Most of the 60-acre North Point district is in Cambridge, but about five acres are in Somerville, according to the new zoning ordinance. The land in Somerville is undeveloped and isolated from the rest of the city, cut off by train tracks, a busy road and the Boston Engine Terminal—the MBTA's large Commuter Rail maintenance facility.
The new zoning district calls for commercial development in the Somerville part of North Point, and it outlines a process for reviewing and approving development projects.
The HYM Investment Group owns North Point and is planning to develop the area with office, retail, lab and residential space.
As part of the Green Line Extension that will bring Green Line trains to Union Square and Washington Street in Somerville, Lechmere Station will be moved across the O'Brien Highway into the North Point neighborhood.