[identity profile] phpanda.livejournal.com
There is a lot of work happening at old Powderhouse School on Broadway. Does anyone know where the plans are online for the new design that includes high school? I have not seen anything in the paper or at city websites.
[identity profile] lancedavisward6.livejournal.com
Davis Square Neighborhood Planning Meetings
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Our third Davis Square neighborhood planning meeting is tonight, March 21st at the Somerville Baptist Church, 31 College Avenue, starting at 6 pm.

We will have an engaged and interactive workshop, discussing the character and aesthetics of Davis Square. We want to hear from you and hope to see you there!

More Information on this meeting series here. Let us know if you have any questions.

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[identity profile] lancedavisward6.livejournal.com
The owner of the former Ideal Engine is proposing multiple tenants in that space and is seeking zoning relief, including some parking relief.  They will host a neighborhood meeting this evening at 6:30 P.M. at the site (100 Dover St.) to review the plans and answer questions. My understanding is that the space will be subdivided, with one portion leased by a small technology company and the other portion by Candlewick Press as an expansion to their existing location across the street.

The Planning Staff Report is here: http://archive.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/rnd/DoverSt100_StaffReport_030117.pdf
The Plans are here: http://archive.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/DoverSt100_TenantA-PlanSet-FINAL.pdf
Revised drawings are here: http://archive.somervillema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Dover%20100%20Tenant%20A-ZBA%20rev%203%20Drawings-170224.pdf
[identity profile] lancedavisward6.livejournal.com
UPCOMING MEETINGS:

- Wednesday, March 1, 6:00 P.M.: ZBA Meeting on both Davis Square Medical Marijuana Dispensary proposals.
Visiting Nurse Association
259 Lowell St.
3rd Floor Community Room

- Thursday, March 2, 6:00 P.M.: 2nd (of 5) Davis Square Neighborhood Planning Meeting -- "New Developments"
Community Baptist Church
31 College Ave.
Slides and video from the 1st meeting can be found here: https://www.somervillebydesign.com/neighborhood-planning/davis-square/
[personal profile] ron_newman
The new Dunkin Donuts next to bfresh has a sign saying it will open this Thursday. I don't know what time it will open.

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 )
[identity profile] nomacmac.livejournal.com
From the Somerville by Design website:
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
LOCATION
Somerville Baptist Church
31 College Avenue
 
[personal profile] ron_newman
Cambridge Day's Marc Levy toured the bfresh store with me last Friday, but took much more extensive notes. Here is his report on the new store.
[personal profile] ron_newman
I got a sneak-preview tour of the new bfresh grocery store at 240 Elm Street, where workers are busy putting the finishing touches on, stocking, and preparing to open. They told me the tentative opening date will be Friday, February 24. Hours will be 7 am to 10 pm every day.

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.
[personal profile] ron_newman
According to [livejournal.com profile] lancedavisward6, Garden Remedies will host a second public meeting on Wednesday Feb. 8th at 6:30 at Community Baptist Church to discuss the revised plans that they submitted to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

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.)
[identity profile] lancedavisward6.livejournal.com
(EDIT 1-30-17: BOTH dispensary applications have been continued to the Februrary 15th ZBA meeting)

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):
BOTH proposals are scheduled to be heard by the Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday, February 1, 6:00 at City Hall (Aldermanic Chambers), though stay tuned because there’s a chance one or both will be continued to a later meeting date.  These are Public Hearings so anyone wishing to speak in favor of, or opposition to, either proposal (details below, with links to all plans) will have that opportunity.
Read more... )
[identity profile] lorraine fryer
Does anyone know what's happening with the land on Somerville Ave, where they were talking about putting a new fire station? I haven't seen any updates on it and am intensely curious.
[personal profile] ron_newman
from a Davis Action Group newsletter that I received today:

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.
[identity profile] pbockelman.livejournal.com
Carla at Johnny D's is holding an information meeting TONIGHT from 6-7:30 at the restaurant. I hope folks can attend. I've attached the notice we received in the U.S. Mail. Can someone attend and take notes and share back to this community (I have another meeting to attend). Thanks.
[identity profile] lancedavisward6.livejournal.com
The email below the cut was sent to Davis Square business owners late yesterday.  There is necessary utility infrastructure work to be done by Eversource in support of the grocery tenant coming in to 240 Elm St.  DPW was able to negotiate a schedule that will also allow water main work to be done in the same area, to avoid having to rip up the roadway twice in that spot. Work will begin this evening (5/24/16) at 6:00 PM and is scheduled to be completed by Thursday morningFriday by noon.Read more... )
[identity profile] trtls.livejournal.com
Anyone have information on what's going in where either of these businesses were? (and bets on how long anything new will stay open!) I notice work being done in both.
[identity profile] lancedavisward6.livejournal.com
Text of the notice provided to abutters regarding a neighborhood meeting this evening:

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
TIME: 6:30 p.m.
PLACE: REDBONES RESTAURANT
55 CHESTER STREET
SOMERVILLE, MA 02144
[personal profile] ron_newman
from Wicked Local/Somerville Journal:
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.
[identity profile] pch1.livejournal.com
While it's certainly not uncommon for me to be clueless as to the redevelopment going on around me in Davis I was kind of surprised when I got a notice of the Somerville Street Improvement Project starting in Davis next week. I'm certainly all for the improvement of the streets and sidewalks of my neighborhood, but was shocked to learn they're going to be replacing the charming red brick sidewalks with poured concrete. Anyone know more about this?
[personal profile] ron_newman
I just got this from the city:

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.”

Jackie Rossetti's contact info at City Hall )

[personal profile] ron_newman
A permit, issued yesterday and posted on the door, says "DUNKIN DONUTS TENANT IMPROVEMENT."

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.)

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