JUNE 24, 2002



Convened: 4:08 p.m.

Adjourned: 4:50 p.m.


Present were:††††††††††††††† Chairperson Councillor Paul P. Clancy, Jr.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Stephen T. Patton

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Councillor Philip P. Palmieri


Also:†††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† Commissioner of Public Works Robert L. Moylan

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† Chief Development Officer Philip J. Niddrie

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† Director of Traffic Engineering Joseph F. Borbone

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† Assistant Director of Traffic Eng. Ali R. Khorasani

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† City Clerk David J. Rushford, clerk




1.†††††† Communication of the City Manager relative to report on feasibility of South Portal Use in Washington Sq.

††††††††† #24E CM May 14, 2002

In Committee June 12, 2002 Ė Held

Recommend Hold



1.     Stephen Mita, 4 Quail Run, Holden

2.     Walter Henritze, 21 Havelock Road, Worcester

3.Michael Galvin, 42 Standish Street, Worcester

4.Barbara White, 38 Upland Gardens Drive, Worcester


2.     ††† Chairman's Order in Committee June 12, 2002.Referred to City

Council Meeting on June 25, 2002 for adoption; request the

Commissioner of the Department of Public Works provide a report to the

City Council that address the following ten concerns:


a.      If we are not successful in gaining control of the Franklin Street site mentioned as the preferred site for a parking garage, what is the next best plan,


b.     Add to the discussion the elimination of the north portal access,


c.     Is an extension of Harding Street to the rear of any proposed development on Worcester Center Boulevard at the corner of the south portal advantageous,


d.     How does a two-way Franklin Street impact favorably or unfavorably the Worcester Common Outlet property,


e.      Address the timeline and details of the two major items that move this project forward from the 25% design phase,


f.       Address the maximum number of decks recommended for a proposed parking garage along the south side of Shrewsbury Street across from Mulberry Street,


g.     Address the propriety of including a below-grade parking deck as well as the smallest sized recommended garage to support the intended usage under


h.     Explore the impact of folding the bus ports into the garage on the preferred Franklin Street site,


i.        Report on the feasibility of constructing a garage on the preferred Franklin Street site that includes decking over the traveled public way.


j.       Address the progress of friendly discussions between the City and owners of the parcel post building and the appropriateness of an eminent domain taking at that site.


Chairmanís Order Request the Administration provide the City Council with a report that addresses the feasibility of relocating the roundabout in a more westerly direction in order to accommodate a parking garage structure and better alignment and access to the front of Union Station. (To be taken under Suspension of Rules June 25, 2002)


Chairmanís Order request the Administration hold discussions with CIGNA in order to determine maximum usage of south portal interchange at Worcester Center Blvd. including the access of any entrances and egresses not currently used. (To be taken under Suspension of Rules June 25, 2002)


Chairmanís Order request the Administration report to the City Council on the impact of connecting Harding Street to the south portal. (To be taken under Suspension of Rules June 25, 2002)