Construction for Somerville’s ArtFarm to start in 2017

Wicked Local Somerville | By Eliza Rosenberry
December 19, 2016

A large plot of land near Somerville’s Inner Belt district may soon get a major overhaul, and the city’s arts and agricultural communities will reap the benefits.

Last January, the Somerville Arts Council (SAC) proposed a project that would turn a former waste-transfer site in the Brickbottom neighborhood into a community arts and agricultural space called ArtFarm.

ArtFarm, to be located at 10 Poplar St., will serve as a sustainable creative and cooperative space, featuring concerts, classes, pop-up shops, urban agriculture and more. Partners include the City of Somerville, the Brickbottom community, the Earthos Institute and the Somerville Community Corporation.

After multiple public meetings and focus groups, SAC developed the major pillars of the project: environmental sustainability; arts and cultural engagement; community unity; and economic development.

Last week SAC executive director Gregory Jenkins and principal architect Chris Grimley proposed the most recent floor plan.

Under current designs created by Grimley’s architectural firm, “over,under,” the proposed space will feature community gardens, a greenhouse, a cafe and performance venue.

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