Bantam originally launched in 2012 with its well-reviewed cider Wunderkind, made from local fruit. “Our space is nearly 5,000 feet and located within 2 minutes walk to the heart of Union Square,” shared Bantam owners Michelle da Silva and Dana Masterpolo in a February Bantam blogpost. Bantam is planning on several events and other fun happenings in the coming months, so stay-tuned.
Whether you’ve just read Sarah Cadorette’s piece about skyrocketing tax assessments in anticipation of the Green Line extension in Union Square, or you’ve been following the development for years, you’ve got thoughts and opinions that the Somerville Community Corporation, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the City of Somerville want to hear.
Tonight’s third and final workshop will summarize the earlier discussions, while starting the conversation about how to move forward with concrete action. So if you haven’t gotten involved yet, it’s not too late to take part in Somerville’s future. See you there!
Residents and business owners gasped at horror stories from their neighbors. Some had been hit harder than others. Oana Bandar, an owner of the relatively new East End Grille, sent a tremor through the room when she gave her numbers: the restaurant’s property assessment had gone up by more than 100 percent, from a payment of $2,500 per quarter to $8,000.
“That’s egregious, and it’s just not good governance,” she stated.