CITY OF WORCESTER

Economic Development Committee Meeting

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 5:04 P.M.

Adjourned: 6:23 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

 

Clerk of the City Council
Nikolin Vangjeli

Committee Members

Chairperson Sean M Rose
Vice Chairperson Khrystian E King
Councilor Sarai Rivera
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Sean M Rose Councilor Khrystian E King Councilor Sarai Rivera
 
Also:Chief Development Officer Peter Dunn Assistant Chief Development Office Michelle Smith Deputy City Clerk AJ 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 attend the meeting in-person within the meeting location, follow the below link to join via Zoom or dial the direct line as indicated.

Economic Development Committee Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/91026766826
Economic Development Committee Zoom Phone Number: (929) 205 6099
Economic Development Committee Zoom Access Code: 910 2676 6826

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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 October 20, 2022.

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Chairperson Councilor Rose read the item and moved to adopt the item. Order adopted

3.

Zone Change Hearing Items

3a.

Report of the Planning Board Upon the Petition of Donald J. O'Neil, on behalf of Polar Views, LLC., request the Zoning Map be amended to include the parcel of land situated at 39 Lamartine St. within the Commercial Corridor Overlay - Canal District Parking Subarea (CCOD-C). # 12a CC October 12, 2022

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Chairperson Councilor Rose read the item and recognized the following speaker:
1. Sue Philip, Worcester resident, spoke concerning the item

Chairperson Councilor Rose recognized Councilor Rivera, who discussed the lack of community discussion concerning the item and the needs for surrounding community input on the item.

Chairperson Councilor Rose recognized Councilor King, who discussed whether the Planning Board vote for the item was unanimous, the internal planning and structuring concerning Councilís request for design review with the Assistant Chief Development Officer and the Chief Development Officer.

Chairperson Councilor Rose moved to recommend the item be held.

Recommend Hold

3b.

Report of the Planning Board Upon the Petition of Brian Falk, on behalf of Clifford & Rano Realty Trust, Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. and Mark and Sandra Cutler request the Zoning Map be amended by extending the RG-5 zoning district to fully encompass the following properties: 57 Cedar St., 55 Cedar St., 29 Sever St., 27 Sever St., 25 Sever St., 91 Elm St., 93 Elm St., 95 Elm St., 97 Elm St., 101-103 Merrick St., and 105 Merrick St. # 17b CC September 20, 2022

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Chairperson Councilor Rose read the item and recognized the following speaker:
1. Brian Falk, no resident given, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Rose recognized the Assistant Chief Development Officer, who discussed the vote of the Planning Board for the item.

Chairperson Councilor Rose recognized Councilor Rivera, who discussed plans and processes concerning building residential communities and apartments in the future with Speaker #1 and the Assistant Chief Development Officer.

Chairperson Councilor Rose recognized Councilor King, who discussed with the zoning consideration process by the Historical Commission and the possibility of increasing multifamily dwelling capacity with the Assistant Chief Development Officer and the Chief Development Officer.

Chairperson Councilor Rose moved to recommend the item be approved.

Recommend Approval

3c.

Report of the Planning Board Upon the Petition of Richard Smalley request the Zoning Map be amended by changing the zoning designation of the property located at 267 Providence St. from RL-7 to BG-2. # 17d CC September 20, 2022

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Chairperson Councilor Rose read the item and recognized the following speaker:
1. Richard Smalley, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item
2. Jim Kreidler, No resident given, spoke in favor of the item
3. Jay Garcia, Worcester resident, spoke concerning the item

Chairperson Councilor Rose recognized the Assistant Chief Development Officer, who discussed the proposed changes relative to the item.

Chairperson Councilor Rose moved to recommend the item be approved.

Recommend Approval

3d.

Report of the Planning Board Upon the Petition of Mark Borenstein, on behalf of Kensington Management LLC., request the Zoning Map be amended by changing the zoning designation of the property located at and known as 48 Mason St. from the current zoning designation of Business, General (BG-3.0) to Business, General (BG-3.0) and Commercial Corridors Overlay District - Elsewhere (CCOD-E) by establishing the CCOD-E as shown on the plan attached. # 17c CC September 20, 2022

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Chairperson Councilor Rose read the item and recognized the following speaker:
1. Mark Borenstein, No resident given, spoke in favor of the item
2. Claire Schaeffer-Duffy, Worcester resident, spoke concerning the item

Chairperson Councilor Rose recognized Councilor King, who spoke concerning the item.

Chairperson Councilor Rose recognized Councilor Rivera, who discussed the designs for the apartment units with Speaker #1.

Chairperson Councilor Rose moved to recommend the item be approved.

Recommend Approval

3e.

Report of the Planning Board Upon the Petition of Stephen Madaus, on behalf of 318 Park LLC, request Article IX, Section 5 of the Worcester Zoning Ordinance be amended to allow for construction of new mixed-use and multi-family buildings in the Commercial Corridors Overlay District (CCOD) as described in the attached petition. # 17a CC September 20, 2022

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Chairperson Councilor Rose read the item and recognized the following speaker:
1. Stephen Madaus, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Rose recognized the Assistant Chief Development Officer, who discussed details of the plans relative to the item with Councilor King.

Chairperson Councilor Rose recognized Councilor Rivera, who spoke concerning the item.

Chairperson Councilor Rose moved to recommend the item be approved.

Recommend Approval

3f.

Report of the Planning Board Upon the Amended Petition of Steven Rothschild, Trustee of More Bricks Realty Trust et al. request the Zoning Map be amended by extending the BG-6.0 (Business, General) zoning district and Commercial Corridors Overlay District (CCOD-D) to encompass the properties located at 24, 36 and 40 Jackson St., and 21 Lagrange St. Further, request the BG-3.0 (Business, General) zoning district and Commercial Corridors Overlay District (CCOD-E) be extended to wholly encompass the properties located at 767 Main St. Further, request the RG-5 (Residence, General) zoning district be extended to wholly encompass the properties located at 5, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 22 & 24-26 Lagrange St. and 93 (aka 95) Beacon St. (Petition wording corrected following the October 20, 2022 Economic Development Committee meeting to properly reflect amendment made during its Planning Board hearing). # 17b Tuesday, July 19, 2022

In Committee October 20, 2022 - Held

Attachments

Chairperson Councilor Rose read the item and recognized the following speaker:
1. Mark Borenstein, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item
2. Frank Zitomerski, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Rose recognized the Assistant Chief Development Officer, who discussed details of the plans relative to the item.

Chairperson Councilor Rose moved to recommend the item be approved.

Recommend Approval