Last week, the city released a plan for major redevelopment of Union Square. The first step in that plan is to acquire a "development block," wedged between Prospect Street, Allen Street and Somerville Avenue, that would ultimately be home to Union Square's MBTA Green Line station. It's called the North Prospect Block.
In all, the city has identified seven development blocks it wants to develop. That involves acquiring parcels of land, often from private owners.
The city already owns a lot of land in the North Prospect Block, and here's a short list of businesses that also own land on that development block, businesses that will likely have to sell or move.
A-1 New & Used Plumbing & Heating
The owner, Francis Fahey, has been on PBS's "This Old House." He sells antique radiators along with vintage toilets, tubs and other fixtures for Boston's old houses.
Empire Marble & Granite
This business installs kitchen countertops and floors made of marble, granite, limestone, soapstone and other materials.
Allen Street Auto
A junkyard, according to this website.