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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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Magoo knew. That’s who. Sez magoo. Magoo.

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Maybe time to add these to the spam filter?

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Enough, thank you.

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Magoo is harmless, like the Codfish, or Elmer, who is all three of them.

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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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College Avenue in Medford is actually the new terminus of the Green Line Extension.

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

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I saw that going down from the train yesterday as the train slowed going by the site.

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How they're going to pull this off for 2.3 Bil (or not pull this off > think Seaport GLX) is something to watch

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Which makes me think $2.3 million will be the cost.

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

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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.

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Not a good sign this early on

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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.

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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.

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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?

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As it was built in the late 19th century as a station on the Boston and Albany Railroad.

But yes, at one point, before there was an urban landscape, they built train stations without tearing buildings down.

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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.

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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.

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