COMMERCE & DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MEETING

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30, 2004

COUNCIL CHAMBER

5:30 P.M.

Convened: 5:30 PM

Adjourned: 7:00 PM

 

Present were:††††† Chairperson Councillor Michael C. Perotto

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Philip P. Palmieri

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Dennis L. Irish

 

Also: †††††††††††††††††† Chief Development Officer, Philip Niddrie

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Chief Development Officer, George A. Ciccone

Economic Development Staff Person, Steven Bishop

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Neighborhood Services Staff Person, Tom Sweeney

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Assistant City Clerk Lisa M. Thomas, clerk

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

1.†††††† Communication of the City Manager relative to an Economic Development Action Plan.

††††††††† #8G CM October 14, 2003

Recommend Hold

 

2.†††††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Aprilís Economic Development Initiatives Report Ė Part I

1.     Union Station Garage and Tenancy

2.     Gateway Park Grants and Tenancy

3.     SWIP Project

4.     Brownfield Initiatives

a.      Specific Properties

b.     Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund

5.     Wyman Gordon Property Reuse

6.     Worcester Center Tenancy

7.     Visitorís Center Rehab

8.     Arts District

#53 CC April 6, 2004

Recommend File

 

3.†††††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Mayís Economic Development Initiatives Report Ė Part I

1.     Union Station Garage and Tenancy

2.     Gateway Park Grants and Tenancy

3.     SWIP Project

4.     Brownfield Initiatives

a.      Specific Properties

b.     Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund

5.     Wyman Gordon Property Reuse

6.     Worcester Center Tenancy

7.     Visitorís Center Rehab

8.     Arts District

#8A CM May 4, 2004

Recommend File

 

4.†††††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Juneís Economic Development Initiatives Report Ė Part I

1.     Union Station Garage and Tenancy

2.     Gateway Park Grants and Tenancy

3.     SWIP Project

4.     Brownfield Initiatives

a.      Specific Properties

b.     Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund

5.     Wyman Gordon Property Reuse

6.     Worcester Center Tenancy

7.     Visitorís Center Rehab

8.     Arts District

#8A CM June 1, 2004

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration to invite Federal, State and Local government to attend a meeting in Boston regarding the Union Station garage.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration to provide City Council with a report for the August, 2004 Commerce and Development meeting regarding a process for immediate vacating of the school maintenance building or seeking of alternative sites to place school employees.

 

5.†††††† Communication of the City Manager relative to G.A.R. Memorial Hall Property Sale and Redevelopment Update.

††††††††† #8C CM May 4, 2004

Recommend Hold

 

6.†††††† Communication of Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives transmitting Report relative to the Community 2004 Economic Development Impact of the Central Massachusetts Life Science Industry.

††††††††† #16 CC May 18, 2004

Recommend Hold

 

7.†††††† Order Councillor Konstantina B. Lukes Ė request Commerce and†††† Development Committee to set priorities as to those projects that do not have funding and are going to require City participation for funding and report back to City Council at least one month before budget session commences.

††††††††† #33j CC February 3, 2004

††††††††† In Committee April 12, 2004 - Held

Recommend File

 

CERTIFIED PROJECT APPLICATIONS

 

8.†††††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Certified Projects (TIF) Tracking Report.

#8B CMMarch 4, 2003

Recommend Hold

9.†††††† Communication of the City Manager relative to TIF Monitoring Reports.

††††††††† #8K CM August 12, 2003

Recommend Hold

 

10.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to TIF Report.

††††††††† #8G CMSeptember 9, 2003

Recommend Hold

 

ARTS DISTRICT

 

11.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Arts District Master Plan.

††††††††† #8B CMNovember 12, 2002

Recommend Hold

 

CONVENTION CENTER AND VISITORS BUREAU

 

12.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Convention Center Marketing Funds.

††††††††† #8F CM†† June 17, 2003

Recommend Hold

 

13.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to the Visitor Center Status Report.

††††††††† #8A CM March 16, 2004

††††††††† In Committee April 12, 2004 Ė Held

Recommend Hold

 

14.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Worcester County Convention & Visitors Bureau Third Quarter Report for FY í04.

††††††††† #8B CM April 13, 2004

Recommend Hold

 

UNION STATION/COMMUTER RAIL

 

15.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to Union Station Bus Ports.

#8E CM May 4, 2004

Recommend File

 

16.†††† Communication of the City Manager relative to remaining build out costs Ė Union Station.

††††††††† #8C CM June 15, 2004

Recommend Hold

 

MISCELLANEOUS

 

Communications of the City Manager

†††††††††

17.†††† Relative to City-Owned Brownfield Sites.

††††††††† #8C CM February 11, 2003

Recommend Hold

 

18.†††† Relative to where hotels subscribe regularly for travel options in Worcester, and which hotels are tied into the National Reservation System.

††††††††† #8G CMMay 20, 2003

Recommend Hold

 

19.†††† Relative to explanation of how the HUD Section 108 Loans are used.

††††††††† #8B CM†† May 20, 2003

Recommend Hold

 

20.†††† Relative to Blackstone Canal Feasibility Study.

††††††††† #8D CMJuly 1, 2003

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration to provide City Council with a report regarding all the different projects using the Transportation Bond Bill.

 

21.†††† Relative to Blackstone Canal Feasibility Study.

††††††††† #8D CMOctober 14, 2003

Recommend Hold

 

22.†††† Relative to status of RFP for Airport Industrial Park Parcels.

††††††††† #8E CMAugust 12, 2003

Recommend Hold

 

23.†††† Relative to 722 Plantation St.

††††††††† #26B CMSeptember 30, 2003

Recommend Hold

 

24.†††† Relative to 722 Plantation St.

††††††††† #8A CMMay 18, 2004

Recommend Hold

 

25.†††† Relative to Transportation Bond Bill.

††††††††† #8C CM October 14, 2003

Recommend Hold

 

26.†††† Relative to conversion of Pearl St. to a two-way street.

††††††††† #23B CM November 18, 2003

††††††††† In Committee November 19, 2003 - Held

Recommend Hold

 

27.†††† Relative to the Farmerís Market Study.

††††††††† #8D CM May 4, 2004

Recommend File

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration to communicate with Andy OíKeefe regarding the feasibility of locating a Farmers Market in the Harding Street and tunnel areas and its potential for success.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration to schedule a tour of the Portland Farmerís Market.

 

Chairmanís Order request the Administration to provide the City Council with a financial report on the Portland Farmerís Market.