On Thursday September 17, SCC hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the future Union Square Apartments at 181 Washington Street, the former site of the Boys and Girls Club and Pope Elementary School. More than 100 neighbors, lenders, SCC board members and local, state and federal officials attended.
Alderman, Bob McWatters kicked off the groundbreaking with a welcome to Union Square and an encouragement to all to visit and support Union Square’s local merchants, while Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone shared his memories of attending school at 181 Washington Street, and expressed the importance of supporting projects like this in our community. Other speakers included the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development, Chrystal Kornegay, and representatives from Mass Housing, the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation, the Massachusetts Housing Partnership Fund, Eastern Bank, First Sterling Financial, as well as the SCC Board of Directors.
The day after the groundbreaking, the long-awaited relocation of the utility poles and wires at the front of the building was completed so that demolition of the existing structures at the property can commence. This works leads the way to site work, and new foundations for four stories of 35 new apartments and ground floor commercial space fronting on Washington Street. Demolition begins this week and is planned to be completed by mid-October. All appropriate measures will be taken by the General Contractor, Dellbrook Construction, and the demolition sub-contractor to keep dust and noise to a minimum.
We are excited about this great milestone for Union Square, and for all the support and partnerships to make this project a reality!