Economic Development Committee Meeting

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 4:07 P.M.

Adjourned: 6:22 PM

Joseph M. Petty


Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford

Committee Members

Chairperson Frederick C Rushton
Councilor Joseph C O'Brien
Councilor George J Russell

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts

Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Frederick C Rushton Councilor Joseph C O'Brien Councilor George J Russell Councilor Tony Economou Councilor Sarai Rivera
Also:Director of Economic Development Timothy McGourthy Small Business Staff Person Paul Morano Director of Housing Miguel Rivera Director of Planning and Regulatory Service Joel Fontane City Clerk David J. Rushford, clerk

Communications of the City Manager


Transmitting for City Council's review and information a copy of the Housing Market Study, as prepared by RKG Consultants, the Analysis of Impediments to Affordable Housing, as prepared by 12 Community Development Consulting, Inc. and a recommended Housing Strategy, as prepared by the Executive Office of Economic Development. # 5a CM November 27, 2012


Recommend Hold

Craig R. Seymour of RKG Associates, Inc., Dover, NH appeared and provided the Committee and Audience with the attached presentation.

1. Paul Collyer, Worcester resident
2. Arthur Mooradian, Worcester resident
3. Russell Haimes, Wayland resident
4. Steve Teasdale, Worcester resident
5. David Zimage, Worcester resident
6. Someone from the Realtors Association
7. Jo Hart, Worcester resident
8. Frank Zitomersky, Worcester resident


Recommending adoption of the attached resolutions relative to the Certified Project Application and Site Specific Economic Opportunity Area Designation for 18 Franklin Street # 10.4I CM June 18, 2013


Recommend Approval on a roll call vote of 3-0

Craig Blais, CEO of the Worcester Business Development Corporation appeared and advocated for approval of the recommendation of the City Manager.

1. Steve Quist, Worcester resident
2. Jo Hart, Worcester resident

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager attach to the deed at the Worcester District Registry of Deeds an instrument on each property upon which a Certified Project Application status is conferred that reveals publicly that said property is to be maintained in a classification as tax-paying

Request City Manager request City Solicitor prepare a Home Rule Petition to establish a 5-year lock on real estate tax bills for those multi-family properties whose owners rehabilitate them from a derelict condition.

Request City Manager consider increasing to $600,000 the amount directed to homeowner down payment assistance.

Request City Manager consider developing a program in cooperation with our many academic institutions and museums that recruit their staff with incentives to purchase homes within the city limits.