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Somerville alderman to convene meeting on Union Square affordable housing development

Posted by Matt Byrne  June 22, 2012 10:45 AM

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Somerville Ward 3 Alderman Thomas F. Taylor said Thursday he would make good on a promise to bring together the opposing groups that have tussled in recent weeks over a proposed development in Union Square of 40 units of affordable housing.

The meeting is slated for July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Argenziano School at Lincoln Park, Taylor said in an e-mail.

The five-story, $15 million development, proposed by the Somerville Community Corporation, would feature work-force housing for families, and would include retail space on the ground floor.

A resident group, Union Square Rising, has emerged to oppose it, however, saying the building scope and design are out of character with the neighborhood, and that the SCC developers are ignoring their requests for compromise.

The SCC, meanwhile, contends that it seeks only to build more affordable units in the city before opportunities to create permanently affordable housing dry up.

Union Square Rising founder Zac Zasloff said he hopes the meeting will be constructive venue for his group to make their pitch, an opportunity he said he believes he was not afforded at previous community meetings held by the SCC to talk about the plans.

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