I really don’t get all the hype about a brickbottom development plan while at the same time putting a 6 story self storage block next to a t station. Mind boggling.
so there's a chance that East somerville gets a T station and builds six stories of self storage on it's door step?Self storage is a very lucrative business in America today. I guess one of the lab REITs can’t write them a big enough check.
Thanks for the advice.I would approach one of the city councilors, who might be able to navigate which board has jurisdiction. Jake Wilson is pretty responsive.
It is important and useful but given it's location right outside the entrance to a T station, you have to ask, could it be better located.I’m going to play devil’s advocate for a second to ask - why is a transit accessible U-Haul and self-storage location a bad thing? I get that it is a low density use. I get that it’s neither homes nor many jobs per sq foot. However it does SUPPORT housing and in particular it supports dense housing. People in small apartments use these types of storage locations to store their skis, winter wardrobes, an heirloom piece of furniture, etc. If we want people to live in high density and car-free or car-light, doesn’t this business in this location support all of that? And the fact it’s six stories high mitigates it’s low density significantly.
Anecdotally, when I last rented a U-Haul truck I rented it from Central Sq even though Mystic Valley Parkway was closer as the crow flies. I could get to and from Central by T to start and end the trip.
I recently had to move and don't own a car. The bluebike station across the street made this location a no-brainer to rent the moving truck.It is important and useful but given it's location right outside the entrance to a T station, you have to ask, could it be better located.
No one is taking their storage stuff on the T to this place.
It will create no employment in the area
It will look ugly
It will slow any useful TOD in the area
It will increase traffic.
It will decrease footfall
It doesn't add anything to the art scene in the area
It won't benefit in any way from the lowering of McGrath
East Somerville T station already got VE'd way worse than any other GLX station, I think there's an attitude of 'screw it, it's just east somerville' and this doesn't help.
Since cobble hill got flattened, there's no reasonable convenience store in the area. Just build 5 over 1 with retail and an mix of affordable and market rate units above. It's simple.
If you own enough crap to put in storage, you own too much crap. (that last one is just a personal opinion).
You honestly believe this is good use of a site 20ft from an urban t station? There’s already one at assembly 5 mins walk from the t.I recently had to move and don't own a car. The bluebike station across the street made this location a no-brainer to rent the moving truck.
For those who don't bike, they can soon take the train there.
The city is building smaller units everywhere. Older people are downsizing. They end up with an abundance of "stuff" and need to be able to put it somewhere if they want to keep it.
"Stuff" in storage like this isn't frequently accessed, but when it is, people need to be able to get there without a car. They can rent a truck downstairs when they need to move things in and out.
The take away is thank God this is a 6 story building because that means they're being efficient with their land given what they're trying to offer.