Last bits of old Somerville building pushed over to make way for new Green Line station

Homans Building gone

Jay K shows us the remains of what had been the last standing parts of the Homans Building, knocked over this morning to make way for construciton of the Gilman Square station on the new addition to the Green Line and an adjacent power substation.

And just like that, the Homans building in #Somerville is reduced to piles. Green line ext progressing.

The MBTA posted video of the last three floors going down:



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Sure, harmless in the big sense, but

When half the comments are this or some other shtick, it makes me way less interested in bothering to check *any* of the comments, let alone try to participate constructively.

If that's what Adam wants for the site and the comment feature, okay, whatever. Personally I'd prefer better.



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I was thinking of a synonym for "extension," but came up with the wrong word, which I've changed.

Nope. Wrong Waquiot

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Keolis also has a contract with the state. Do you think they're living up to its requirements?

Someone is conflating

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Service contracts with construction contracts.

Keolis might not be living up to their contract, but conversely they should no be paid a penny more than what their contract says, unless MassDOT makes some kind of change on their side.

Besides, I don't know if you realize this, but both Beacon Hill and Washington are both keeping an eye on the construction contracts. There were issues with the earlier contracts that caused those contracts to be cancelled.

Meanwhile, the Globe's "Rosy Vaccaro" claims everything is fine

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When did the Globe go from investigating the T (remember the Fairmount train find by Nicole Dungca?) to putting out FMCB PR articles? Over a half year construction delay on the project. GLX towns are threatening lawsuits over station access. Vaccaro doesn't write a word about it.

Bldg demo should have been removed from the project scope

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The Homans site is no longer part of the Gilman GLX station design. The team should have removed the demo project to save $$$. The new Gilman GLX entrance faces the hill between the rail lines and Somerville High. Just stairs, no elevators (removed). Which begs the question. Will riders spend $3 (estimated 2021 fare) to ride the GLX only to hike up a hill or spend $2 (est.) to ride a bus and have a nice flat stroll into Somerville High.

We used to be able to build

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We used to be able to build transit stations without destroying the buildings that would be the most convenient to the the new station.

If Brookline Village can have a D line station woven into the urban landscape, why can't Somerville?

The former Winter Hill

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The former Winter Hill station at Gilman Square also predated the urban fabric.

In 1959, they figured out how to convert a railroad into the Green Line D without destroying the neighborhoods for massive glass boxes. That's also how to avoid spending billions of dollars for a few miles of trolley line along an existing right of way.

Is Winter Hill Station still there?

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That would be part of your answer.

Things like being ADA compliant would be the other part.

Also, you do know that both the Green Line and an active rail line will be running there, unlike the Highland Line, right?

But if you want a B &A comparison, look at what happened when the ran the Mass Pike al8ng the other branch that goes through Newton.