- Jul 19, 2021
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Three condos from this project are now listed on Zillow. Average is $900/sqft. Crazy. Some unique lofted rooms on the upper levels.
This construction started a while ago. I think Somerville (and Brookline) just got on the state's waitlist to allow the ban on gas hookups late last year after the Legislature allowed municipalities to ban new gas hook-ups?Brand new residential construction in 2023 and they go with a gas stove...? Has Somerville not banned gas hookups in new buildings like Brookline? Seems like a no brainer.
Is this Union Sq? I think before the T I would have said no. But now it is right?
Either way, good news - finally a tenant! A bakery going in. That being said, can I rail on the building for a bit?? Marketing a luxury condos…what a disaster of detailing and materials. Not to mention the ground floor height that is about 6ft too short? And the overall bldg height?? So many things this building got wrong. Hopefully the bakery makes up for it!
Truly insane that they can’t get the economics to work out to have an air rights development above this. Such prime real estate that the city and direct abutters are begging to have a building on instead of this plan.Whole package of renderings are up for the substation screen: https://s3.amazonaws.com/somervillema.gov.if-us-east-1/s3fs-public/2023-04/Prospect Street 51, P&Z 21-181 - Renderings Package 4-26-23.pdf
The mesh fence was a neighborhood request. I guess they need to look at it all the time, so they should get their say...
Truly insane that they can’t get the economics to work out to have an air rights development above this. Such prime real estate that the city and direct abutters are begging to have a building on instead of this plan.
I think many of the industrial parcels are spoken for in the USQ and Boynton Yards plans. Given that Eversource has already done air rights above a substation in Kendall, I expected they could do the same here. It seems rare that the city and neighbors are asking for a development to happen and the landowner’s response is “no”. Eversource could have leveraged that position to get the parcel up-zoned or exempt from some affordability restrictions etc.There's lots of sites to build on around Union and Boynton right now - why would you take on the hassles of building above a substation?
They did commit to keeping the potential GLX ROW clear in a public meeting in December:Frustrating that they don’t appear to be relocating transformers to clear the ROW for a GL extension. It’s a no-brainer if they are already doing a substantial rebuild of the substation.
We heard your concerns about the potential for a future expansion of the MBTA rail line, and while we received assurance from the MBTA that this project will not impede any potential future work, we too wanted no hint of a hindrance for the MBTA.
because, given it's location, It's probably the most valuable site in the whole area.There's lots of sites to build on around Union and Boynton right now - why would you take on the hassles of building above a substation?