Talk about New York style! It's not just hype for Boston condo listings. It's apparently the rubric for entire condo buildings. At 70 Prospect Street in Somerville's Union Square area, developers want to put up a 14-unit building with a modernist design that may include mimicking the triangular-shaped Flatiron Building in Manhattan. (It's not the first time the Flatiron's been a developmental muse in the Hub; and might we point out that the Flatiron is located just north of Manhattan's own Union Square—irony!)
The proposed condo would capitalize on SomerVision, the epic 20-year growth plan for the city that hinges on the extension of the Green Line through Somerville into Medford. The condo, where units will be about 1,100 square feet each, would sit, in fact, less than a block from a new Green Line station. There would also be 14 parking spaces, though that's proving a sticking point with residents (the public-transit proximity is being righteously cheered). It's not enough, some say, and, besides, the new condo dwellers will only add to traffic in a changing Union Square area.
Seventy Prospect comes before the Somerville Planning Board on Feb. 21. Developers hope to start construction in the spring and be done in about a year.
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