Gravestar, Inc. & Taurus New England Investments, Somerville, MA
Transforming an old industrial site into hip Somerville’s newest neighborhood
The future of Assembly Square, a 145-acre former industrial site on the Mystic River just three miles from downtown Boston, had been the topic of public controversy for years. With a deeply divided community and fractured local leadership halting redevelopment of the site, the site’s developer sought to create a viable plan that the community could embrace.
Goody Clancy led a successful public engagement effort and a resulting development plan that enabled:
- Development of new, mixed-use transit-served urban neighborhood complete with a new network of public streets, public parks and plazas, and strong connections to the city’s existing fabric
- Construction of new homes, shops, offices, restaurants, a hotel, and a new transit stop on Boston’s high-speed orange line, totaling $1.5 billion in investment, with completion of Phase 1 in 2014