Renters are now moving into Somerville's new tallest tower

Somerville’s Union Square is in the early phases of what promises to be a drastic transformation, between the new MBTA Green Line expansion and an encroachment of life sciences businesses into the neighborhood.

The opening this month of Prospect Union Square is a benchmark for the neighborhood’s growth. The tower, at 25 stories, is Somerville’s tallest. It’s the largest development to open since the Green Line expanded into Somerville last year, and it’s the first phase of the USQ development that’ll include several other towers in later phases surrounding the new Union Square T stop.

Residents began moving in last weekend, and more than 100 of the project’s 191 available market-rate units had been leased.

“Interest has been really strong,” said Abby Goodrich, the assistant general manager at Prospect Union Square.

The development has drawn people looking to move from Cambridge and Somerville as well as some from Boston who can now more easily get into the city on the T, she said. “Direct access to the Green Line is a huge thing.”

The apartments have drawn a number of people who still need to commute to work, such as in the medical, biotech and educational fields, Goodrich said. But some are working remotely, she said, making the tower’s work space popular.

“You’ll see people throughout the day working here,” she said.

With a phased opening, the tower will eventually include 314 units. Another 136 are slated to open starting next month in an adjacent shorter building on Prospect Street. Some retail space is also planned.

Amenities at the building include a fitness center with row machines and spin bikes, an indoor dog run and pet wash station, and a secured package room. There’s also a business lounge with private work rooms, a community dining space, billiards and game tables, a lounge with fireplace, and bike storage. Later this month, an outdoor deck with a pool, loungers and fire pits will open.

Studios listed for availability start at just over $3,000 and two-bedroom units top $4,300.

Later phases of the USQ development call for laboratory space, restaurants and shops. In all, the 20-acre development will total 3.8 million square feet, including more than 1,000 residential units.

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Coldwell Banker Realty

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Compass

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William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage and Insurance

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