Somerville Media Center to Move by May 31, 2020

F74B1273-786C-4116-A0B7-EED93E7E65970F77141D-7C24-4211-893B-F8C41DBDE9E5According to the website Real Medford Politics by Joe Viglione he writes: Somerville Media Center to move by May 31, 2020… remember when TV3 Medford was at 5 High Street and claimed they had to move due to “toxic mold” or whatever, ended up on Riverside Ave with no connectivity (moving to a place with no connectivity?????) and then had to shut down? Somerville Media Center now has to scramble to build a new studio with less than 3 months to do it. Something about water – you can read Somerville City Hall’s letter here.

Somerville Media Center to Move

A Joe Viglione Essay

Some years back I was informed that the Somerville Media Center could be given notice at any time by the Mayor’s office that they would have to leave 90 Union Square, the old firehouse.

That time is now.

For those interested in what is going on, Somerville News Weekly provides this information garnered from Public Records Requests and received today, March 16, 2020. This is part 1 as more documents will be arriving in April.

Letter from TV station to City Hall, undated:

Greetings and happy new year!

I’m writing to follow-up on the December 20 visit to the Mayor’s office. It is my understanding that two sites, Parenting Journey and City Schemes, had been identified as possible options for the temporary relocation of Somerville Media Center during the renovation of the “old firehouse” building at 90 & 92 Union Square. As I recall, Tom offered to set up introductions with the potential landlords and schedule related walk-throughs of the spaces in order to ascertain whether either would work as a short-term fit. With the holidays behind us, Joe Lynch and I fully available for those visits. Let us know the time and dates.

The December 20 meeting was certainly appreciated and we are heartened by the Mayor’s commitment and support to keep SMC in the Union Square vicinity even during this unfortunate displacement while our home gets rehabilitated. While given advanced word on the city’s ultimate intentions to vacate the building for rehab purposes, we are still very much in the dark on specifics regarding timing. We are calculating the impact and logistics of this pending disruption but this has generated a slew of unanswered questions. Most particularly are the time frames that begin the dominoes falling.

In the case of SMC, we expect to receive written notification from the city with regards to the need to vacate 90 Union Square. Additionally we need an idea of the time horizon we are working with as far as being offsite – 6 to 8 months? 10-12 months? As can be seen, this may require a follow-up meeting to before setting anything into motion.

Brian A. Zipp, Executive Director

Somerville Media Center – BFR | SCATV | SNN

90 Union Square, Somerville, MA 02143

On Mon, Feb 3, 2020 at 5:14 PM Emily Monea wrote:

Brian,

Please find attached a letter in response to your request for details in writing regarding our verbal discussions in December on the need for SMC to temporarily relocate out of the 90 Union Square building.

Please contact me with any questions.

Best,

Emily

Emily Monea

Chief of Staff to Mayor Curtatone

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