Weekly Recap: Green Line Extension Project Kicks Off
A look back at Medford's top stories of the week.
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Mayor Michael McGlynn joined Gov. Patrick and other officials at a kickoff ceremony for phase one of the transit project.
Phase one of the Green Line Extension is the first step in a $1.3 billion project that, when complete, would add six new Green Line stations to the MBTA's light-rail line, extending it through Somerville to near Tufts University in Medford.
The first phase represents a small sliver of the entire Green Line Extension project. It consists of of reconstructing two bridges and tearing down a building. Crews will reconstruct the Medford Street railroad bridge in Somerville and the Harvard Street railroad bridge in Medford. Doing so will allow both Commuter Rail and Green Line trains to use the bridges.
Somerville Police three people including a Medford man after staking out a home in the Ten Hills neighborhood. The home was under investigation for allegedly being tied to heroin distribution, according to police reports.
After pulling over cars that had been at the home during the stakeout, police found 50 grams of heroin in one car, and in another car a baggie of heroin, 15 Clonopin pills and $1,690 in cash, according to the police report.
In mid-October, downtown Medford got a little bit more relaxing with the opening of Elements Massage.
Tuesday, Dec. 11 marked the ribbon cutting ceremony that brought Mayor Mike McGlynn, state Rep. Paul Donato, City Councillor Richard Caraviello and others from the Chamber of Commerce to welcome owner and operator Isabelle Wiryo and Elements to the city.
The 40 High St. location for Elements is the 19th studio the chain operates in Massachusetts, having just opened its 21st studio last week in Shewsbury.
IKEA, which owns a large parcel of land in Assembly Square, will "make an announcement very soon about who they're selling to," Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone said Wednesday night at a Ward 4 ResiStat meeting.
IKEA first bought land in Assembly Square in the 1990s, and the Swedish company's plans for the location were a longstanding subject of speculation in Somerville until July, when the furniture giant announced it was not building in the city.
There were six arrests over last weekend, including charges of distributing a Class B drug (subsequent offense) and conspiracy to violate drug law.