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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Second Community Meeting Set for 620 Broadway Development

The development team of Gorka/Laurentzi Brabo and their attorney will be presenting an amended proposal for an 11-unit residential replacement to the Shield Gas Station occupying 620 Broadway. Ward 5 Alderman Mark Niedergang will be facilitating this second gathering to discuss suggestions made to the project at the first meeting which was held on Monday June 2nd at the DAV located at 616 Broadway.

This second meeting will be held inside Pescatore Restaurant, 158 Boston Avenue, on Monday June 30th at 7:00 PM.

The initial proposal, which was never formally filed with the City of Somerville, was presented to the public as a 19-unit residential project with 21 underground parking spots and 2-three bedroom units being designated as affordable. It was during this meeting that concerns including a lack of a commercial space, parking, facade and the construction schedule were brought up by residents. The amended proposal bring the unit amount down to 11 which will certainly have impacts on parking requirements and, possibly, the amount of affordable units. According to the development team, the units will remain as rentals with the market deciding on pricing and whether or not they will be sold as condos.

Ward 5 Online will be on-hand at the meeting with a full recap coming in the days following.

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