There’s a new T stop in town.
Somerville’s first Orange Line MBTA station, Assembly Square, is set to open Wednesday, September 2, according to Somerville Alderman At Large John “Jack’’ Connolly’s Facebook page . The T stop will be the MBTA’s first new rapid transit station in 26 years.
The new Assembly Square station, located between Wellington station (in Medford) and Sullivan Square station (in Charlestown), cost $29.2 million and is one of six new stations planned for Somerville in the next decade, the MBTA reports.
Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone told WBUR the added stops will “boost the percentage of the city’s population living within walking distance of a T station from 15 percent to 85 percent.’’
The construction is part of a larger redevelopment project of Assembly Row in Somerville, which will house 2,100 new residential units, 500,000 square feet of retail space, 1.75 million square feet of office space, and a hotel. The Legoland Discovery Center opened in May, and a beer garden that was set to open in late July is now shooting for a September 1 opening.
Though the new T stop might help ease commuters’ morning woes, the city’s redevelopment project isn’t entirely beneficial to Somerville dwellers.
WBUR reports that with the added convenience come higher rents. According to a recent study, 67 percent of Somerville residents don’t own their homes. 44 percent of the city’s residents are housing-cost burdened, meaning they spend over 30 percent of their household income on housing costs.