The Planning Staff Report is here: http://archive.somervillema.gov/
The Plans are here: http://archive.somervillema.gov/
Revised drawings are here: http://archive.somervillema.gov/
bfresh sent me a press release about its opening, which will happen this Friday at 9 am, "contingent on securing typical city permits and passing final inspections".
( Here's the full press release )
The City of Somerville’s Planning Department invites community members in the Davis Square area to a series of Somerville by Design meetings aimed at chartering the next steps in developing this great neighborhood while preserving its character.
Whether you are a renter or owner; new to the neighborhood or a long time resident, a planning meeting veteran or never attended one: We want to hear from you!
February 13th – History and Future
March 2nd – New Developments
March 21st – Aesthetics and Character
April 4th – Aesthetics and Character Continued
April 25th – Design Guideline Reviews
Somerville Baptist Church
31 College Avenue
The front half of the store is devloted to fresh produce, prepared foods, salads, soups, and a deli counter, while the back half will have packaged food.
The adjoining Dunkin Donuts will share a seating area with bfresh and will open around the same date.
Garden Remedies is proposing to convert part of 245 Elm Street, the former Family Dollar, into a medical marijuana dispensary, while subleasing the remainder of the space to another unspecified tenant. More info in this earlier DSLJ post.
(I'm adding a "marijuana" tag to DSLJ, as I expect this to become a popular discussion topic.)
Update on medical marijuana dispensary proposals for Davis Square (one would be in the Family Dollar site, the other would be on the basement level of the bfresh building):
During a recent neighborhood meeting, Carla presented revised plans for redeveloping Johnny D's. Most notable is that she will not be demolishing the building, but renovating and building in two phases. The first phase is to renovate the existing structure to support three additional floors and lease 3300 sf of commercial space out as soon as possible. The second phase will be construction of the residential floors which will include 7 units, one which she will live in. She will rent the other 6 units.
Carla hopes to begin construction on phase one in June and to submit to the Zoning Board of Appeals for phase two In June.
She is currently selecting materials for the facade and considers it a building with two faces. The Holland Street side will be more modern and the Winter Street side will fit in with the abutting residential neighborhood.
She is actively seeking potential commercial tenants that will contribute to the vibrancy of the neighborhood and is talks with several potential options.
THERE WILL BE A NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING REGARDING THE PROPOSED RESIDENTIAL ADDITION TO THE EXISTING TWO FAMILY DWELLING AT 39 CHESTER STREET, SOMERVILLE, MA (Adding one (1) new residential unit)
SPONSORED BY ALDERMAN LANCE DAVIS - WARD 6
The Developer their Attorney and the Architect shall be present to speak with neighbors and answer any questions.
WHEN: MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016
Somerville officials demand $138K in labor costs after collapse before grocery moves into 240 Elm St
mayoral spokeswoman Jackie Rossetti told the Journal officials have sent Argiros numerous other invoices seeking an additional $138,044.14 for city-labor related expenses surrounding the building between July 22, 2015 and March 3. She said city officials will hold the building’s certificate of occupancy until they receive the payment.
Work cited in the invoices include fire and police detail, DPW labor, material, and overtime costs, inspectional services overtime, and traffic and parking meter and overtime expenses, with traffic and parking payments alone costing more than $75,000.
Fresh Foods Store Coming to Davis Square’s 240 Elm St. Building
Urban grocer’s model aims to focus on fresh foods
An urban grocer, Fresh Formats LLC, has filed building permit applications to open a fresh foods market at 240 Elm St. in Davis Square, the site of the former Social Security Building. Ongoing renovation of the building is underway and it is expected that the 11,000-square-foot ground floor will be a neighborhood market later this year.
The building, which is currently vacant, also includes 20,000 sf of office space on the two upper floors that will be occupied by Davis Square Architects, a long-time tenant prior to the renovation, and others. An additional 2,400 sf of office space in the basement will be leased separately.
“Neighborhood residents have been clamoring for a grocer to complement the neighborhood’s specialty grocers including McKinnon’s and Dave’s Fresh, so this is welcome news,” said Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone. “To have the kind of truly livable squares our community values, we need neighborhood grocery stores, as well as services that cover the full range of community needs from banks, salons, and eateries to pharmacies and doctor’s offices. It’s this mix that helps transform a simple business district into a vibrant town center.”
Fresh Formats LLC is an Ahold company. They developed the bfresh® concept which debuted in Allston, Mass. September 2015. bfresh emphasizes fresh foods including organic produce along with natural and bulk foods and conventional groceries. The site plans received by the City also include an onsite bakery and a “Little Kitchen™” offering prepared foods made from scratch.
“My hope is that we not only have a new fresh foods market in sight, but a new community partner that will be a good neighbor in the square,” said Ward 6 Alderman Lance Davis. “With the loss of places like Farmer’s Bounty, it’s good to see another grocer coming to help anchor the heart of the square.”
Looks like the DD entrance will be at the east end of the building, next to Buffalo Exchange, while the supermarket entrance will be at the corner of Chester and Elm. I believe the plan is still to have an openable partition between the Dunks and the grocery store, so that they can keep different hours if desired.
(We still don't know who the supermarket will be.)