Posted by Kate Fichter, Green Line Extension Project Manager
Over the past two weeks, the Green Line Extension Project Team has held Land Use Workshops in Medford and Cambridge. Attended by more than 150 people, the Workshops were opportunities for members of the public to articulate their ideas and concerns about the areas around the proposed Green Line Extension stations. The Workshops featured brief presentations followed by an interactive open house in which participants checked out maps and other materials, documented their ideas on posters, and spoke one-on-one with members of the Project Team. Issues covered included pedestrian and bicycle access to the stations, major generators of activity in the area of the stations, ideas for future development in a 1/4-mile radius around the stations, and concerns about negative impacts caused by the new stations. The discussions will help the Project Team to design the new stations in a way that is sensitive to the landscape and environment of the neighborhoods, and will also support the corridor municipalities in their long-term planning.
Presentations from the Workshops may be found on the web here.The next Land Use Workshop will be held on June 12th from 10am-3pm at the Argenzio School (290 Washington Street, Somerville). The Workshop will be held in concert with an open house for SomerVision, the community visioning process of the City of Somerville. Starting in September, the Green Line Extension Project Team will launch public workshops on station design.
For more information about the Green Line Extension project, see www.mass.gov/greenlineextension. All public input gathered at the Workshops will be posted to the website.