Public Hearing on Union Square
Neighborhood Council Designation 

Monday, July 9, 2018 at 6:45 p.m.
City Hall BOA Chambers
93 Highland Ave., 2nd Floor
Somerville, MA 02143

Members of the public are invited to attend and speak at a Monday, July 9, Public Hearing on the application of the Union Square Neighborhood Council (USNC) requesting 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 community in matters related to Union Square projects before City departments, boards, and commissions. To review the USNC's application documents— as well as the new ordinance, passed on June 28, 2018, by the Board of Aldermen, that describes the designation process— please scroll down to the Information & Resources tab.

The hearing, held by the Board of Aldermen Legislative Matters Committee of the Whole, will take place Monday, July 9, at City Hall in the Aldermanic Chambers. Please note, this hearing will be preceded by a hearing on another matter (the Draft Demolition Review Ordinance) that starts at 6 p.m., and will start immediately at the conclusion of that hearing so attendees are urged to arrive as close to 6 p.m. as possible.

Public testimony at the hearing will be limited to two minutes per person. Written testimony may be submitted to [email protected] and [email protected]. As the Chair expects that deliberation will occur at the July 9th meeting, members of the public are encouraged to submit written testimony at least several days before the Public Hearing, but written testimony for the record will be accepted at any time.


Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Nency Salamoun, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or [email protected].


  • USNC Members

  • USNC Information & Resources

  • Contact Us


Local Group Affiliations

Bill Cavellini (co-chair)

  1. Union United Steering Committee
  2. Grandfather of two in the Somerville public schools

Rachel Weil (co-chair)

  1. Fossil Free Somerville
  2. Somerville Homeless Coalition
  3. Somerville Food Security Coalition

Benjamin Baldwin (secretary)


Pennie Taylor (treasurer)

  1. Our Revolution Somerville
  2. Ward 2 Somerville Democratic Committee
  3. Union United
  4. Volunteer at Somerville Community Growing Center
  5. Community Curator (2019) Somerville Museum

Afruza Akther

  1. Union United
  2. Somerville Community Corporation

Victoria Antonino

  1. Green and Open Somerville
  2. Climate Coalition of Somerville
  3. Somerville Growing Center (Board)

Joanne Berry


Benjamin Bradlow

  1. Somerville Democratic Party City Committee
  2. Ward 3 Democratic Party Committee
  3. Our Revolution Somerville
  4. Boston Democratic Socialists of America
  5. Soft Gut (local country-rock band)

Ann Camara

  1. Union United

Mike Firestone


Michèle Hansen


Jacob Kramer

  1. Ward 2 Democratic City Committee
  2. Our Revolution Somerville
  3. Boston Democratic Socialists of America
  4. The Growing Center
  5. Union United

Andrea Lizama

  1. Union United
  2. Groundwork Somerville

Erik Neu


Ganesh Uprety

  1. Somerville Community Corporation
  2. Union United


For questions regarding the City process to date, please contact [email protected].