CITY OF WORCESTER

Economic Development Committee Meeting

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 6:40 P.M.

Adjourned: 9:04 P.M.


Mayor
Konstantina B. Lukes

 

www.ci.worcester.ma.us

 

Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford

Committee Members

Chairperson Philip P Palmieri
Councilor Paul P Clancy Jr
Councilor Barbara G Haller
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Philip P Palmieri
Councilor Paul P Clancy Jr
Councilor Barbara G Haller
 
Also:Assistant City Manager Julie Jacobson
Director of Economic Development Timothy J. McGourthy
Director of Neighborhood & Housing Development Dennis Hennessy
Grants Acquisition Paul Morano, Jr.
Project Manager Stephen Crane
Director of Planning & Regulatory Services Joel Fontane
Assistant City Clerk Susan Ledoux, clerk
 
1.

CERTIFIED PROJECT APPLICATIONS

1a.

Communication of the City Manager recommending Adoption of the Attached Resolutions Relative to the Certified Project Application and Site Specific Economic Opportunity Area (EOA) Designation for 184 Main Street Associates, LLC for the Project at 184 Main Street.
# 9.5G CM December 02, 2008

Attachments

Recommend adoption of two resolutions on roll call vote 3 - 0

1b.

Communication of the City Manager recommend Adoption of the Attached Resolutions Relative to the Certified Project Application and Site Specific Economic Opportunity Area (EOA) Designation for CAC Realty, LLC and Creedon and Company, Inc. for the Property at 39 Jolma Road.
# 9.5H CM December 02, 2008

Attachments

Recommend adoption of two resolutions on roll call vote 3 - 0

2.

COMMUNICATIONS OF THE CITY MANAGER

2a.

Recommend Adoption of the Final North Main Economic Development Strategy.
# 9.5D CM December 02, 2008

Attachments

Recommend Approval on roll call 3-0

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager review street layout of the north end of Main St. to develop a design that would provide better access to nearby highways.

2b.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the submission of a draft of the North Main Economic Development Strategy.
# 9.8D CM June 17, 2008


In Committee July 1, 2008 - Held


Attachments

Recommend File

2c.

Transmitting informational communication relative to implementation of the S.A.V.E. Our Neighborhoods Plan.
# 8.19B CM March 04, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

2d.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a movie being filmed in the City.
# 7.38B CM May 20, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

2e.

Transmitting informational communication relative to an update on the Wyman Gordon Company's expansion activity.
# 9.5B CM July 08, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager request the CEO of Wyman Gordon to schedule a site visit with City Council's Standing Committee on Economic Development.

2f.

Transmitting informational communication relative to an article and a policy briefing from CommonWealth Magazine regarding the Gateway Cities.
# 11.5A CM August 12, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

2g.

Transmitting informational communication relative to signage/outdoor advertisement for home based occupations.
# 11.21A CM August 12, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

2h.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the newly launched Buy Worcester Now Program.
# 11.42B CM August 12, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide an updated report concerning the Buy Worcester Now Program since its implementation.

Request City Manager submit a flowchart of the Buy Worcester Now Program demonstrating it's components and the intake and distribution of monies.

Request City Manager provide a list of the number of vacant properties within the City and include which of those properties are foreclosed and have damage.

Request City Manager supply a map of homes purchased through the Buy Worcester Now Program.

Request City Manager provide City Council with a quarterly report tracking foreclosures.

2i.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Worcester Small Business Guide.
# 8.5A CM September 09, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

2j.

Transmitting informational communication relative to an update on the City's Climate Action Plan (CAP).
# 8.5C CM September 09, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

2k.

Transmitting informational communication relative to an update on the progress of the Worcester Blackstone Visitor Center.
# 10.5B CM September 23, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

2l.

Transmitting informational communication relative to an update on the grant for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
# 8.6A CM October 21, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

2m.

Transmitting informational communication relative to ongoing efforts to Stabilize our Neighborhoods.
# 8.22A CM October 21, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

2n.

Transmitting informational communication relative to the Economic Development Division's Comprehensive Marketing Program.
# 9.5A CM December 02, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

2o.

Transmitting informational communication relative to a proposal to relocate the US Bicycle Hall of Fame to the Worcester Blackstone Visitor Center.
# 9.5C CM December 02, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

3.

GREEN ISLAND/UNION STATION

3a.

Order of Councilor Gary Rosen and Mayor Timothy P. Murray - Request the City Manager to seek the input of the general public, professionals in real estate development and leasing, graduate students in college or university management programs, among others, to formulate a new and exciting marketing plan for Union Station and to suggest what strategies, besides the RFP process, might be available to implement such a plan. Further, request the public hearing to be held at Union Station.
#39 CC February 7, 2006

Attachments

Recommend File

3b.

Communication of the City Manager relative to Zoning Plan for Green Island (Union Station to Kelley Square)
#17A CM June 29, 2004


In Committee September 20, 2004 - Held
In Committee January 23, 2007 - Held
In Committee July 17, 2007 - Held


Attachments

Recommend File

3c.

Communication of the City Manager relative to Adaptive Reuse Overlay District-Green Island (Union Station to Kelley Square)
#17H CM August 17, 2004


In Committee September 20, 2004 - Held
In Committee January 23, 2007 - Held
In Committee July 17, 2007 - Held


Attachments

Recommend File

3d.

Communication of the City Manager relative to Green Island Zoning Alternatives Report Revision.
#17C CM September 7, 2004


In Committee September 20, 2004 - Held
In Committee January 23, 2007 - Held
In Committee July 17, 2007 - Held


Attachments

Recommend File

3e.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Union Station Parking Garage.
# 26p CM July 08, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

3f.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Master Lessee of the Commercial Space at the Union Station Parking Garage.
# 8.8B CM April 15, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

4.

HOUSING

4a.

Communication of the City Manager relative to the City of Worcester's Housing Policy.
#8C CM November 30, 2004


In Committee January 23, 2006 - Held
In Committee February 23, 2006 - Held
In Committee January 16, 2007 - Held


Attachments

Recommend File

4b.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the implementation of a notification process between the Code Department and the City Assessors office when the use of a property might need to be reclassified.
#7.19 B CM October 31, 2006


In Committee January 16, 2007 - Held
In Committee March 31, 2008- Held


Attachments

Recommend File

4c.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to a list of all City Properties that have been purchased by Social Service Agencies during the last several years.
# 11.29A CM October 03, 2006


In Committee January 16, 2007 - Held
In Committee March 31, 2008 - Held


Attachments

Recommend File

4d.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to unlocking potentials for Growth, Inc., at 8-10 Stoneland Road.
# 7.19A CM October 16, 2007


In Committee March 31, 2008 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

4e.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the availability and affordability of housing for our City's Senior population.
#10.21A CM March 6, 2007


In Committee March 31, 2008 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

4f.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Buy Worcester Now Program
# 8.42C CM October 21, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

4g.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the properties located at 14 Duxbury Road and 26-28 Dayton Street.
# 7.19A CM October 31, 2006


In Committee January 16, 2007 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

4h.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the permitting and/or design review process for the construction of the building located at #344 Pleasant Street.
#10.19B CM January 16, 2007


In Committee July 17, 2007 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

4i.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to whether a Public Hearing Process is required when a Lodging House increases its occupancy.
# 8.19A CM January 02, 2007


In Committee January 16, 2007 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

4j.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to a report on a self funded program requiring Health and Code inspections and permits yearly for rooming houses and non-owner occupied facilities and houses.
# 8.19D CM November 20, 2007

Attachments

Recommend File

4k.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the number of ambulance, fire first responder, and/or police calls to 72-80 Cambridge Street for 2004, 2005, 2006 related to drug overdoses, weapons, and/or physical violence.
# 9.17A CM November 28, 2006

Attachments

Recommend File

4l.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication regarding the City Council request relative to the process used to check on the occupancies of lodging houses by conducting unannounced inspections more often than once a year.
# 9.19A CM October 17, 2006


In Committee January 16, 2007 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

5.

COMMUNICATIONS

5a.

Roberta Schaefer, President & CEO of the Worcester Regioinal Research Bureau transmitting: Downtown Worcester Office Occupancy: 2008 Survey.
# 12a CC October 28, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

5b.

Roberta Schaefer, President & CEO of the Research Bureau, transmitting: Benchmarking Economic Development in Worcester: 2008
# 15a CC November 25, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

5c.

Roberta Schaefer, Ph.D, Executive Director, Worcester Regional Research Bureau, transmitting communication relative to Citizen Satisfaction with Municipal Services and Quality of Life in Worcester: 2005 Survey.
#38 CC June 13, 2006

Attachments

Recommend File

5d.

Roberta Schaefer, Executive Director, Worcester Regional Research Bureau transmitting Benchmarking Economic Development in Worcester : 2004.
#50 CC November 23, 2004

Attachments

Recommend File

6.

RESOLUTION

6a.

Councilor Frederick C. Rushton - That the City Council of the City of Worcester request to change wording in all City communications so that the words "illegal immigrant" does not appear and in place thereof, the words "undocumented worker" appears.
# 18a CC May 01, 2007

Attachments

Recommend Hold

7.

SMOC/PIP SHELTER

7a.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to any impact upon the City of Worcester due to the Framingham SMOC Common Ground Shelter closing.
# 8.19C CM December 12, 2006


In Committee January 16, 2007 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

7b.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to clients at the proposed SMOC facilities on June, Claremont and Catharine Streets.
# 8.19E CM December 12, 2006


In Committee January 16, 2007 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

7c.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the maximum number of people that could be housed at each of the properties owned by SMOC within the City regardless of what the application is for.
# 9.19B CM October 17, 2006


In Committee January 16, 2007 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

7d.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to a report on the progress for the closure of the PIP Shelter at 701 Main St.
# 8.19D CM December 12, 2006


In Committee January 16, 2007 - Held

Attachments

Recommend Hold

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide City Council with an update concerning the PIP Shelter at 701 Main St.

7e.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to South Middlesex Opportunity Council's hiring policies and practices for their Worcester sites.
# 7.23A CM October 16, 2007

Attachments

Recommend File

7f.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Maximum Occupancy (according to Local and State Building Code Regulations) at each of the five SMOC proposed lodging house locations across the City.
# 10.19A CM March 27, 2007

Attachments

Recommend File

7g.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Maximum Occupancy, according to Local and State Building Code Regulations, at each of the SMOC Lodging House Locations across the City.
# 8.19A CM December 12, 2006


In Committee January 16, 2007 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

8.

MISCELLANEOUS

8a.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to a study of the Sycamore, Charlton and Main Streets Corridor regarding the effects of property values because of Social Service Agencies and if the property values have been reduced.
# 11.29A CM September 12, 2006


In Committee January 16, 2007 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

8b.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the disposition of 49 Canterbury Street within South Worcester Industrial Park.
# 13.8B CM January 08, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

8c.

Communication of the City Manager recommend City Council adoption of a resolution to file and accept a Smart Growth/Smart Energy Technical Assistance Grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
# 13.8C CM January 08, 2008

Attachments
In Committee for informational purposes only

Recommend File

8d.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the condition of the former Holiday Inn property located at 500 Lincoln Street.
# 13.19A CM January 08, 2008

Attachments

Recommend Hold

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide an update relative to the former Holiday Inn property located at 500 Lincoln St.

8e.

Report of the Committee on Commerce and Development upon the Order of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes 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.
#67 CC July 6, 2004


In Committee November 23, 2004 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

8f.

Order of Mayor Konstantina B. Lukes - Request all City Council Standing Committees report to City Council for the December 9, 2008 City Council meeting a status report of each committees goals and objectives as established for Fiscal Year 2009.
# 19d CC May 13, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

Chairman's Orders

Request the City Council of the City of Worcester accept the following report concerning the status of the goals of the City Council's Standing Committee on Economic Development: 1) the establishment of parking overlay zones in the Canal District, lower Chandler St., lower Grafton St., lower Lincoln St., and Quinsigamond Village: Goal met and Parking Overlays in place, 2) the expansion of commuter rail in cooperation with the State Administration, Goal met, 3) the commencement of City Square, Phase IA: Request pending upon City Managers discussion with Unum.

8g.

Order of Councilor Paul P. Clancy, Jr. - Request all the City Council Standing Committees review and establish their top two or three priorities and report back to City Council by mid April.
# 20c CC March 11, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

8h.

Order of Mayor Konstantina B. Lukes - Request the Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization Committee to consider changes to tenant/landlord laws when reviewing the City's Housing Policies.
# 15h CC June 17, 2004


In Committee July 2, 2003 - Held
In Committee January 23, 2006 - Held
In Committee February 23, 2006 - Held


Attachments

Recommend File

8i.

Order - Mayor Konstantina Lukes request City Manager request the Central Mass. Delegation to seek some tax relief for any urban area that wants to go to a flat rate.
#48d CC November 23, 2004

Attachments

Recommend File

8j.

Order of Councilor Paul P. Clancy Jr. - Request City Manager report within one month on recommending an ordinance regarding sustainable and energy efficient zoning and building regulations.
#43b CC December 13,2005


In Committee February 8, 2006 - Held
In Committee January 23, 2007 - Held
In Committee July 17, 2007 - Held
In Committee August 28, 2007 - Held In Committee December 18, 2007 - Held


Attachments

Recommend File

8k.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the present procedures for the Inter-Departmental Exchange of information regarding changes in property use.
# 11.29B CM September 12, 2006


In Committee January 16, 2007 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

8l.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Zoning Ordinance for Second Hand Motor Sales; the names and locations of licensed second hand motor vendors throughout the City.
#8.19A CM May 22, 2007


In Committee July 17, 2007 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

8m.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication regarding the disposition of Adams Street School.
# 8.8D CM August 28, 2007

Attachments

Recommend File

8n.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the status of funding for the Hadley Apartments and Beacon Place Condominium Project.
# 10.9A CM January 16, 2007

Attachments

Recommend File

8o.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to a report on the number of food service establishments open 24 hours, hired police details and number/types of complaints/arrests.
# 7.19A CM January 30, 2007

Attachments

Recommend File

8p.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the new position of Project Administrator of the Region II Public Health Emergency Planning Coalition.
# 10.24B CM January 16, 2007


In Committee October 1, 2007 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

8q.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to an update concerning 103 Holden Street.
# 9.28A CM October 30, 2007

Attachments

Recommend File

8r.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication regarding the Lead Hazard Control Grant Awarded to the City of Worcester for up to $2.9M from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
# 10.9A CM September 18, 2007

Attachments

Recommend File

8s.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting Informational Communication Relative to an Update on the Washington Square Development Process.
# 8.8A CM April 15, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

8t.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Gateway Cities Compact.
In City Council May 6, 2008 #8.8A CM Order adopted 8-0

Attachments
In Committee for informational purposes only

Recommend File

8u.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting Informational Communication on Worcester's Wayfinding Initiative with Attached Design Recommendations.
#8C CM August 29, 2006


In Committee September 5, 2006 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

8v.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the City's Biotech and Bioscience Safety Ordinance and Permitting Requirements.
# 6.24D CM June 03, 2008

Attachments

Recommend Refer to Public Health & Human Services Committee

8w.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the transfer of undeveloped land off Pioneer Road and on Guilford Street.
# 8.12B CM January 22, 2008

Attachments

Recommend Refer to Public Works Committee

8x.

Communication of the City Manager recommend adoption of the attached order for the transfer of jurisdiction of the foreclosed tax title properties located at 12 and 14 Guilford Street from the Tax Title Custodian to the Conservation Commission.
# 8.34B CM July 17, 2007


In Committee August 28, 2007 - Held

Attachments

Recommend Communication be referred to the Public Works Committee

8y.

Communication of the City Manager recommend adoption of the attached order for the transfer of jurisdiction of the foreclosed tax title property of 1 Pioneer Road from the Tax Title Custodian to the Conservation Commission.
# 8.34A CM July 17, 2007 - Order adopted 11-0
In Committee for Informational Purposes Only


In Committee August 28, 2007 - Held

Attachments

Recommend File

8z.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to a report on the results of the November 1, 2007 License Commission hearing relative to the application for a lodging house license at 5 Sycamore St.
# 8.16A CM November 20, 2007

Attachments

Recommend File

9.

MONTHLY REPORTS

9a.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication relative to Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Status Report - March 2008.
# 5a CC March 11, 2008

Attachments

Recomend File

9b.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication relative to monthly Economic Development Divisionís (EDD) small business retention and recruitment efforts and other coordinated City activities - March 2008.
# 5b CC March 11, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

9c.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication relative to monthly Economic Development Division's (EDD) small business retention and recruitment efforts and other coordinated City activities - April 2008.
# 5b CM April 08, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

9d.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication relative to Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Status Report - April 2008.
# 5a CC April 08, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

9e.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication relative to monthly Economic Development Division's (EDD) small business retention and recruitment efforts and other coordinated City activities - May 2008.
# 5b CC May 13, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

9f.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting communication relative to Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Status Report - May 2008.
# 5a CC May 13, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

9g.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to the Economic Development Report to retain and recruit small businesses.
# 9.8B CM June 17, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

9h.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication relative to Economic Development Initiatives for the Month of May, 2008.
# 9.8E CM June 17, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

9i.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting the Economic Development Report to Retain and Recruit Small Businesses for the Month of June 2008.
# 9.5C CM July 08, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

9j.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting the Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Status Report for the Month of June 2008.
# 9.5D CM July 08, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

9k.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting the Economic Development Report to retain and recruit small businesses for the Month of August 2008.
# 11.5C CM August 12, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

9l.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting the monthly Economic Development Initiatives Status Report for the Month of August 2008.
# 11.5B CM August 12, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

9m.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting the Economic Development Report to Retain and Recruit Small Businesses for the Month of September 2008.
# 8.5B CM September 09, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

9n.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting the Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Status Report for the Month of September 2008.
# 8.5D CM September 09, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

9o.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Status Report - October 2008
# 5a CM October 14, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

9p.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting the Economic Development Report to Retain and Recruit Small Businesses for the Month of October 2008.
# 8.5B CM November 10, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

9q.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting the Economic Development Report for the Month of October 2008.
# 8.5C CM November 10, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

9r.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting the Monthly Economic Development Initiatives Status Report - December 2008.
# 9.5F CM December 02, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File

9s.

Communication of the City Manager transmitting the Economic Development Report to Retain and Recruit Small Businesses.
# 9.5E CM December 02, 2008

Attachments

Recommend File