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Hearing called for Union Square redevelopment

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As Union Square prepares for redevelopment and the Green Line Extension, some members of the public worry it will displace low-income residents.

A public hearing before the Somerville Board of Aldermen to discuss a possible Community Benefits Agreement will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, at City Hall.

In 2014, the Somerville Redevelopment Authority chose Union Square Station Associates (US2) to be the master developer for the Union Square Revitalization Plan. A Community Benefits Agreement would provide a binding contract between the Union Square community and US2, ensuring the public's needs are met.


Karen Narefsky, a member of Union United, a coalition of residents and 17 organizations within the community, said the goal is to ensure affordable housing, access to jobs, protection for small businesses, and creation of green and open spaces, among other concerns.

"[A CBA] is a tool we've seen be successful in other communities," said Narefsky.

The public hearing was requested by Union United through a process where at least 50 registered voters can petition for a hearing on any topic.

Vanessa Nason can be reached at vanessa.nason@globe.com .