Magoun Square, Somerville
DCI delivered a roadway and sidewalk improvement project, funded by a Community Development Block Grant and other sources.
Magoun Square is a compact commercial business district filled with small businesses, shops, and restaurants that principally serve the surrounding neighborhood near the Medford line. At the urging of area businesses and residents, the city set aside money to revitalize the square. The city hired Design Consultants, Inc. (DCI) to design roadway and sidewalk improvements, a new street lighting system, new drainage lines, traffic relocation improvements, and streetscape enhancements (including new curbing, fences, trees, signing, pavement markings, and other incidental items). A major component of the reconstruction program entails improvement to the overall street-scape as a way to encourage more pedestrian traffic and attract thriving, high-quality businesses to Magoun Square. Public participation in the project was strong and the excitement created by news of the reconstruction reaped benefits for Magoun Square residents and businesses even before the design was complete. The positive publicity drew increased attention to existing businesses and enticed other business owners to give greater consideration to locating in Magoun Square. DCI completed its design and the project was substantially complete in 2011.