Homans Building Demolition: Medford St. Between School St. and Walnut St. to Close April 6 and 7

Medford St. Between School St. and Walnut St. to Close April 6 and 7 for Homans Building Demolition

On Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, the remainder of the Homans building, on Medford St. near the Pearl St. intersection, will be demolished as part of Green Line Extension construction. Demo began at the rear of the building in mid-March and has progressed incrementally since then.

All work will be conducted during daytime hours. Dust will be controlled using a water mist.

During work hours, Medford St. between School and Walnut Streets will close to motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. Southbound traffic will be detoured via School St. and Highland Ave. Northbound traffic will be detoured onto Walnut St. to Broadway to School St. Abutter access will be managed onsite by the construction supervisor during the street closure. MBTA bus route 80 will also service a slightly modified route in the area. The MBTA will post additional information on http://www.mbta.com and at affected bus stops.

Built in 1929, the Homans building originally served as a distribution facility for the Chicago-based Monarch Finer Foods. The concrete lion face on the façade was Monarch’s trademark. In September 2018, GLX contractors, in consultation with the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission, successfully extracted the lion, who’s been resting comfortably in storage since then. The lion is expected to be reincorporated into the Gilman Square neighborhood in the future.

To stay informed about City construction, you can sign up to receive a weekly email at http://www.somervillema.gov/construction. You can also enroll in the City’s alert system at http://www.somervillema.gov/alerts to be notified prior to major detours or disruptive construction in your neighborhood.

Anyone seeking assistance for an urgent GLX construction-related matter should call the 24/7 GLX hotline at 1-855-GLX-INFO (459-4636) or email info@glxinfo.com.

For additional information about the Green Line Extension Project, including construction schedules, fact sheets, and the latest station designs, visit http://www.mass.gov/glx.

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