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Tuesday, July 01, 2014


Hello arts and cultural community. You may have heard that the City’s Planning Department is reexamining zoning for entire City. Why should this concern the arts community? Zoning is key as to how the City determines what type of use and redevelopment is done in various neighborhoods in a City.

The Planning Department has created a series of workshops to address various topics relating to zoning. On July 10th a specific session on Zoning and the Arts and Creative Economy will be held.

Please come out. While the workshop session starts at 4 p.m. it continues until 7:30 and from my understanding the information is not being delivered in a sequential format, i.e. if you can’t arrive until 6:30 you will not miss anything.

All sessions will be held at 50 Middlesex Ave., behind Style Café in the Public Storage building at Assembly Square

General information can be found here:
Specific information on the series can be found here:

Dan Bartman from the planning department provided a good overview below.

At the July 10th session on “Zoning for the Arts and Creative Economy” we will be presenting/discussing the buildings types for the fabrication district and the new “creative industries” use category. We need the artist/creative economy community to join us so we can identify hopes for the future and existing problems so that we can problem solve/brainstorm solutions together.

We want to enable Somerville’s artists and creative businesses to thrive but many of the challenges they face on a daily basis remain hidden from plain sight (when considering regulation). We hope to shed light on them at this session.

I hope to see you on Thursday the 10th.

Gregory Jenkins
Executive Director
Somerville Arts Council
617.625.6600 ext. 2985
City of Somerville
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone

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