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Old 11-09-2017, 09:38 AM   #1
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Union Square Redevelopment | Somerville

I could have sworn we had a thread for this, but when I searched I only found one from 2012, so I'm going to reboot.

Special permit application was filed 9/18/17. Meeting is on November 20.

Part 1 (massing and parks):

https://www.somervillema.gov/sites/d...D]_part1_0.pdf

Part 3 (phasing and block plans):

https://www.somervillema.gov/sites/d...D]_part3_0.pdf

Sadly, only massing models at this point.

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Old 11-09-2017, 09:54 AM   #2
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Your links don't seem to work.
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Old 11-09-2017, 10:08 AM   #3
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Your links don't seem to work.
Yeah, the auto-insert for HTML misread it. Fixed, I think.
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Old 11-09-2017, 10:12 AM   #4
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Having square brackets in the URL is making the vBulletin engine think that the URL is invoking a BB code of some sort. These worked for me by putting the URL in quotes so as not to have the site parse it for BB code.

Part 1 (massing and parks):


Part 3 (phasing and block plans):
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Old 02-23-2018, 10:07 AM   #5
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From bldup http://www.bldup.com/projects/boynton-yards
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Old 02-23-2018, 10:17 AM   #6
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oh joy, two huge boxes. Do the people designing these things actually go out and look at the site and surrounds or do they just click 'cost effective box' in the dropdown and whack 'return'?
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Old 02-23-2018, 10:22 AM   #7
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North View From Windsor Place

View From South Street

Garden

Garden

South East View From South Street

Building Two

Building Two Ground Floor on South Street
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Old 02-23-2018, 10:34 AM   #8
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I have no beef with either one. Simple industrial aesthetic for a former industrial area seems reasonably thoughtful to me. I'll take "boring" over hodgepodge any day.

Also, notice the woven appearance to the brick. That's subtle and cool. I like it.
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Old 02-23-2018, 10:52 AM   #9
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oh joy, two huge boxes. Do the people designing these things actually go out and look at the site and surrounds or do they just click 'cost effective box' in the dropdown and whack 'return'?
Yes and no. Yup, boxes. But they have subtleties that give them some dimensionality instead of the usual dead flat wallpaper facade. The brick building has a basket weave design that slightly curves in and out between all the windows.
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Old 02-23-2018, 12:03 PM   #10
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Yes and no. Yup, boxes. But they have subtleties that give them some dimensionality instead of the usual dead flat wallpaper facade. The brick building has a basket weave design that slightly curves in and out between all the windows.
Oh, scooped by fattony.
They have some interesting texture and could be worse I suppose. I just feel that they'll be building these huge cubes in residential communities and although there's a nod to the industrial history, there seems to be very little done to incorporate them with what already exists on webster or prospect. Maybe it'll all make sense in 2040 or whenever the rest of Union gets built out.
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It looks like these are only the first 2 out of 5 buildings total, and at least one will stretch as high as 24 stories. So these are kind of just laying the ground work for bigger things to come.
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They have some interesting texture and could be worse I suppose. I just feel that they'll be building these huge cubes in residential communities and although there's a nod to the industrial history, there seems to be very little done to incorporate them with what already exists on webster or prospect. Maybe it'll all make sense in 2040 or whenever the rest of Union gets built out.
It's going to be tough to incorporate into the existing area when the whole area has just been significantly upzoned.

24 storey residential tower will look pretty out of place here for a while.

But, with this and the other proposed developments in the area, this will become the new context rather quickly. Just in time for that new green line stop.
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Old 02-23-2018, 04:24 PM   #13
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It has been a long time since I have been to Union Square and these renderings look like a midwest college campus. Where are these buildings going?
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Old 02-23-2018, 04:38 PM   #14
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It has been a long time since I have been to Union Square and these renderings look like a midwest college campus. Where are these buildings going?
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Old 02-23-2018, 06:54 PM   #15
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They're trying to emulate Kendall.
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Old 02-23-2018, 09:43 PM   #16
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At first I was kinda "meh", but after a few looks it has grown on me.

Build it now!
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I like the minimalism. Reminds me a lot of a Magritte painting.
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Old 02-24-2018, 08:01 AM   #18
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I wonder what the total sq ft is.

anyone know or willing to guess?
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Old 02-25-2018, 04:20 PM   #19
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I wonder what the total sq ft is.

anyone know or willing to guess?
It says right on the page that was linked...

950,000 sqFt
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Old 05-03-2018, 01:16 PM   #20
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Some preliminary exploration for D2 here.
From April 19
http://www.unionsquarestationassociates.com/4-19-18/
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