CITY OF WORCESTER

Economic Development Committee Meeting

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Esther Howland (South) Chamber

Convened: 5:03 P.M.

Adjourned: 6:31 P.M.


Mayor
Joseph M. Petty

 

www.worcesterma.gov

 

Clerk of the City Council
Nikolin Vangjeli

Committee Members

Chairperson Candy Mero-Carlson
Vice Chairperson Jenny Pacillo
Councilor Kathleen M Toomey
 

City Hall - 455 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts


Present Were:Chairperson Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson Councilor Jenny Pacillo Councilor Kathleen M. Toomey
 
Also:Chief Development Officer Peter Dunn Assistant Chief Development Officer of Special Projects Paul Morano Deputy City Clerk I Stephen 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

Attachments
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 November 29, 2023.

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Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson read the item and moved for a roll call vote to adopt the item. Order adopted on a roll call vote of 3 Yeas and 0 Nays

3.

Communications of the City Manager

3a.

Transmitting Informational Communication Relative to the Housing Development Certified Project Application/Tax Increment Exemption Plan for One Chestnut Place at 22 Elm Street. # 9.4A CM February 6, 2024

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Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson read the item and recognized the following speakers:
1. Ryan Chamberlain, Newton resident, spoke in favor of the item
2. Robert Bilotta, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item
3. Tim Murray, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item
4. Craig Blais, Auburn resident, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized the Chief Development Officer, who provided an overview of the item.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson then discussed the importance of new housing development and increasing employment for residents of the city.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized the Chief Development Officer, who discussed TIF ordinance relative to the project and the process concerning rectifying non-compliance issues relative to TIF agreements.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized Councilor Pacillo, who spoke concerning the item.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized Councilor Toomey, who discussed the challenges relative to the project with the Chief Economic Development.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be approved.

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

3b.

Designation of an Urban Center Housing Tax Increment Financing (UCH-TIF) Program Zone and Approval of a UCH-TIF Plan for 16 and 52 Great Brook Valley Avenue. # 8.4A CM December 19, 2023

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Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson read the item and recognized the following speaker:
1. Michael Lozano, Newton resident, spoke in favor of the item
2. Tim Murray, Worcester resident, spoke in favor of the item
3. David Minassian, Worcester resident given, spoke in favor of the item

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized Chief Development Officer, who provided an overview of the item.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized Councilor Pacillo and Councilor Toomey, who spoke concerning the item.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson brought forth the following Chairmanís Order: Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning how the city can ensure Chapter 74-approved vocational technical education programs are best utilized in building projects throughout the city.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson recognized Councilor Toomey, who discussed the importance of the inclusion of Worcester Technical High School students in the apprentice ship program.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson moved for a roll call vote to accept the recommendation.

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

Chairman's Orders

Request City Manager provide City Council with a report concerning how the city can ensure Chapter 74-approved vocational technical education programs are best utilized in building projects throughout the city.

3c.

Informational Communication Relative to an Update on Economic Development Initiatives. # 11.4B CM September 12, 2023

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Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson read the item and recognized the Chief Development Officer, who provided an overview of the item.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be filed.

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

3d.

Transmitting informational communication relative to an update on housing and neighborhood development. # 11.4C CM September 12, 2023

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Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson read the item and recognized the Chief Development Officer, who provided an overview of the item.

Chairperson Councilor Mero-Carlson moved for a roll call vote to recommend the item be filed.

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