Economic Development Committee Meeting

Monday, February 10, 2020

Crompton Collective, 138 Green Street

Convened: 5:32 P.M.

Adjourned: 6:15 P.M.

Joseph M. Petty


Clerk of the City Council
Susan M. Ledoux

Committee Members

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

138 Green Street, Worcester, MA 01604

Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson Councilor Sean M. Rose Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey - Appointed by Mayor Petty to the Economic Development Committee temporarily
Also:Mayor Joseph M. Petty City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. Chief Financial Officer Thomas Zidelis Chief Development Officer Michael Traynor Assistant City Clerk Stephen A.J. Pottle, clerk Pawtucket Red Sox President Dr. Charles Steinberg Executive Vice President of Business and Real Estate Development Dan Rea Director of Ballpark and Planning Bart Harvey Executive Vice Present of General Counsel Committee Kim Minor Attorney Mark Donahue

Communication of the City Manager


Transmitting Ballpark Financing Update. # 9a CC January 14, 2020


Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson made an opening statement and reviewed agenda.

Chairperson Mero-Carlson recognized the City Manager, who spoke concerning item. The City Manager reviewed the revised ballpark plan and spoke of the tangible benefits this plan offers the city.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized the President of the Pawtucket Red Sox, who shared images of the new ballpark. He also explained the design ideas for the park were developed by the Worcester community, and discussed that they fit the park to the city flow.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized the Attorney that represents Madison Properties. He explained the partnership between Madison Properties, the ballpark, City and the State. He also discussed the properties that will surround the park, and the designs of those properties.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized the following speakers:

1. Tim Garvin, President and CEO of United Way spoke in favor of the item and shared his support.
2. Jacob Vasquez, Economic Development Associate for Worcester Chamber of Commerce spoke in favor of the item. He asked the committee to support the City Manager and his administration.
3. John Weaver, CEO of Biomedical Initiatives and Sturbridge resident support of life science buildings in project. He spoke of how the city has had a resurgence in the life sciences and the field is in need of more building space within the city.
4. Jeff Mererny, part of the Canal District Alliance union music owner spoke in favor of item. He also shared that he is developing the second floor of his business due to interest in leasing space in the canal district has increased since talks of the ballpark.
5. Craig Blais, President and CEO of Worcester Business Development Corporation and Sutton resident spoke in favor of item. He mentioned that the new business proposal plans mention their interest due to the Red Sox moving to the city.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized Councilor Toomey, who expressed her gratitude and spoke of the energy in the city involving the new developments.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized Councilor Rose, who spoke and thanked everyone for their efforts on this project.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson spoke regarding Worcester’s transformation and the pride from the community.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson moved for a roll call vote to recommend approval of the Baseball Stadium Redevelopment Project. Motion approved on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays.

Recommend approval of the Baseball Stadium Redevelopment Project Loan Order, adoption of the four (4) Resolutions pertaining to the approving certified project application of Madison Downtown Holdings, LLC and adoption of the three (3) Orders regarding Amendment #1 to DIF District Boundary Approvals on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays