Head down Highland Ave. and you can't miss City Hall, which sits atop Central Hill next to Somerville High School.…More Built in 1851 as the city's first high school, the building has housed city government since 1871. Today, the majority of City offices are still at City Hall. But in a city of over 74,000, one building can't hold them all. So another dozen City offices occupy City Hall Annex on Evergreen St., a handful are at the Department of Public Works building on Franey Road, and a few are at other locations in the city.
Offices located at City Hall include:
Mayor's Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD)
Feeling lonely? Sign up for the city's CTY Connect calls and the phone will start ringing again.
As just one…More of many responsibilities, the Communications Department makes pre-recorded robocalls via CTY Connect to let residents know about emergencies, safety alerts, community events and road closures. These helpful calls will make sure you never miss the fireworks or get stuck behind a City road crew again. And for some, all those calls may make you feel like you've found a new friend.
In all seriousness though, a direct line from the City to residents to report criminal activity and other safety concerns (such as drinking water contamination) is something every resident should have. Sign up on their web page.
The department also manages the City's Educational Channel (Channel 15) and Government Channel (Channel 16), oversees the City's website content, handles city press relations and works to facilitate interdepartmental communication and major communications initiatives such as the City's 311 number.
Office of Sustainability & Environment (OSE) 55 Evergreen Ave, Somerville, MA02145 The Office of Sustainability and Environment's main goal is to improve and reduce Somerville's environmental…More footprint, while striving to develop cost-effective and practical strategies for doing so. It is committed to reducing the City's energy costs and promoting environmentally sound government policies. Their web page is a valuable resource for a wide range of issues, from proper disposal of chemicals and dangerous household items to ordering recycling bins.
Moshe Safdie and Associates 100 Rev Nazareno Properzi Way, Somerville, MA02143 Moshe Safdie and Associates is an architectural firm based in Somerville, Mass., and with offices in Toronto and…More Jerusalem. The firm is headed by Moshe Safdie. The firm offers its services to a variety of clients including government, residential and educational entities. Past projects include the Eleanor Roosevelt College campus, the main branch of the Salt Lake City Public Library and the National Gallery of Canada.
The Somerville Chamber of Commerce has "served the membership while enhancing Somerville's quality of life" since…More 1946. Implementing an array of initiatives, including face-to-face networking meetings, a growing electronic presence that connects people to clients, vendors and information, as well as having a hand in local and city government, President and CEO Stephen Mackey is always looking to improve the business experience. Holding events such as question and answer sessions with the Mayor, an annual golf tournament and an Octoberfest, the establishment is currently involved in improving infrastructure by trying to lure the Orange and Green Lines of the MBTA to Somerville.
The chamber is always looking to expand its membership, for which the only prerequisite is doing business in Somerville. Communicating with the members, city officials and the media—and by issuing a weekly newsletter—the chamber is constantly getting involved in new areas. Consult the website for details.
Friends of the Community Path is a local group dedicated to the extension of mixed-use paths through Somerville to…More the Charles River. The group is advocating for the current path, reaching from Davis Square to Cedar Street, to be extended 2.5 miles east, thus linking the Alewife Linear Park, and the 13-mile long Minuteman Bikeway to the 17-mile long Charles River Paths by way of Somerville.
In conjunction with the City and several other local organizations, such as STEP, the Somerville Bicycle Committee, and Shape-Up Somerville, Friends of the Community Path helps to raise funds and awareness of the project, gathers local feedback and communicates with government and transportation leaders to try to move the path extension forward.
The Friends of the Community Path see "the possibility of synergy between the bike path and public transit" according to Spokeswoman Lynn Weissman, and hope for the construction to be included in the State's plans for the Green Line Extension.