Economic Development Committee Meeting

Monday, September 8, 2014

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 5:04 P.M.

Adjourned: 6:07 P.M.

Joseph M. Petty


Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford

Committee Members

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 George J. Russell Councilor Tony Economou - temporary appointment
Also:Director of Planning & Regulatory Services Stephen Rolle Sustainability Project Manager Luba Zhaurova Deputy City Solicitor/Acting Chief Development Officer Michael Traynor Director of Business Assistance Paul Marano Councilor Gary Rosen Assistant City Clerk Susan M. Ledoux, clerk



Report of the Planning Board Upon the Petition of Attorney Todd Rodman on behalf of White Picket Fence LLC request amendment to Zoning Ordinance of the City of Worcester to allow the conversion of existing school buildings to residential uses in all districts. # 18b CC July 22, 2014


Recommend Acceptance of the recommendation of the Planning Board and Approve


Report of the Planning Board Upon the Communication of the City Manager recommending approval of a Revised Zoning Ordinance Amendment relative to Commercial Corridors Overlay District that encourages compact, mixed-use, pedestrian friendly development. # 18a CC July 22, 2014


Councilor Russell moved to be recused Recused on a roll call vote of 2 Yeas and 0 Nays.

1. Vincent Pedone, Chair of the WRA
2. Gary Vecchio, Worcester resident
3. William Breault, Worcester resident
4. Jo Hart, Worcester resident
5. Deborah Packard, Preservation Worcester
6, Gerry Powers, Worcester resident
7. Richard Hacala, no residence given

Director of Planning & Regulatory Services submitted an amendment to Section 5(A)(1) to allow by Special Permit a Auto/Truck body or paint use if the building was built for this purpose and still has retained physical characteristics for this use.

Committee amended the amendment to include the stipulation that the building existed before 1950.

Recommend Acceptance of the recommendation of the Planning Board and Approve as amended