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: Share Your Priorities for the Redevelopment of City-owned Properties in Gilman Square

A community meeting to kick off the conversation around priorities for redeveloping the City-owned properties in Gilman Square was held on March 14th, 2022. The presentation described the history of these properties and the vision for their future that has been in development since 2014. In this current phase, we want to hear what’s on your priority list for when these properties are redeveloped. Are there particular business types, community spaces, and housing opportunities that you would like to see considered here?

Presentation Slides from March 14th and Video Recording are Available

See what meeting attendees had to say by reviewing the Jamboards from the breakout sessions.

Want to share your ideas? Take the online survey! | Faça o inquérito | Haz la encuesta

Missed the meeting in March? Join the City of Somerville and the Gilman Square Civic Advisory Committee for a midday repeat of the workshop on Wednesday May 11th from 12:00 - 1:30 pm. https://voice.somervillema.gov/gilman-square-plan-implementation/widgets/17290/key_dates#18892

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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. A survey was also conducted and the city's design team is now reviewing the feedback received. Thank you to all who participated!


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: Share Your Priorities for the Redevelopment of City-owned Properties in Gilman Square

A community meeting to kick off the conversation around priorities for redeveloping the City-owned properties in Gilman Square was held on March 14th, 2022. The presentation described the history of these properties and the vision for their future that has been in development since 2014. In this current phase, we want to hear what’s on your priority list for when these properties are redeveloped. Are there particular business types, community spaces, and housing opportunities that you would like to see considered here?

Presentation Slides from March 14th and Video Recording are Available

See what meeting attendees had to say by reviewing the Jamboards from the breakout sessions.

Want to share your ideas? Take the online survey! | Faça o inquérito | Haz la encuesta

Missed the meeting in March? Join the City of Somerville and the Gilman Square Civic Advisory Committee for a midday repeat of the workshop on Wednesday May 11th from 12:00 - 1:30 pm. https://voice.somervillema.gov/gilman-square-plan-implementation/widgets/17290/key_dates#18892

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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. A survey was also conducted and the city's design team is now reviewing the feedback received. Thank you to all who participated!


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.

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