Winter Hill Plan Implementation

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Photo of a meeting in Winter Hill.

The Winter Hill Neighborhood Plan was finalized in November of 2016. It highlights three key actions:

  1. Prioritize interaction and involvement with community members.
  2. Develop a pro-business environment by rejuvenating the Broadway commercial main street.
  3. Reconnect Winter Hill to the rest of the city, both physically and culturally.

Since the plan was adopted by Planning Board, the City has undertaken many efforts to pursue the goals outlined in the plan, including the Winter Hill in Motion project. Currently, the SRA is considering an Urban Renewal Plan to further support the implementation of the Winter Hill Neighborhood Plan.

Winter Hill Urban Renewal Plan

From June 2019 through March 2020, City staff hosted meetings, 1:1 conversations, and office hours to explore whether the community would be interested in the City using eminent domain to take the vacant Star Market property and other nearby sites. The general consensus, from nearly a hundred participants, was yes.

As a result, City staff has prepared a Winter Hill Urban Renewal Plan draft. Download the PDF of the draft here, or read a summary of what’s included here.

To become adopted, the Plan must be approved by four different bodies:

SRA

The SRA adopted the plan at their September 16 meeting. Comment letters can be read here.

Planning Board

11/5/2020 at 6:00pm: The Planning Board will discuss the Urban Renewal Plan and determine whether it is consistent with SomerVision. Register here.

City Council

Date(s) TBD: The City Council will discuss and hold a public hearing regarding the plan before voting on whether to approve the plan.

State’s Department of Housing and Community Development

Once the Plan is approved by the required local entities, the State reviews it to ensure it meets legal requirements.

How to Participate

There are many opportunities to weigh in on the Winter Hill Urban Renewal Plan draft:

  1. Email comments for the SRA. The SRA has approved the plan.
  2. Attend upcoming meetings. Join the email newsletter list for updates as these meetings are scheduled.
  3. Email your Councilor, who may be voting on whether to approve this plan later in the year.
  4. If you have not already, sign up for our email list to get updates on this project.

Para mantenerse en contacto con este proyecto, únase a nuestra lista de boletines por correo electrónico o vuelva a visitar este sitio. Para obtener información sobre este proyecto, comuníquese con 617-666-3311 o por correo electrónico SomerVivaEspanol@SomervilleMA.gov.

Kreyòl Ayisyen: Pwojè sa se yon fason pou aplike plan ki genyen pou katye Winter Hill la. Pou entèpretasyon sou pwojè sa, tanpri kontakte 617-666-3311 oubyen voye on email nan: SomerViv@SomervilleMA.gov.

Português: Este projeto trata da implementação do Plano de Vizinhança de Winter Hill. Para tradução em português sobre este projeto, entre em contato com 617-666-3311 ou por e-mail SomerVivaPort@SomervilleMA.gov.

The Winter Hill Neighborhood Plan was finalized in November of 2016. It highlights three key actions:

  1. Prioritize interaction and involvement with community members.
  2. Develop a pro-business environment by rejuvenating the Broadway commercial main street.
  3. Reconnect Winter Hill to the rest of the city, both physically and culturally.

Since the plan was adopted by Planning Board, the City has undertaken many efforts to pursue the goals outlined in the plan, including the Winter Hill in Motion project. Currently, the SRA is considering an Urban Renewal Plan to further support the implementation of the Winter Hill Neighborhood Plan.

Winter Hill Urban Renewal Plan

From June 2019 through March 2020, City staff hosted meetings, 1:1 conversations, and office hours to explore whether the community would be interested in the City using eminent domain to take the vacant Star Market property and other nearby sites. The general consensus, from nearly a hundred participants, was yes.

As a result, City staff has prepared a Winter Hill Urban Renewal Plan draft. Download the PDF of the draft here, or read a summary of what’s included here.

To become adopted, the Plan must be approved by four different bodies:

SRA

The SRA adopted the plan at their September 16 meeting. Comment letters can be read here.

Planning Board

11/5/2020 at 6:00pm: The Planning Board will discuss the Urban Renewal Plan and determine whether it is consistent with SomerVision. Register here.

City Council

Date(s) TBD: The City Council will discuss and hold a public hearing regarding the plan before voting on whether to approve the plan.

State’s Department of Housing and Community Development

Once the Plan is approved by the required local entities, the State reviews it to ensure it meets legal requirements.

How to Participate

There are many opportunities to weigh in on the Winter Hill Urban Renewal Plan draft:

  1. Email comments for the SRA. The SRA has approved the plan.
  2. Attend upcoming meetings. Join the email newsletter list for updates as these meetings are scheduled.
  3. Email your Councilor, who may be voting on whether to approve this plan later in the year.
  4. If you have not already, sign up for our email list to get updates on this project.

Para mantenerse en contacto con este proyecto, únase a nuestra lista de boletines por correo electrónico o vuelva a visitar este sitio. Para obtener información sobre este proyecto, comuníquese con 617-666-3311 o por correo electrónico SomerVivaEspanol@SomervilleMA.gov.

Kreyòl Ayisyen: Pwojè sa se yon fason pou aplike plan ki genyen pou katye Winter Hill la. Pou entèpretasyon sou pwojè sa, tanpri kontakte 617-666-3311 oubyen voye on email nan: SomerViv@SomervilleMA.gov.

Português: Este projeto trata da implementação do Plano de Vizinhança de Winter Hill. Para tradução em português sobre este projeto, entre em contato com 617-666-3311 ou por e-mail SomerVivaPort@SomervilleMA.gov.

  • This survey is now complete.

    The City is considering an urban renewal plan in Winter Hill. This would let the City take the vacant Star Market site and encourage new development on the property. It would also help us tackle some other important priorities as listed in the Winter Hill Neighborhood Plan. Let us know what you think about the options available to us.

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