Union Place is the vision of well-known developer David Aposhian of Somerville Housing Group. It is the first Planned Unit Development (PUD) in the City of Somerville. Union Place is also the first developer sponsored varied income development where market rate housing is blended with some deed restricted studios and city inclusionary units in an effort to maintain long-term affordable housing within the community.
David Aposhian’s signature style is evident with the cedar shingle exteriors, meandering brick walks, granite borders and built in granite seating areas. There are dense and varied plantings of mature trees and shrubs surrounding the buildings. This attention to detail creates a unique haven for common green space with several barbeque areas for all residents to enjoy.
Since the groundbreaking in 2001, four phases of the development have been completed: with six residential buildings, consisting of 131 condominiums, and a four story parking garage, providing off street parking for all the Union Place residents. There are currently 50 units at 411-429 Norfolk Street, 35 units at 432 Norfolk Street, and 46 units at 80 Webster Avenue which were completed in August 2009. Most of the land was a former junkyard and is now a vibrant new gateway between Cambridge and Somerville. Phase Five contemplates a commercial building in front of the garage, however this phase is currently on hold. IF it is ever developed, commercial influence would be less than 20% of the project’s square footage as a whole.