Summer Reading Program theme, Libraries Rock!™. For the second year in a row, the Somerville Public Library will be offering programs for readers of all ages, including children, teens, and adults.

Applications Now Available for FY19 Somerville Community Preservation Act Funds

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

SOMERVILLE – Application materials for this year’s Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds as well as the FY19 Community Preservation Plan, which sets the funding allocations and priorities for the year, are now available. 

An estimated $1.1 million is available for projects that preserve Somerville’s historic resources and expand and improve our parks and recreation land, including $210,000 earmarked for open space acquisition. This year marks the first year that the minimum funding allocations have changed since the program began in FY15. This year’s funding allocations are: