A Vision for Porter Square
                     q
   Somerville Avenue, Beacon Street, and
        Elm Street at Wilson Sq...
Why Visioning?
• Porter Sq./ Somerville Ave./Beacon St are
         Sq /            Ave /Beacon St.
  important commercial...
1,000 Words
Historical Context
• ‘Beyond the Neck’
   Beyond     Neck
• Transportation Corridor
•CConnected N
         t d New TTown w...
Study Area

      •   Porter Square
      •   Somerville Ave
                     Ave.
      •   Beacon St.
      •   Whit...
Existing Conditions




Intersection at Beacon St. and Somerville   Railroads facing Somerville Ave.
                   Av...
Existing Conditions




Car Wash facing Somerville Ave
                           Ave.   Residential property abutting Les...
Existing Conditions




White Street   Elm Street Parking Lot
                                  Lot.
Existing Conditions




Wilson Square Strip Mall   Elm Street - Wilson Square
Existing Conditions




                            Beacon Street
Beacon Street Commercial
                           Vaca...
Transit Access
Recent Changes and Challenges

• Lesley Overlay District rezoning proposal
• Somerville Ave. reconstruction project
• T ff...
Lesley University Overlay
Regional Business
• Shaw’s at Porter Sq.
  Shaw s
• Lesley University

• Local business
• Strip Mall (Starbucks,
         ...
Strengths
• Great access to public transportation
• Somerville Avenue improvements
• Commercial corridor
  C        il    ...
Impediments to Development
• MBTA rails parallel to Somerville Ave
  divide the community
• No key anchors in Somerville
•...
Opportunities
• Lesley / Porter overlay district – campus
  extension
• Somerville Ave reconstruction project
• Beacon Str...
Next steps
• Next Meeting: Monday May 11
                Monday,
  – Visual Survey
• Monday May 19
  Monday,
  – Drafting ...
Special Thanks to
•   Mayor Joe Curtatone
•   Alderman Maryann Heuston
•   Alderman S
    Ald        Sean O’D
            ...
Contact Information
                  City of Somerville
Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community
              ...
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Porter Square Visioning 5 4 09

  1. 1. A Vision for Porter Square q Somerville Avenue, Beacon Street, and Elm Street at Wilson Square Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning Mayor s and Community Development May 4, 2009 4
  2. 2. Why Visioning? • Porter Sq./ Somerville Ave./Beacon St are Sq / Ave /Beacon St. important commercial corridors • Transit Oriented Development • Potential for redevelopment
  3. 3. 1,000 Words
  4. 4. Historical Context • ‘Beyond the Neck’ Beyond Neck • Transportation Corridor •CConnected N t d New TTown with Ch l t ith Charlestown and Boston • Milk Row
  5. 5. Study Area • Porter Square • Somerville Ave Ave. • Beacon St. • White Street • Wilson Square
  6. 6. Existing Conditions Intersection at Beacon St. and Somerville Railroads facing Somerville Ave. Ave.
  7. 7. Existing Conditions Car Wash facing Somerville Ave Ave. Residential property abutting Lesley University at City Line.
  8. 8. Existing Conditions White Street Elm Street Parking Lot Lot.
  9. 9. Existing Conditions Wilson Square Strip Mall Elm Street - Wilson Square
  10. 10. Existing Conditions Beacon Street Beacon Street Commercial Vacant Gas Station
  11. 11. Transit Access
  12. 12. Recent Changes and Challenges • Lesley Overlay District rezoning proposal • Somerville Ave. reconstruction project • T ffi and Parking issues i k Traffic d P ki i in key intersections (mainly Beacon St.) • 369 Beacon St. site
  13. 13. Lesley University Overlay
  14. 14. Regional Business • Shaw’s at Porter Sq. Shaw s • Lesley University • Local business • Strip Mall (Starbucks, (Starbucks Dunkin Donuts, Laundry) au d y) • Car Wash
  15. 15. Strengths • Great access to public transportation • Somerville Avenue improvements • Commercial corridor C il id • Education institutions (Access to Harvard and Lesley University) • What else?
  16. 16. Impediments to Development • MBTA rails parallel to Somerville Ave divide the community • No key anchors in Somerville • Shallow parcels limit development • Little off-street parking on Somerville Ave • Traffic issues and concerns in keyy intersections • What else?
  17. 17. Opportunities • Lesley / Porter overlay district – campus extension • Somerville Ave reconstruction project • Beacon Street reconstruction project • TOD development opportunities • Proposed developments on key sites p p y • What else?
  18. 18. Next steps • Next Meeting: Monday May 11 Monday, – Visual Survey • Monday May 19 Monday, – Drafting A Vision • Tuesday, May 26 – Final Review
  19. 19. Special Thanks to • Mayor Joe Curtatone • Alderman Maryann Heuston • Alderman S Ald Sean O’D O’Donovan • Madeline Masters, Director of Planning • Chris Diiorio, Planning Dept. • David Guzman Economic Development Guzman, Dept.
  20. 20. Contact Information City of Somerville Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development Economic D E i Development Di i i l t Division Rob May Director of Economic Development 617-625-6600 617 625 6600 x2524 rmay@somervillema.gov
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