JMC Opens Martha Perry Lowe Park with Somerville Mayor

JMC Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Union 346

Group holding scissors cutting ribbon to open park
(L-R): Tim Corcoran, Project Director, JMC, Elan Sassoon, Principal, SMT Development, Briselle Salas, guest, Somerville Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, Ward 2 Councilor J.T. Scott

The following press release was written, edited, and published by Wendy Pierce of Goldstein Pierce on citybiz

"John M. Corcoran & Company (JMC) and SMT Development joined with the City of Somerville and Mayor Katjana Ballantyne to celebrate the city’s newest park at 346 Somerville Avenue, adjacent to the companies’ new residential building, Union 346. Named for Martha Perry Lowe, the greenspace is approximately 7,000 square feet and includes cafĂ© seating, benches, hammock stations, and an open lawn area surrounded by tasteful landscaping. In addition to Mayor Ballantyne, the ribbon-cutting was also attended by Councilor J.T. Scott, numerous other City officials, and members of the neighborhood. 

“I want to thank the Union 346 team including Corcoran & Company for joining with the city and the community to create this wonderful new pocket park,” said Mayor Katjana Ballantyne. “When Somerville changed its zoning to require qualifying developments to provide public open spaces, we couldn’t have hoped for a better project partner. The team at Union 346 honored public feedback, worked collaboratively with the city, and made sure that this great new small park would help meet our great big goals to provide more green spaces designed to meet the needs of our neighborhoods. From the trees and native plants to the stormwater features and hammock posts, this park will serve our community for years to come.” 

“Our partnership with the city has resulted in a beautiful green space for the community and our residents to enjoy,” said Tim Corcoran of JMC. “As Union Square continues to evolve, Union 346 brings not only this park to the neighborhood, but a new high-quality living option.”
Martha Perry Lowe (1829-1902) was a founder of the Women’s Educational Union in Somerville, active in the Associated Charities, which gave work to poor women; the Heptorean Club, the first women’s club in the city; president of the Suffrage League; and president of the Women’s Alliance of the First Unitarian Church.

About Union 346
Union 346, a 94-unit apartment community that includes 2,000 square feet of ground floor retail, is a joint venture partnership between Braintree-based John M. Corcoran & Company (JMC), The Grossman Companies, Inc., and Newton-based SMT Development. Located in the heart of Union Square, one of Greater Boston’s most popular neighborhoods, this transit-oriented development is within steps of 18 restaurants, nine entertainment venues, and many public transportation options, including the new Green Line Extension.

John M. Corcoran & Company (JMC) is one of the country’s leading residential management and development firms, specializing in delivering unmatched customer service and maintaining exceptional quality standards for more than seventy years. The privately-owned company has earned a reputation for integrity and professionalism with residents, owners, vendors and the communities that surround its residences, and for providing services to a sophisticated and diverse group of clients ranging from institutional investors and condominium associations to private entrepreneurs and public housing authorities. JMC focuses on high-quality facilities, superb maintenance, superior service and quality living in properties that are thoughtfully planned, tastefully decorated and finished with luxuriant landscaping. For more information on the company and its properties, visit

The Grossman Companies, Inc. (TGCI) is a multi-disciplinary real estate investment, development and management company based in Quincy, MA. Currently led by the fifth generation of Grossmans, the company owns and operates approximately 3 million square feet of diverse property throughout the northeast. TGCI is one of the region’s most active private lenders through its lending affiliate, First Boston Capital Partners.

SMT development is comprised of Elan Sassoon, Gerry McDonough and John Topalis. They have been developing properties in Somerville and Union Square for over 10 years now. Their partnership with the city and neighborhood leaders has led to the beautification of many neighborhoods in Somerville."

Tim Corcoran, JMC, giving speech at podium in front of audience

Tim Corcoran, Project Director, JMC 

Somerville Mayor Katjana Ballantyne at podium speaking to audience

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne

Group of people at reception in community lounge at Union 346 Apartments
Reception in Union 346 Community Lounge

J.T. Scott, War 2 Councilor, speaking at podium to audience
J.T. Scott, Ward 2 Councilor

Elan Sassoon, SMT Development, speaking at podium to audience
Elan Sassoon, Principal, SMT Development