Text from this post originally appeared in the What’s New section of our March/April 2015 print issue.
Look out, Cambridge: You may be the tech capital of Massachusetts right now, but Somerville could be hot on your heels. In January, SmartBear Software (450 Artisan Way) joined the retail, residential and restaurant spaces at Assembly Row. The first office tenant to move into the 45-acre development, SmartBear won’t be alone for long—as we told you in our last issue, Partners HealthCare has also broken ground on an 85,000 square-foot office building at Assembly. That project is estimated to bring 4,500 permanent and 1,500 construction jobs to the neighborhood.
WINTER HILL BANK LOAN CENTER
Winter Hill Bank celebrated the grand opening of its new loan center (377 Broadway) in January. “Somerville is experiencing rapid and dramatic growth in all areas, and history proves that a thriving community must have relevant local banking to help fuel growth in every sector,” Winter Hill Bank President and CEO Sandra L. McGoldrick said in a statement. “As we celebrate our new loan center, we usher in a modern era of community banking that will build on our 109 year tradition of exceptional service.”
EAST SOMERVILLE MAIN STREETS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
In our January/February edition, we told you about Carrie Dancy Niemy’s departure from East Somerville Main Streets after more than eight years with the organization. During her time as Executive Director, Niemy helped bring both Carnaval and the Foodie Crawl to the neighborhood. On February 17, former community liaison for the East Somerville Community School Teresa Vazquez-Dodero took over as ESMS Executive Director. Good luck, Teresa – we can’t wait to see what you accomplish!