CITY OF WORCESTER

Economic Development Committee Meeting

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 5:08 P.M.

Adjourned: 6:31 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

 

Clerk of the City Council
Nikolin Vangjeli

Committee Members

Chairperson Candy Mero-Carlson
Vice Chairperson Sean M Rose
Councilor Matthew E Wally
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson Vice Chairperson Councilor Sean M Rose Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey
 
Also:Chief Development Officer Peter Dunn Assistant Chief Development Officer for Special Projects Paul Morano Assistant Chief Development Officer for Planning and Regulatory Services Stephen Rolle Deputy City Clerk Stephen A.J. Pottle, clerk
 
1.

Virtual Attendee Call-in Information

1a.

Pursuant to Chapter 20 of the Acts of 2021 and in order to ensure active, public engagement, the City of Worcester currently allows for both in-person and remote participation at all City Council and Standing Committee meetings. To partake in the meeting, you may join us directly within the Esther Howland (South), follow the below link to join via the WebEx application or dial the direct line as indicated. If you would like to raise your hand when in the meeting as a call-in user you may dial *3. Phone Number: 415-655-0001, Access Code: 180 053 5761.

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Attachments
2.

Approval of the Minutes

2a.

Order - That the City Council Standing Committee of Economic Development hereby approves the minutes of the Economic Development Committee meeting on June 28, 2021.

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Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson read the item and moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

3.

Communication of the City Manager

3a.

Recommend adoption of a resolution to file an application to designate 22, 24, and 28 Mulberry Street as a Certified Project and approve a Tax Increment Exemption (TIE) Plan for the properties. # 10.4D CM July 20, 2021

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson read the item and recognized the Chief Development Officer, who provided an overview of the TIE Plan for the location, including the design and scale of the proposed project.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized the following speakers:
1. James Lambert, Sudbury resident, spoke in favor of the item
2. Walter Heresy, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to the item
3. Philip Palmieri, Worcester resident, spoke in opposition to the item
4. David Sullivan, no residence given, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized the Assistant Chief Development Officer of Planning and Regulatory Services, who discussed the parking plans associated with the proposed project.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson discussed potential changes to the parking regulations in the area of the proposed project, as well as the cultural importance of the former site of Mt. Carmel Church.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized Councilor Rose, who discussed the purpose of the Tax Increment Exemption (TIE), as well as how the project will connect with the larger neighborhood with the Chief Development Officer and the developer.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized Councilor Toomey, who discussed the fiscal impact the project is projected to have, as well as the safety protocols that would be followed during the construction of the project with the Chief Development Officer and the developer.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be approved.

Recommend Approval on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays