What’s New: Construction Zones

PowderhousePhoto courtesy of Sebastian Mariscal Studio.

Powder House Community School Redevelopment
Powder House Square

Redevelopment of the Powder House Community School is officially underway. The school is being transformed into an “inclusive urban village,” according to the Boston Globe, meaning it will be a mix of residences, commercial outposts, a makerspace, and an alternative high school called “Powderhouse Studios.” To reinforce the “inclusive” part of the community, there will be affordable housing, live-and-work units for artists, and housing specifically designated for people 55 and over.

West Branch Library Closes for Renovations
Davis Square

Say goodbye to the peeling paint and leaky roof at the West Branch Library. Renovations to the 110-year-old building—which has a spot on the National Register of Historic Places—have finally been OK’d after a lengthy deliberation process, and are set to begin in January, according to the Somerville Times. The renovations will include new multipurpose spaces, a skylight on the second floor, an accessible entry, and increased programming for children and adults. Until the library reopens (slated for mid-2020), there will be a small, temporary branch located in the Tufts Administration Building—so there’s no excuse for overdue library books.

The Green Line Extension

The Green Line Extension project is still chugging along, with crews working on drainage installation, constructing noise, and retaining walls, Ward 5 Alderman Mark Niedergang wrote in an email to constituents. The dreaded one-year complete closure of the Broadway/Ball Square Bridge is scheduled for late February or early March. “Of course the absence of motor vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic in Ball Square will hurt the local businesses,” Niedergang wrote. “I encourage you to make Herculean efforts to patronize those local businesses.”

This article originally appeared in the What’s New section of the Free Time Fervor issue of Scout Somerville, which is available for free at more than 200 locations throughout the city or by subscription.

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