Economic Development Committee Meeting

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 5:03 P.M.

Adjourned: 6:49 P.M.

Joseph M. Petty


Clerk of the City Council
David J. Rushford

Committee Members

Chairperson Tony Economou
Councilor Sarai Rivera
Councilor George J Russell

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts

Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Tony Economou Councilor Sarai Rivera Councilor George J Russell
Also:Chief Development Officer Michael Traynor Assistant Chief Development Officer for Business and Community Development Paul D. Morano, Jr. Assistant Chief Development Officer for Planning and Regulatory Services Stephen S. Rolle Councilor Gary Rosen Assistant City Clerk Susan M. Ledoux, clerk

Zone Change Hearing


Report of the Planning Board Upon the Petition of William Sylvester and Paul Towler request the BG-2 zone be extended to include the entire parcel at 1023 Main St., the American Legion Main South Post 341. # 15a CC December 15, 2015


Councilor Rivera requested to be recused and left the chamber.
1. Attorney Todd Brodeur, representing the petitioner.
2. William Breault, Worcester resident
3. Robert Carrigan, Worcester resident

Accept the Report of the Planning Board and Approve on a roll call vote of 2 Yeas and 0 Nays


Miscellaneous Items


Communication of the City Manager recommend adoption of a resolution to designate 33 and 57 Southgate Street as a Certified Project and approve a Tax Increment Financing Plan for the property. # 9.4F CM December 15, 2015


1. Craig Thornton, representing Absolute Machinery
2. Ron Charette, Worcester resident
3. Jane Gasek, Worcester resident
4. William Breault, Worcester resident
5. Wesley Bradwell, Worcester resident

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


Chairman's Order from the Standing Committee on Economic Development - Request City Manager review the TIF policies established in other communities and recommend to the City Council for review, approval and implementation a policy for Worcester that includes timelines that applicants can rely on when proposing development. (see attachments) # 10a CC October 20, 2015


Recommend Hold


Order of Councilor George J. Russell - Request Standing Committee on Economic Development work with the City Manager's Economic Development staff to create a written process similar to those provided by the Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board that provides a sixty (60) to ninety (90) day maximum timetable for TIF and other similar development applications. This process should comply with the Economic Development Committee's regular scheduled meetings. # 11j CC June 16, 2015

In Committee October 13, 2015 - Held


Recommend Hold


Communication of the City Manager transmitting informational communication regarding the City's Tax Increment Financing Policy. # 13.4A CM January 12, 2016


1. Frank Kartheiser, Worcester resident
2. Brian Brousseau, Worcester resident
3. Leonard P Cooper, Worcester resident
4. Jo Hart, Worcester resident
5. Douglas Daigle, residence not known
6. Leo Miller, Worcester resident
7. Yvette Tolson, Worcester resident
8. Martha Assefa, Worcester resident
9. Eric Tyler, Worcester resident
10. Chris Horton, Worcester resident
11. Stephen Teasdale, Worcester resident
12. Julius Jones, Worcester resident
13. Moses Dickson, Worcester resident
14. Luz Vega, Worcester resident
15. Kevin Ksen, Worcester resident
16. Jack Donahue, Worcester resident

Recommend Hold


Order of Councilor Konstantina B. Lukes – Request City Manager amend the City’s Tax Increment Financing Policy to require compliance reports be provide to City Council as part of the quarterly Economic Development Initiative Report. # 25a CC January 12, 2016


Recommend Hold