CITY OF WORCESTER
Economic Development Committee Meeting
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Esther Howland (South) Chamber
Convened: 5:33 P.M.
Joseph M. Petty
Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford
|Chairperson Frederick C Rushton |
|Councilor Sarai Rivera |
|Councilor George J Russell |
City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts
|Present Were:||Chairperson Councilor Frederick C Rushton
Councilor Sarai Rivera
Councilor George J Russell|
|Also:||Councilor Gary Rosen
City Solicitor David M. Moore
Chief Development Officer Michael E. Traynor
Assistant Chief Development Officer Paul Morano
Director of Planning & Regulatory Services Stephen S. Rolle
Business Program Manager Peter Dunn
Senior Housing Development Officer Stephen Connelly
Assistant City Clerk Susan M. Ledoux, clerk|
Report of the Planning Board Upon the Petition of Nate Smith, President of Absolute Machinery, request to extend the existing ML-2.0 zone to incorporate the entire parcel of 92 Gardner St. which is currently split zoned by ML-2.0 and RG-5.0 zones and also to extend the existing ML.2.0 zone to incorporate the entire parcel of 57 Southgate St. which is currently split zoned by ML-2.0 and RG-5.0 zones.
# 11a CC June 30, 2015
Present was Craig Thorne, owner of Absolute Machinery.
Accepted the Report of the Planning Board and Approved on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays
Resolution of Councilor Sarai Rivera - That the City Council does hereby petition the Great and General Court for authority to adopt protections for Governmentally involved Housing. (Tabled Under Privilege - Petty August 11, 2015)
# 16b CC September 01, 2015
Present was Cassandra Ben-Sahid.
Request City Manager reach out to State Senator Harriette L. Chandler to discuss the bill relative to Saving Affordable Housing currently before the State Legislature to determine where it is in the legislative process and what language will accomplish the goal to save affordable housing stock for Worcester. Further, request City Solicitor draft a Home Rule Petition that reflects saving vulnerable, existing affordable housing stock specifically for Worcester.
Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning Affordable Housing in Worcester that shows whether or not owners of existing housing inventory intend to preserve its affordable housing status, and if they are preserving their status, where they are in the process and report how long the term will be for the extension.