The Future of Union Square

Union Square

For more than 6 months, the fate of Union Square in Somerville has been debated upon and discussed. Real estate developers along with those for and against and redevelopment plans have sat down in attempt to come up with a concrete plan. Will Union Square remain the same? Is it going to become the next Assembly Row? How, if at all, is the new MBTA stop going to affect its future? These are all questions that are attempting to be answered about the future of Union Square.

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Currently, Union Square is home to a handful of different bars, restaurants, shops, and miscellaneous businesses. However, redevelopment plans are aiming to change that. Think luxury apartments, tall buildings, storefront property, and more. Essentially, the space is going to be entirely modernized with living, office, and retail spaces to match. By adding in the new MBTA Green Line stop and upping public transportation accessibility, the neighborhood is only going to become more desirable to businesses and renters alike.

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While this all seems like a no-brainer to move forward with, there are a [few] concerns. Local organizations are pushing to make sure that if this happens, housing and parking will be affordable. One concern is that the area will bring in low-wage jobs with extremely expensive living arrangements. Basically, the only individuals who will be able to afford to live in Union Square will be ones that don’t work there. Good jobs and affordable housing are a must.

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Additionally, there’s always a concern over traffic, noise, funding, and time. How will traffic be diverted around the area if this occurs? Will walking paths, sidewalks, and bike lanes still be available to use? Should nearby residents expect higher volumes of traffic throughout the day? How much money is this all going to cost? And last but not least, how long will the project take?

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Overall, is this development needed? With a new MBTA stop coming soon to Union Square, more housing and new businesses are almost necessary. Neighborhoods and squares surrounding public transportation stops are notorious for having all the desired amenities. In addition to this, most of the outdated and/or older squares in Greater Boston are being redeveloped. Keeping up with demand is key, and so is bringing in more money.

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So, what exactly does the future of Union Square hold? Unfortunately, nobody knows yet. For now, plans are being discussed and the little details are being figured out. But, if we had to guess, it’s only a matter of time before construction breaks ground.

About the Author
Joshua Stephens is the founder and president of Moving Greater Boston and a Vice President of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Warren Residential. After graduating from UMASS Amherst with a degree in psychology in 2008, Josh dedicated five years to social service work on the North Shore before joining Berkshire Hathaway in 2013, where he found his professional calling and quickly distinguished himself as a motivated innovator capable of synthesizing the needs of buyers, sellers, investors, and developers. In just a few short years, Josh formed Moving Greater Boston and achieved over $100 million in sales after only 7 years in the business. Josh's team has been consistently recognized at both the local and national levels, receiving numerous prestigious awards for sales and customer service. Last year, the Moving Greater Boston team was awarded the coveted Chairman’s Circle Platinum award for all of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, which recognizes agents and teams that are in the top 1% for sales across a network of over 70,000 agencies. In 2017, Josh was also personally selected to serve on the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services National REthink Council, an honor bestowed upon only 15 agents among thousands of applicants. Despite his many and ongoing successes in the world of real estate, Joshua has never lost sight of his social work roots. A compassionate and principled professional who knows the value of strong communities, Josh continues his advocacy outside of the office by being actively involved in a number of local organizations and charities. In 2016, he was instrumental in conceptualizing and developing Business Networking International (BNI) Prospect Hill, an organization that connects local business professionals and aspiring entrepreneurs. As a native of Massachusetts, Joshua has an intimate knowledge of Boston real estate, while having a degree in psychology helps him to understand each of his clients' unique needs, enabling him to connect them with ideal communities, an opportunity which he considers both a priority and privilege. Rather than simply facilitating the buying and selling of property, Josh views his role as a realtor as a lifelong commitment to continually serving the best interests of the people who have put their trust in him. Josh continually strives for excellence in service, provides in-depth knowledge of the market, and blends unwavering integrity with amenable good humor to alleviate the stress of real estate transactions and assure the experience is one that lets the sensation of being in the perfect place, at the perfect time, truly resonate.