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USQ is the revitalization of 15 acres in Union Square, Somerville. Supported by the new MBTA station, we’re building 2.4 million square feet of office and labs along with housing, green space and retail to make this great neighborhood even better.

Current Phase

Project
2.4M SF
Transit Oriented Development

Current Phase

Commercial
1.3M SF
Commercial Opportunity

Current Phase

Residential
998 units
New Residences at Transit

Current Phase

Public & Open Space
3.6 acres
Open Space and Public Realm

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D2.1 will be the first major life sciences or tech building in the Union Square employment center

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Ground level retail activates the revitalization’s first public space, supporting movement to and from the Green Line

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A significant plaza provides public access to the MBTA station, activating the public realm

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The new Green Line Station provides regional access, connecting to North Station, Government Center, Copley Square, Fenway, and Longwood Medical Center

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The D2.3 tower will provide an iconic landmark adjacent to the MBTA station

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D2.4 will be an arts and creative hub

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D2 alleys break up the large block providing for parking, loading access, and MBTA station drop-off movements on site

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Edge civic spaces define a new gateway moment upon arrival from the south

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D3.2 and D4.3 residential buildings are adjacent to transit and provide 20% affordable housing

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D3.2 and D4.3 residential buildings are adjacent to transit and provide 20% affordable housing

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Existing community garden to be preserved

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A central parking structure is concealed by active, street level uses along the pedestrian street

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A central parking structure is concealed by active, street level uses along the pedestrian street

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Development location ~1 mile to Kendall Square and MIT, a 7 minute bike ride

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A new alley breaks up the large D3 block separating vehicular movements from the pedestrian streets

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D3.1 and D3.3 will be significant tech or lab buildings that define the character of Boynton Yards

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D3.1 and D3.3 will be significant tech or lab buildings that define the character of Boynton Yards

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D4.1 provides a creative or innovation office opportunity as a low-rise flat iron commercial building

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A new civic space responds to a desired pedestrian pathway expressed by the community

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A through block passage organizes the D6 Block, providing greater connectivity to Union Square Plaza

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Union Square Plaza will be renovated as part of the City’s streetscape program

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Hotel and ground level retail uses activate the square's edge serving as a neighborhood amenity

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The ‘D1’ Block will be dedicated entirely to commercial uses

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A new, large neighborhood park’s central location serves the entire neighborhood

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D5.2 will be a commercial building or a potential relocation space for existing D Block businesses

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The adaptive re-use of the historic post office will include Arts and Creative uses

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A peaceful pocket park will serve local residents and adjacent occupants of the senior and disabled housing building

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The Somerville Avenue Utility and Streetscape Improvements project will upgrade city infrastructure and deliver the ‘complete streets’ that will enhance multi-modal mobility within the square

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The path between D7.2 and adjacent buildings connects civic space with the pedestrian street

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D7 residential buildings complete the street wall and provide a scale transition to the adjacent residential neighborhood

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Workbar Union, now 100 members strong, was opened by US2 in 2015 as a co-working space to bring more workers to Union Square

Current Phase

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Vision

Project

A thoughtful mix of new spaces will add to the rich context of a vibrant neighborhood. Proximity to MIT/Kendall, Harvard and Boston is enhanced by the new MBTA station. New homes, shops and open spaces compliment new commercial spaces that will foster the next concentration of tech, biotech, and life science companies within greater Boston.

Commercial

An array of new commercial spaces will appeal to companies at various stages of growth, expanding the local ecosystem for work and innovation. New lab, tech, office, retail, hospitality, arts and creative spaces redefine Union Square as the place for work.

  • 1.158M SF: Science & Tech
  • 140K SF: Active Ground Floor
  • 93K SF: Hotel Space
  • 74K SF: Arts & Creative Space
Residential

The vibrant and energetic Union Square neighborhood will become home to more people working in the area's bustling economy.

  • 900–990 New Residences
  • 20% Permanently Affordable
Public & Open Space

A network of eleven new green, open and civic spaces offer workers, residents and visitors a places to discover, connect, relax and play.

  • 110K SF: Civic Space
  • 50K SF: Public Realm Improvements
  • 27K SF: New Neighborhood Park
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Current Phase

Our current phase provides new places to work and live only steps away from the new Green Line station. New neighborhood amenities include new open spaces and civic spaces as well as new shops, retail and services that offer experiences throughout the day and into the night.

  • 607K SF: TOD
  • 175K SF: Class A Life-Science
  • 15K SF: Public plaza for train access
  • 450 Apartments as landmark tower

Renderings illustrate a new public plaza that will connect the Green line train station to Union Square.

166K SF of lab space over ground floor retail provides new spaces for work at the heart of Union Square

450 new residences define the future transit node through a landmark tower, delivering critical improvements to the MBTA station area

A multi-purpose public plaza accommodates passive, civic and commercial activities

Current Phase massing image
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Timeline

SomerVision
April 2012

The City of Somerville adopts its first City-wide comprehensive master plan. SomerVision, the result of a multi-year community effort led by residents, business owners, nonprofit leaders and elected officials, provides a policy framework that captures community perspectives about diversity, community, economy, accessibility, sustainability, and innovation to guide future decisions.

SomerVision
USQ Revitalization Plan
November 2012

The state-approved Urban Revitalization Plan is approved by the Board of Aldermen, providing the tools to coordinate the redevelopment of 7 parcels within walking distance of the future Green Line Station. The plans objective is to transform key opportunity areas like Union square into dynamic, mixed-use, transit oriented development districts.

USQ Revitalization Plan
Phase 1 Land Acquisition
May 2013

The Somerville Redevelopment Authority acquires the Phase 1 development parcel to prepare the future arrival point of the Green Line Extension.

Phase 1 Land Acquisition
US2 Designated Master Developer
June 2014

Union Square Station Associates (US2) is selected by the Somerville Redevelopment Authority as the City of Somerville's master developer partner for the Union Square Revitalization Project. The selection concludes a nation-wide search for a private developer to engage in a public-private partnership to realize the goals of the revitalization plan.

US2 Designated Master Developer
Union Square Neighborhood Plan
May 2015

A 17-month community based planning process envisions the goals of SomerVision at the neighborhood scale. The award-winning plan outlines a 20+ year strategic direction for the neighborhood and is adopted by the Planning Board.

Union Square Neighborhood Plan
Workbar Union Opens
October 2015

US2 partners with Workbar, the Boston-based collaborative coworking space, to establish a Union Square location. Planting the seed of entrepreneurship, the community has since grown to become home to over 100 members.

Workbar Union Opens
$13.5M MassWorks Infrastructure Funding
November 2016

Governor Charlie Baker announces a $13.5 million MassWorks grant for infrastructure improvements in Union Square.

$13.5M MassWorks Infrastructure Funding
Somerville Aldermen Approve $50M Green Line Extension Funding
December 2016

The Somerville Board of Aldermen vote unanimously to approve $50 million in funding that was required to make the modified Green Line Extension Project financially viable.

Somerville Aldermen Approve $50M Green Line Extension Funding
$2.3 billion GLX Gets Green Light
April 2017

The U.S. Federal Transit Administration approves MBTA's modified project budget putting the Green Line Extension back on track.

$2.3 billion GLX Gets Green Light
Master Land Disposition Agreement
May 2017

The Somerville Redevelopment Authority executes the Master Land Disposition Agreement with US2, setting the terms for acquisition and redevelopment of the 15.7 acres of land designated in the Revitalization Plan.

Master Land Disposition Agreement
Union Square Zoning
June 2017

Somerville Board of Alderman approves a zoning overlay district for the D Blocks in Union Square. The zoning codifies the goals of the Neighborhood Plan, resulting in the prioritization of commercial space, 20% affordable housing, ground floor use requirements, designated arts and creative enterprise uses and more. Open Space goals are set to 25%, exceeding the previous aspirations of the Neighborhood Plan.

Union Square Zoning
Development Covenant
June 2017

The City of Somerville and US2 execute a Development Covenant, addressing public and community benefits beyond those included in zoning. The covenant commitments total over $19 million in cash contributions destined to the Green Line, infrastructure, jobs linkage, and community benefits. Additionally, US2 commits to privately negotiate a community benefits agreement in good faith with the to-be-formed neighborhood council.

Development Covenant
Coordinated Planning Begins
September 2017

US2 commences coordinated planning efforts, holding multiple public meetings to present an approach to the multi-lot development. 2.4 million SF of space and over 157,000 square feet of new public open spaces are envisioned.

Planning revisions made in light of community feedback are integrated into the proposal, resulting in US2’s Coordinated Development Special Permit Application to the Planning Board.

Coordinated Planning Begins
Local Commercial Growth
November 2017

Local technology company, RightHand Robotics, occupies historic Union Square Post Office, becoming the first new commercial tenant to sign space in Union Square.

Local Commercial Growth
GLX Contract Award
November 2017

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announces the award of a $1.08 billion contract for the Green Line Extension Project to GLX Constructors.

GLX Contract Award
Coordinated Development Plan Approval
December 2017

The Planning Board hears comments through public hearings to US2’s special permit application and votes unanimously to approve the application. The application is the first of its kind in Somerville, and the first of two steps required by the Union Square Zoning.

Coordinated Development Plan Approval
Infrastructure Improvements
December 2017

The Board of Alderman approve both a District Improvement Financing (DIF) mechanism, and bonding for over $63 million in sewer and streetscape improvements to address infrastructure issues in and around Union Square.

Infrastructure Improvements
GLX Notice to Proceed
December 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation announces the issuance of the first $100 million in grant funding for the Green Line. The MBTA issues the Notice to Proceed to GLX Constructors. (expected completion 2021)

GLX Notice to Proceed
Utility and Streetscape Work Begins
April 2018

Work commences to upgrade dated utility infrastructure. A new precast concrete box culvert will be constructed to convey and store stormwater, while an existing brick sewer will be restored. Major streetscape surface improvements will deliver wider sidewalks and separated bicycle facilities to support a world-class walking, cycling and public transit environment.

Utility and Streetscape Work Begins
Current Phase Design and Site Plan Review
April 2018

US2 commences the Current Phase Design and Site Plan Review process presenting preliminary schematic planning for the first buildings and civic space projects, seeking community review and feedback. The proposed projects target the establishment of Union Square as a commercial center, delivering critical improvements to the future Green Line Station, and providing new transit-oriented, market rate and affordable housing.

Current Phase Design and Site Plan Review
USAA Announced as Investment Partner
May 2018

Union Square Station Associates accounces that it is partnering with USAA Real Estate as its equity partner for the $1.5 billion mixed-use transit-oriented development project. USAA Real Estate is a subsidiary of USAA, a leading financial services company, serving military families since 1922.

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USAA Announced as Investment Partner
Groundbreaking on Current Phase Building Projects
December 2018

(expected)

Groundbreaking on Current Phase Building Projects
Somerville Avenue Streetscape Completed
2021

Subsurface work to address dated utility infrastructure in Union Square is completed while surface improvements deliver wider sidewalks and separated bicycle facilities to support a world-class walking, cycling and public transit environment.

Somerville Avenue Streetscape Completed
Current Phase Building Projects Delivered
2021

(expected)

Green Line in Union Square Open for Service
2021

(Expected)

Green Line in Union Square Open for Service
SomerVision
April 2012
USQ Revitalization Plan
November 2012
Phase 1 Land Acquisition
May 2013
US2 Designated Master Developer
June 2014
Union Square Neighborhood Plan
May 2015
Workbar Union Opens
October 2015
$13.5M MassWorks Infrastructure Funding
November 2016
Somerville Aldermen Approve $50M Green Line Extension Funding
December 2016
$2.3 billion GLX Gets Green Light
April 2017
Master Land Disposition Agreement
May 2017
Union Square Zoning
June 2017
Development Covenant
June 2017
Coordinated Planning Begins
September 2017
Local Commercial Growth
November 2017
GLX Contract Award
November 2017
Coordinated Development Plan Approval
December 2017
Infrastructure Improvements
December 2017
GLX Notice to Proceed
December 2017
Utility and Streetscape Work Begins
April 2018
Current Phase Design and Site Plan Review
April 2018
USAA Announced as Investment Partner
May 2018
Groundbreaking on Current Phase Building Projects
December 2018
Somerville Avenue Streetscape Completed
2021
Current Phase Building Projects Delivered
2021
Green Line in Union Square Open for Service
2021