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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Committee on Housing and Community Development Reconvene to Discuss Economic Development in Magoun Square

Ward 5 Alderman Sean O’Donovan is finally delivering on his promise to follow up on an earlier meeting held in May where a report from the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development surrounding economic difficulties in Magoun Square was presented to attendees and members of the Committee on Housing and Community Development which included Alderman at Large Dennis Sullivan and Ward 6 Alderman/current President of the Board Rebekah Gewirtz.

In light of recent news that the passenger availability of the Green Line Extension in Somerville has been rescheduled for 2018-2020, conversations surrounding areas of Somerville, such as Magoun Square, that hoped a Green Line station would stimulate interest for business owners and patrons have heated up. Frankly said, the Green Line Extension is not dependable and work needs to be done to create a successful business district that would be accented by transit and not reliant on it. Sound familiar? Yup, I already wrote about it.

Residents, patrons, business owners, elected and city officials have continue work looking at every variable that goes into a successful square to see what can be applied or changed about Magoun to make it the destination place so many know it can be.

On September 14th at 6pm, the Committee on Housing and Community Development will host a meeting to discuss agenda items that include Magoun Square and its future.

All residents, business owners and patrons of Magoun Square are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting to voice your concerns, observations and suggestions. If you are unable to make the meeting, please email Alderman Sean O'Donovan (Chair), Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz, and Alderman-At-Large Dennis Sullivan with your thoughts!

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