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'Somerville by Design' to Present Future of Ball, Magoun, Gilman Squares

City planners will present proposals for the neighborhoods at a meeting on Jan. 8.

"Somerville by Design," an initiative that seeks to plan the futures of Magoun, Ball and Gilman squares and prepare for the Green Line Extension, launched in October of 2012 with a "visioning session."

In November, city planners held a two-day workshop about the neighborhoods to seek ideas and opinions from the public.

Now, city planners will present the results of this initiative at a meeting on Jan. 8. Here's the announcement from the city of Somerville:

Please join us at the Somerville Armory on Tuesday, January 8, 2012 at 6:30 pm for the presentation of the neighborhood plans for Ball Square, Magoun Square / Lowell Street, and Gilman Square.  City planners and their consultants will show proposals for the future of these neighborhood squares, based upon the forthcoming Green Line stations.  This meeting will summarize the work and community participation activities from the October vision session and November 2-day workshop event.

Based upon this presentation and feedback at this meeting, the staff at the Mayor's Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development will work to complete neighborhood plans for each station that can help the city make future decisions about street and sidewalk design, land use regulations and development proposals.

For a complete background on this program, visit www.somervillebydesign.com.

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