Prospect Union Square

20-50 Prospect Street Somerville, MA 02143

Prospect Union Square is located at 20-50 Prospect Street in Somerville. The development consists of two buildings, the Mid-Rise Building and the Tower Building, with a combined total of 450 residential units. 20% (90) are designated as affordable. The Mid-Rise building has a total 136 residential units, with 27 units designated as affordable. The Tower building will include a total 314 residential units with 63 designated as affordable. All affordable units are rented to households at or below 50% of AMI, at or below 80% of AMI, or at or below 110% AMI.

 

The link to the lottery results is here

FEATURES

Elevator
Bike Storage
Package Room
Parking Garage
Fitness Center
Outdoor Pool Terrace (with daybeds & chaise loungers)
Outdoor Dining Spaces (with grills)
Outdoor Lounges (with firepit)
Business Lounge (with private work rooms)
Community Dining Space
Billiards & Game Tables
Indoor Lounge (with fireplace)
Interior Dog Run & Pet Wash

Pool of Prospect Union Square in Somerville

NEIGHBORHOOD

Union Square is a neighborhood in the southeastern part of Somerville. It is centered on Union Square proper, which is located at the intersection of Washington Street, Webster Avenue, and Somerville Avenue. With new lab and office space, housing, retail, & green and open space, Union Square is expanding the Boston innovation ecosystem by fostering the next great concentration of life science and technology companies as well as ushering in more living spaces to this vibrant and desirable neighborhood. Whether through two new train stops, bus, bike, foot, or car, Union Square mobility options provide access to the best of Boston and gives visitors and residents many opportunities to get outside with numerous parks and civic spaces.

FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED / PROCESS

Please note, this is not a lottery. Applications for Prospect Union Square are processed on a first come, first served basis, as apartments become available  (see the Current Availability table in the next section below).

If there is no current availability, applications are added to the waiting list and are reviewed upon receipt to ensure completion and proper documentation only. Applications will then be reviewed for eligibility when they are reached on the waiting list.

Applicants will be emailed upon receipt of their application and upon each application review. Please check your email regularly. 

JOIN OUR COMMUNITY / AVAILABILITY & ELIGIBILITY

Prospect Union Square is a mixed-income community offering affordable apartment rentals. Eligibility and income restrictions apply. Find current availability and income limits in the table below.

Minimum income limits apply unless the household receives mobile housing assistance (including, but not limited to: VASH, Section 8 and MRVP).

  • Program: Inclusionary Zoning
  • Number of Income-Restricted Apartments: 90
  • Apartment Sizes: Studio, 1-Bedroom, 2-Bedroom, & 3-Bedroom
  • Income-Restricted, ADA-Accessible Apartments: One Studio Unit, Six, 1-Bedroom Units, & Four, 2-Bedroom Units built out for Households with Mobility Impairments; 1 Studio Unit built out for households with Visual Impairments and/or that are Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Maximum Income Limits: 50% AMI, 80% AMI, 110% AMI (Area Median Income) — Based on HUD Limits
  • Asset Limit: $75,000

Asset Limit does not include retirement but does include the assessed value of real estate owned by applicants.

*All utilities paid for by the tenant.

Rents for 110% AMI units are based on household income. Included in chart below are the lowest/highest possible rents based on 1-2 people in a Studio unit, 1-2 people in a 1-Bedroom unit and 2-4 people in a 2-Bedroom unit.

 

2023 HUD Income Limits

Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH HUD Metro FMR Area
(Somerville 50%, 51%-80%, 81%-110%) 
Household Size50% AMI51% - 80% AMI81% - 110% AMI
1$57,100$57,101 - $91,200$91,201 - $125,620
2$65,300$65,301 - $104,200$104,201 - $143,660
3$73,450$73,451 - $117,250$117,251 - $161,590
4$81,600$81,601- $130,250$130,251 - $179,520
5$88,150$88,151 - $140,700$140,701- $193,930
6$94,700$94,701 - $151,100$151,101 - $208,340

Current Rental Availability

Property# BedsRentMinimum IncomeIncome Limit (AMI)Units AvailableAccessible Units
16 Peterborough Street2-Bedroom$1,766$63,57670%31 Unit built out for Households that are Deaf/Hard of Hearing
69 Bailey StreetCompact 1-Bedroom$1,403$42,09070%30
IdylStudio (ADA-M Units)$1,330$39,90070%2 (ADA-M Units)2 Units built out for Households with Mobility Impairments
Idyl1-Bedroom (ADA-M Units)$1,559$46,77070%2 (ADA-M Units)2 Units built out for Households with Mobility Impairments
The IndieCompact Studio (ADA-M Unit)$1,196$35,88070%1 (ADA-M Unit)1 Unit built out for Households with Mobility Impairments
The Indie2-Bedroom (ADA-H Unit)$1,766$52,98070%1 (ADA-H Unit)1 Unit built out for Households that are Deaf/Hard of Hearing
The Indie3-Bedroom (ADA-M Unit)$1,978$59,34070%1 (ADA-M Unit)1 Unit built out for Households with Mobility Impairments
Ellington Metro West 2-Bedroom (ADA-M Unit)$1,978$59,34080%1 (ADA-M Unit)1 unit built out for Households with Mobility Impairments
Arlington 360Studio$2,250$67,500120%10
Arlington 3601-Bedroom$2,500$75000120%10
BLDG 89Studio$1,330$39,90070%10
Cedar Place1-Bedroom$2,058$61,74080%10
The Nines2-Bedroom$2,721$81,63080%20
The Nines1-Bedroom$2,465$73,95080%50
The NinesStudio$2,172$65,16080%40
Allston Labworks Studio (ADA-M Unit)$1,330$47,88070% 1 (ADA-M Unit)1 Unit built out for Households with Mobility Impairments
Orchards2-Bedroom $2,154$51,69680%51
Emery Flats Studio $1,909$57,27080%11
Ink Block1-Bedroom $1.559$46,77070%10
Bremen 282Studio (Artist-Certified Only Units)$1,130$33,90060%4 (Artist-Certified Only Units)0
The Artemis at Arlington Heights1-Bedroom$1,925$57,75080%10
The Artemis at Arlington Heights2-Bedroom$2,273$68,19080%10
The Artemis at Arlington HeightsStudio$1,834$55,02080%10
Prynne Hills1-Bedroom $2,121$63,63080%41 Unit built out for Households with Mobility Impairments
Prynne Hills2-Bedroom $2,325$69,75080%30
Essex Landing 1-Bedroom $2,257$67,71080%21
Cable Mills 2-Bedroom Condo$185,000 (Purchase Price)-80%10
Village Green1-Bedroom$2,177$65,31080%21

NEXT STEPS

The next step is to request a rental application, and then complete and submit your application. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. If there is no current vacancy, you’ll be added to our waitlist in the order received. 

Phone: (617) 639-3064 Ext 785 | US Relay 711

Free language assistance is available for those whose primary language is not English or have limited English proficiency. For more information or reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact us.

INCOME & ELIGIBILITY QUESTIONS / FAQ

How is my income calculated?
The household income is calculated based on the gross income of the household. Commissions, bonuses and other regular payments are included and considered part of the gross annual income.

I didn’t file taxes last year. What do I need to provide?
Individuals or households who did not file taxes must provide a verification of non-filing from the IRS in lieu of a tax return. To obtain the verification of non-filing, applicants should fill out a 4506-T form and file it by mail or hand-deliver it to an IRS office. The IRS will mail back a letter of verification which must be provided with the income materials given to the marketing agent. See the IRS website to download a 4506-T form.

I received a pay raise between the time I picked up an application and the time I was income certified and now I am over the income limit. What do I do?
Income is calculated at the time the applicant submits an application to the lottery agent, not during the application process or at the time of the lottery. Eligibility must be maintained from the time of the application pick up until after income certification verification. Unfortunately, if an applicant’s income is over the income limit, the applicant will not be eligible for the particular unit for which they applied.

I have children in school/college, how does this affect my application?
Income from children in school/college under the age of 18 is not considered towards the income of the household.

Are student loans considered income?
Student loans are not considered income and may not be used to income qualify.

I am separated from my spouse, does this affect my application?
Legally married couples shall both be considered part of the household, even if separated. Applicants with additional questions regarding this policy must speak with the marketing agent/seller.

I would like to appeal a decision regarding income eligibility. How do I appeal? Applicants who are rejected will receive a rejection letter in writing and will be given 7 days for the opportunity to appeal the decision.

PROPERTY & COMMUNITY QUESTIONS / FAQ

Property Questions:

What utilities are included in the rent? None. Tenants are responsible for all utilities including cable & internet.

Is the stove electric or gas? Gas.

Is the washer/dryer included? Yes. In-unit.

Is parking available? 19 parking spaces are reserved for the affordable units. In the instance that more than 19 households express interest in renting a parking space, a lottery drawing will be held in order to ensure a fair and equitable process. After the lottery drawing is held, the selected households will be offered a space. For the other households that expressed interest but were not offered to rent a space through the lottery, they will remain on a waitlist for future opportunities upon turnover. 

Is storage available? 15 storage lockers are reserved for the affordable units. In the instance that more than 15 households express interest in a storage locker, a lottery drawing will be held for in order to ensure a fair and equitable process. After the lottery drawing is held, the selected households will be offered a locker. For the other households that expressed interest but were not offered to rent a storage locker through the lottery, they will remain on a waiting list for future opportunities upon turnover. 

What is the pet policy? 2 pets are allowed per apartment, with some breed restricitons for dogs.

If you have additional questions about this property, please contact us.

Tel: (617) 639-3064 Ext 785 – US Relay 711
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