~Press release from Somerville  Community Corporation

On the evening of Thursday July 11, the Somerville Planning Board will meet to discuss and vote on 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 Argenziano School, 290 Washington Street in Somerville.

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;
  • Supports SomerVision’s goals, in particular to create 6,000 new units of housing- 1,200 of them permanently affordable- by 2030
  • 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: www.everyonessomerville.org

For more on SCC’s vision for this project: http://ow.ly/mcp0E

For live video testimonials from Somerville residents, political candidates, and public officials speaking in support of this project: http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T02351&video=158191

For detailed plans, sketches, and studies on this project: http://www.somervillema.gov/departments/planning-board/reports-and-decisions

To read the most recent staff report on this project, click here

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