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  • 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
  • Why Visioning? • Porter Sq./ Somerville Ave./Beacon St are Sq / Ave /Beacon St. important commercial corridors • Transit Oriented Development • Potential for redevelopment
  • 1,000 Words
  • 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
  • Study Area • Porter Square • Somerville Ave Ave. • Beacon St. • White Street • Wilson Square
  • Existing Conditions Intersection at Beacon St. and Somerville Railroads facing Somerville Ave. Ave.
  • Existing Conditions Car Wash facing Somerville Ave Ave. Residential property abutting Lesley University at City Line.
  • 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 Vacant Gas Station
  • Transit Access
  • 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
  • Lesley University Overlay
  • 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
  • Strengths • Great access to public transportation • Somerville Avenue improvements • Commercial corridor C il id • Education institutions (Access to Harvard and Lesley University) • What else?
  • 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?
  • 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?
  • Next steps • Next Meeting: Monday May 11 Monday, – Visual Survey • Monday May 19 Monday, – Drafting A Vision • Tuesday, May 26 – Final Review
  • 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.
  • 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