Gilman Square Plan Implementation

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Photo from July 2019 Gilman Square meeting.

The Gilman Square Station Area Plan was finalized in February of 2014. Since then, a lot has changed: the Green Line station design has evolved, we have received better information about the subsurface infrastructure that affects the intersection design, and the Somerville Zoning Overhaul has everyone thinking about zoning.

In addition, the Gilman Square Neighborhood Association (GSNA) formed in 2018. This group of residents and business owners meets regularly and hosts block parties, neighborly gatherings, and advocates for the neighborhood. In 2019, GSNA and the City signed an agreement to work collaboratively on the implementation of the neighborhood plan in Gilman Square. Since then, GSNA and the City have co-hosted community events together, discussed proposed developments in the area, and planned for future development projects like the Homans Building.

Now, GSNA and the City are working together to implement the neighborhood plan. We're strategizing around important sites like the Homans Building and working together to ensure we get broad participation in creating the future of Gilman Square.


Happening Now: Pearl St & Medford St Streetscape Design Process & Forming a Civic Advisory Committee

On November 22nd, City staff provided an update on present and future projects in Gilman Square, presented the feasibility study for an accessible path from Marshall Street to the Medford Street Bridge and Community Path extension, discussed options for protected bicycle lanes on Medford Street and Pearl Street from the School Street to the Skilton Ave intersections, and gathered public feedback. Please refer to the recording and slides from the presentation, and take the survey to provide your feedback.

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The City is now taking applications for the Gilman Square City Redevelopment Parcels Civic Advisory Committee. As we turn our attention to the redevelopment of the Homans site and the Gilman Square triangle site, the City is forming a civic advisory committee to serve as conveners of the public engagement effort to make key decisions about the next steps - what uses are priorities for the sites and if, and by what process, the Mobil gas station should be connected into the project. This committee will bring together a diverse group of Gilman Square neighborhood leaders and connectors and will be tasked with helping bring as many voices into the process as possible and to synthesize community feedback. Applications are due December 19th at 11:59pm.


Kreyòl Ayisyen: Pwojè sa se yon fason pou aplike plan ki genyen pou katye Gilman Square a. Pou entèpretasyon sou pwojè sa, tanpri kontakte 617-666-3311 oubyen voye on email nan: SomerViv@SomervilleMA.gov.

Português: Este projeto trata da implementação do Plano de Vizinhança da Gilman Square. Para tradução em português sobre este projeto, entre em contato com 617-666-3311 ou por e-mail SomerVivaPort@SomervilleMA.gov.

Español: Este proyecto se trata de implementar el Plan Vecinal de Gilman Square. Para obtener información sobre este proyecto, comuníquese con 617-666-3311 o por correo electrónico SomerVivaEspanol@SomervilleMA.gov.

The Gilman Square Station Area Plan was finalized in February of 2014. Since then, a lot has changed: the Green Line station design has evolved, we have received better information about the subsurface infrastructure that affects the intersection design, and the Somerville Zoning Overhaul has everyone thinking about zoning.

In addition, the Gilman Square Neighborhood Association (GSNA) formed in 2018. This group of residents and business owners meets regularly and hosts block parties, neighborly gatherings, and advocates for the neighborhood. In 2019, GSNA and the City signed an agreement to work collaboratively on the implementation of the neighborhood plan in Gilman Square. Since then, GSNA and the City have co-hosted community events together, discussed proposed developments in the area, and planned for future development projects like the Homans Building.

Now, GSNA and the City are working together to implement the neighborhood plan. We're strategizing around important sites like the Homans Building and working together to ensure we get broad participation in creating the future of Gilman Square.


Happening Now: Pearl St & Medford St Streetscape Design Process & Forming a Civic Advisory Committee

On November 22nd, City staff provided an update on present and future projects in Gilman Square, presented the feasibility study for an accessible path from Marshall Street to the Medford Street Bridge and Community Path extension, discussed options for protected bicycle lanes on Medford Street and Pearl Street from the School Street to the Skilton Ave intersections, and gathered public feedback. Please refer to the recording and slides from the presentation, and take the survey to provide your feedback.

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The City is now taking applications for the Gilman Square City Redevelopment Parcels Civic Advisory Committee. As we turn our attention to the redevelopment of the Homans site and the Gilman Square triangle site, the City is forming a civic advisory committee to serve as conveners of the public engagement effort to make key decisions about the next steps - what uses are priorities for the sites and if, and by what process, the Mobil gas station should be connected into the project. This committee will bring together a diverse group of Gilman Square neighborhood leaders and connectors and will be tasked with helping bring as many voices into the process as possible and to synthesize community feedback. Applications are due December 19th at 11:59pm.


Kreyòl Ayisyen: Pwojè sa se yon fason pou aplike plan ki genyen pou katye Gilman Square a. Pou entèpretasyon sou pwojè sa, tanpri kontakte 617-666-3311 oubyen voye on email nan: SomerViv@SomervilleMA.gov.

Português: Este projeto trata da implementação do Plano de Vizinhança da Gilman Square. Para tradução em português sobre este projeto, entre em contato com 617-666-3311 ou por e-mail SomerVivaPort@SomervilleMA.gov.

Español: Este proyecto se trata de implementar el Plan Vecinal de Gilman Square. Para obtener información sobre este proyecto, comuníquese con 617-666-3311 o por correo electrónico SomerVivaEspanol@SomervilleMA.gov.

  • Join the Civic Advisory Committee for Gilman Square City Redevelopment Parcels

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    Join the Civic Advisory Committee – Apply today!

    The City of Somerville is looking for a diverse group of 12 community members (from different backgrounds, ages, languages, etc.) to join a committee to follow the redevelopment of the City-owned sites next to the new Green Line Station from project selection through construction.

    There are many steps in the redevelopment process and this committee will be a sounding board for the neighborhood through each phase. We are looking for a diverse group of Gilman Square residents, business representatives, and institutional leaders who are excited to gather ideas from the community and share updates with their neighbors.

    If you love connecting people to what’s happening in Gilman Square and are excited about this transformation, we hope you’ll consider applying.

    Click here to learn more about the committee and to apply.

    Applications are due Dec 19th, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

  • Gilman Square Street Design Community Meeting

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    Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Ward 1 Councilor Matt McLaughlin, Ward 4 Councilor Jesse Clingan, and Ward 3 Councilor Ben Ewen-Campen invite you to a virtual community meeting to discuss the Gilman Square Street Design.

    At this meeting, City staff will provide an update on present and future projects in Gilman Square, present the feasibility study for an accessible path from Marshall Street to the Medford Street Bridge and Community Path extension, discuss options for protected bicycle lanes on Medford Street and Pearl Street from the School Street to the Skilton Ave intersections, and gather public feedback.

    The meeting will take place virtually on Monday, November 22, at 6:00 p.m. Please register at the following link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2G3RVgxnTgqqGTYWfm8bnw.

    To join by phone:

    • One tap mobile: US: +13126266799,,83933547005# or +16465588656,,83933547005#
    • Or dial a number based on your current location and use the Webinar ID
      • US: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 720 707 2699 or +1 253 215 8782
      • Webinar ID: 839 3354 7005

    For any questions, please email transportation@somervillema.gov.

    Interpretation into Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Kreyol, or Nepali may be available upon advance request by contacting the SomerViva Office of Immigrant Affairs at somerviva@somervillema.gov or calling 311 at 617-666-3311.

    Persons with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication (i.e., CART, ASL), written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures in order to access the programs, activities, and meetings of the City of Somerville should please contact Nancy Bacci at 617-625-6600 x 2250 or nbacci@somervillema.gov.

  • October 2021: Block Party and Next Steps

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    It’s been a little while, but we are excited to share some updates about the Gilman Square Plan Implementation here and in person tomorrow at the Gilman Square Neighborhood Associations’ Block Partay.

    The Zoning Feasibility and Massing Study Synthesis Report was completed recently and is available on the website. At this point the Economic Development division will be taking the reins from Planning, Preservation, and Zoning team to move the redevelopment project forward to the next stage. Rachel Nadkarni, Senior Planner – Urban Revitalization Specialist, will be the new point of contact.

    A common question during the June public meeting was about the economics of these proposals. The City has engaged HR&A Advisors to conduct a market study to dig into the economic feasibility of the building types explored during the zoning feasibility phase and provide input to the developer selection process. Their process will be tied to the next public meeting series in the coming months.

    As a first step in preparing for the next round of meetings, the City will be forming a Civic Advisory Committee. This committee will bring together a diverse group of Gilman Square neighborhood leaders and connectors and will be tasked with helping bring as many voices into the process as possible and to synthesize community feedback. More information will be distributed in November.

    We are looking forward to connecting with all of you in this next phase and hope to see many of you at the Block Partay tomorrow.

  • Zoning Feasibility & Massing Study Synthesis Report

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    Following the conclusion of the second community meeting for the Zoning Feasibility & Massing Study, Staff synthesized the feedback received from community members throughout the process into a brief report. That report can be found here. In addition to providing an overview of the process and results of this effort, it also identifies the next step for continuing implementation of the Gilman Square Station Area Plan.

    The Economic Development Division is working to move forward with implementation of the Station Area Plan and will continue to collaborate with the community to achieve the goals identified in that plan.

  • June 2nd Meeting: Massing Study

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    Thank you to the approximately 40 people who joined us for the City’s virtual community meeting on June 2. We would also like to thank Councilors Clingan, Ewen-Campen, and McLaughlin for attending.

    This was the second of two meetings that the City held as part of the Gilman Square Implementation Update: Zoning Feasibility & Massing Study. The City’s consultant for this project, NBBJ, presented on the work they’ve been doing to incorporate feedback from the March 10th meeting and the related SomerVoice survey regarding the design schemes presented at that meeting. They presented the result of that work as three 3-D massing diagrams showing what potential buildings could look like on the site.

    You can watch the video recording of the meeting here and view the slides here.

  • Notes from the March 10 Gilman Square Implementation Update Meeting

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    Thank you to the approximately 70 people who joined us for the City’s virtual community meeting on March 10. We would like to thank Councilors Clingan, Ewen-Campen, McLaughlin, Niedergang, and Strezo for attending.

    This was the first of two meetings that the City will hold as part of the Gilman Square Implementation Update: Zoning Feasibility & Massing Study. The City’s consultant for this project, NBBJ, presented on the work they’ve been doing to explore different designs to achieve the goals of past planning work done in Gilman Square while accounting for zoning requirements and recent changes in nearby projects including the Gilman Square Station design, the Central Hill Campus Plan, and the redesign of Medford Street.

    You can watch the video recording of the meeting here and view the slides here.

    We will be posting a survey to gather additional feedback soon. If you registered for the meeting or have signed up for through SomerVoice updates on this project you will receive an email notifying you when the survey is available.

    This feedback will be valuable as we work through refining the designs presented at the March 10th meeting and developing massing diagrams of the preferred options.

  • Notes from the October 7, 2020 Meeting

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    On Wednesday, October 7, the Ward Councilors, Gilman Square Neighborhood Association (GSNA) and City staff hosted a virtual meeting to share updates on the conceptual streetscape designs and roadway improvements. This included the unveiling of an updated "20% Design. In addition, staff discussed how to implement the development goals of the Neighborhood Plan to "Bring Back the Square." The slides are available here, and a recording will be posted shortly.

    Residents are encouraged to provide feedback:

    • Survey about the intersection design: Let us know what you think about the revised intersection design.
    • Amenities in Gilman Square: We've added the many great ideas we've heard about what amenities you would like in your neighborhood. Add your own, or comment on the ones that have already been shared.
  • Notes from the February 12 Streetscape and Intersection Design Meeting

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    Thank you to the approximately 55 people who joined us for the City and the Gilman Square Neighborhood Association’s co-hosted Community Meeting on February 12 at the Winter Hill Community School. We also would like to thank Councilors Clingan and Ewen-Campen for attending.
    Viola Augustin, a City staff member, explained that the City is currently working with a consultant to explore different designs for Gilman Square intersections and streetscape. This is an important next step in the implementation of the Gilman Square Neighborhood Plan because it will identify where public space can be located and affect the shape of parcels which could be used for redevelopment.
    Viola introduced the two concepts, and then participants broke into small groups to discuss each concept's merits and challenges.

    You can see the slides from the meeting here, and the concepts here.
    We are still gathering feedback about these two initial concepts; community members are welcome to submit their feedback online until February 23. The City will share the feedback on this site by the end of February.

    After February 23, the City's consultants will:
    • Conduct traffic analysis to determine how possible changes to the roadway will affect vehicular traffic.
    • Tweak the concepts based on feedback and the results of the traffic study.
    By June, the City will have a "25% design" (a concept that is well-researched and reflects community feedback but is not the full technical document set necessary to begin construction). At this time, we will have a public meeting to share this design. Now is the time to to weigh in! We are gathering feedback until February 23.

  • Update on the 7/15/2019 Gilman Square Community Meeting

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    Thank you to the approximately 70 people who joined us for the City and the Gilman Square Neighborhood Association’s co-hosted Community Meeting on July 15 at 6pm at the Winter Hill Community School. We also would like to thank Councilors Clingan, Ewen-Campen, Mbah, Rossetti, and White for attending.
    Ward 5 Councilor Ben Ewen-Campen introduced the event, and then we heard from several City of Somerville OSPCD staff members about a variety of topics:
    • Sue Thomas (Economic Development) discussed the neighborhood plan and explained the partnership between the City and the Gilman Square Neighborhood Association (GSNA).
    • Cortney Kirk (Public Space and Urban Forestry) discussed the Central Hill planning process, park accessibility, trees, and the streetscape research currently happening at the Gilman Square intersection.
    • Viola Augustin (Transportation and Infrastructure) shared updates about the Green Line Extension and community path.
    • Tom Galligani (Economic Development) shared information about development opportunities in the Gilman Square, and Sue Thomas discussed the processes these developments involve.
    The complete slides are available here, and the handout we provided is available here. After the presentation, staff answered questions from the audience about the GLX station, open space, trees, and other topics.
    GSNA, represented by Christine Carlino, then lead the feedback exercise session at the end of the meeting with the attendees. Different easel pads throughout the room displayed different values from SomerVision 2030. Participants wrote down what they'd like to see in the square under the different categories. You can review what people contributed here.

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