Public hearing and rally in Somerville

On June 20, 2013, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times


On the evening of Thursday June 20, the Somerville Planning Board will hold a public hearing to discuss the proposed development by the Somerville Community Corporation (SCC) and Boston-based Cathartes Private Investments (CPI) at 181 & 197 Washington Street in Union Square, Somerville. The hearing will begin at 6:00 pm at the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA),  259 Lowell Street in Somerville. A rally will be held by SCC supporters outside the building beginning at 5:15 pm. Many of these supporters will be holding signs, wearing stickers, and participating in short skits that demonstrate the importance of providing housing opportunities affordable to people of all incomes and ensuring that the pending Green Line Extension is not a ticket out of town for Somerville families.


infographic_side2_final_(2)This joint proposal between SCC and Cathartes Private Investments represents a unique private/nonprofit partnership to transform a vacant building and underutilized lot into 84 new energy-efficient apartments over retail and office space that:

  • Embraces the community’s vision for a vibrant, connected, transit-oriented Union Square;
  • Provides a welcoming gateway to a neighborhood remaining affordable to people of all incomes;
  • Preserves opportunities for everyone- including working families with children- to thrive in Somerville and to benefit from the Green Line Extension.

Somerville Community Corporation (SCC) is committed to working with and being guided by Somerville residents.  We want everyone to benefit from access to good jobs, great transportation, a thriving economy, public open space, and other city amenities.  To ensure this, SCC prioritizes the value of “keeping housing within reach” of people of all incomes.


For more information about SCC and about this project:

For more on SCC’s vision for this project:

For live video testimonials from Somerville residents, political candidates, and public officials speaking in support of this project:


For detailed plans, sketches, and studies on this project:


7 Responses to “Public hearing and rally in Somerville”

  1. realnewsplease says:

    What unbiased reporting. Putting out a press release by SCC as part of a poor attempt at informing the public about a public hearing.

  2. MarketMan says:

    Wow, SCC is really pushing this.

  3. Jim says:

    The SCC are behaving like bullies. Given the fact that they are hosting a noisy rally outside the meeting, do you really think they give a sh!t about addressing the concerns of the neighbors regarding density and parking?

    They’ve decided to fight instead of engage with the neighbors.

  4. MarketMan says:

    I agree with Jim. And that’s how we know SCC does not plan to build anything that the community wants or needs. They just plan to market whatever they think certain people want to hear and then just do what they want. SCC is now a bad word in my mind.

  5. Villenous says:

    Union Square is zoned for greater housing density and taller buildings. SCC should get its project. Nice to see someone building something other than luxury condos.

  6. A.Moore says:

    I like the “Embraces the community’s vision”. I bet.

  7. Marilyn says:

    This story shows just how out of touch the SCC is. They plan to hold a rally of supporters, including skits, outside of the Assisted Living Facility. The time given is likely their dinner hour. How dare they? These people host community meetings on a regular basis, why should they also be subjected to your ‘rally’? This is not City Hall, or a public square, this is their home and they deserve to enjoy it in peace. They are unable to leave if they are being disturbed.

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