Somerville aldermen hope to encourage affordability through right of first refusal

To address rising rents, Somerville aldermen have proposed guaranteeing many tenants citywide an opportunity to purchase their homes if their landlord puts the unit up for sale. This “tenant’s right of first refusal” policy needs approval from the Massachusetts Legislature, and the city could submit a draft to lawmakers on Beacon Hill as soon as next year, according […]

Our Revolution Somerville looks to campaign locally, focusing on affordability

Somerville’s chapter of Our Revolution, a nationwide progressive political action group, has begun planning its priorities for 2018, following the victories of all nine Our Revolution-endorsed candidates for Board of Aldermen in last year’s elections. Our Revolution, which emerged from Senator Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, looks to support progressive candidates “across the entire spectrum of government,” according […]

Powder House Community School in Teele Square begins development

Preparations have begun for a mixed-use development at Powder House Community School in Teele Square. The development, which will be built by development company MarKa using the structure of a vacant elementary school, will conclude construction by summer 2018, according to MarKa Director of Development Steven Azar. Azar said that the development will include affordable and market-rate […]

DTD house leased to Tufts, used for transfer student housing

After sitting vacant for a year in the wake of a May 2015 double stabbing on the premises, Delta Tau Delta (DTD) fraternity’s house at 98 Professors Row has been leased to Tufts for the academic year. The building, which is owned by DTD’s alumni housing corporation, is primarily being used to house transfer students, effectively barring fraternity […]