January 31, 2008
Facility Tax-Pay Subsidy
ORH 700,000 (it is actually more then that)
Union Station 775,000 (not to mention the loans we are taking our for future tenenants)
Senior Center 915,000
Hope Cemetary 1,000,000
DCU Ctr 400,000
Green Hill 150,000
The low-cost vacation airline hauled in nearly $361 million in revenue for the year and made $44 million in profit, a margin of more than 12 percent. Allegiant stock rose 12 percent Wednesday, closing the day at $26.61 on the Nasdaq National Market. The stock, however, is still 18 percent lower than it was one year ago. Allegiant also announced a $25 million stock repurchase plan.
January 30, 2008
January 29, 2008
Here is where I need some help from CQX and others. Maybe the question should be if we should downgrade from a FAA Part 139 airport? MassPort or whoever takes over ORH could always bring it back, right??
Look forward to all your comments.
January 28, 2008
We all know the answer that now. Owners of these 100% non-doc mortgages walk away, property value plummet, banks go out of business, credit markets tighten, foreclosures skyrocket and property values drop. Many people may be quite surprised when they see their 401(K) statement and see that their value have in their "safe" mortgage and bond account. It does not end there, however.
During this latest real estate boom the City of Worcester has loaned out millions and millions in HUD HOME funds in the form of "soft" second mortgages to help many first-time home buyers, mostly through CDC's, around the City of Worcester to buy houses. Here is how it works. You buy a property for $200,000 and get a mortgage for almost the entire amount from the out-of-control mortgage industry.
In addition to the first mortgage, there is a 2nd and sometimes a 3rd mortgage from the City of Worcester, but the home-buyer does not have to make payments, thus the term "soft" second. Although the first-time home-owner only pays back the 1st mortgage of $200,000, they may actually owe $240,000 or $250,000 if you add in the 2nd and 3rd mortgage. The deal is that the 1st time home-owner, who is low-mod income, does not have to pay back the "soft" mortgages if they hold the house during the "affordability" period or sell it to another low-mod income home-owner. Typically this "affordability" period is 15 years, although I have seen shorter and longer.
There are some very "hard" terms, however, to this "soft" mortgage. First the developer of the underlying property receives cold hard cash. Second, the "soft" mortgage needs to be paid back if onwnership is changed to someone, who is not low-mod income. Who needs to pay it back?
Answer: the PJ, which means presiding jurisdiction, the the City of Worcester!! In the above example if the underlying property was became owned by someone who is not low-mod, the City of Worcester would have to pay back $40,000 or $50,000.
Bottom line is that many of these "soft" seconds could come back as a liability to the City of Worcester. Please note again this is not a small number!!! Bottom line is that the City of Worcester has a vested interest to help home-owners, with "soft" seconds in foreclosure, since the possibility of a non low-mod income person or entity taking ownership could cost the city much much more.
"The City of Worcester should find a balance in its affordable housing needs that benefits all of its residents. "
"The City's policy of using the many community developmemt corporations (CDCs) to develop low-income housing should be reconsidered. While their renovation work has helped stabilize neighborhoods, especially at a time when the redevelopment was needed, their subsidized redevelopment has alientated some local business/developers....... Another alternative to renovating triple deckers would be to thing out selectively some of these buildings and make sites ready for new single family homes in a townhouse style, and market the sites to a private developer for construction. The CDC's in the future should be considered more of a developer of last choice..."
The Worcester airport has not only been grounded for a while but has also been a big drain on the city’s finances. The airport’s total budget is $3.8 million, of which approximately $1.3 million represents current salaries. So, OK, a chief accountant for the airport who makes more than $60,000 a year might be a necessary position, although given the scaled-down activities of that operation, you would think that those duties could temporarily be transferred to the able people working in the city Finance Department.
The airport maintenance supervisor of operations, who makes over 56 grand a year, and three airport maintenance people, who make a combined $112,000 a year, are maybe necessary to keep things in relatively good shape until we are able to sell the airport. But what exactly are we getting in return for paying $85,000 a year for an airport liaison?
And while I am thankful that the city decided not to fund the positions of three airport parking lot attendants this year, is there really a need for five security guards and crash crewmen, making a combined $231,709 a year and being supervised by a principal security guard and crash crewman making $63,099 a year?
January 27, 2008
Thanks Jahn!! I actually "Insight", what happened to that section--is it gone??
Read the Nemeth story. What a nothing story. Again one would think a logical question for the Lt Governor would be question on rail service and the airport, but nothing!!
So do I have this right--is the Insight Section of the Sunday paper history?
January 25, 2008
January 24, 2008
Instead we got two "feel good"stories, the first about a charter company out of ORH, SkyLine Flights, that you can not find on the official web page. The second story pictured a large charter plane flying to Atlantic City, as if that happens everyday? Only to finish with the impression that we have 59,000 landings and take-offs per year at ORH.
Don't get me wrong, they were good stories, but why were they done now?? Wouldn't a better story have been about what happened to the G-13 jet that was suppose to be coming to ORH, will Winward Aviation buy the parcel of land that they won through the second RFP process last year that is under an extension or better yet, what has IMG been up to with $100,000 of our Small Community Air Service grant trying to recruit and retain commercial service?
Again I liked the stories not the timing. It would be like doing a story on the leader of the band on the Titanic as it was sinking, versus writing about the Titanic sinking?
This past week-end I stayed at the Copley Marriott. I gave my car keys to the valet, when arrived on Saturday. On Monday my car back was returned when I gave my ticket to the valet.
It is great there. The mall is right off the second floor so you never even have to go outside. There is even a Skybridge that connects you to the Prudential, more stores, food court, SkyWalk at the top of the Prudential and the Prudential T Stop. All the time again you never have to go outside.
Every time I was on the Skybridge, it was packed. This got me to thinking, who would have been on our Skybridge that connected a parking garage and a hotel??? It would have been empty 99% of the time.
My point is that you can have valet parking between the hotel and the garage, there is no need of a Skybridge here. The intent, highest and best use of a Skybridge is to connect retail buildings, not parking garages.
January 23, 2008
Does anyone know how many of the 59,260 take-offs and landings are attributable to the flight schools? If you watch the flightaware activity at ORH, no way is there 59,260 take-offs and landings.
January 21, 2008
Berkeley Continues Search For Urban Village People
Lack Of Office Interest in Worcester's CitySquare Prompts Developer to Cut Project in Half
More then a year after a developer promised to transform the failed Worcester Common Outlets into an urban village, the project has yet to attract a single commercial tenant.
The Cornerstone of the city's latest effort to rejuvenate the downtown is CitySquare, a $504 million redevelopment of the former mall. Berkeley Investments has held out the hope of replacing the shuttered shopping center with a mix of medical and professional office space, condominiums, restaurants, retailers and theatres within steps of the MBTA's commuter rail.
But a lack of interest in offices at the proposed transit-oriented location has forced the Boston based developer to cut the project's initial Class A space component in half.
Worcester Mayor Konstantina Lukes, who has expressed skepticism over the project, said she is unhappy with the latest setback.
"Taxpayers are really frustrated. " she noted. "Many of us thought it would have moved forward by now, but the fact that the mall is still standing is a symbol that the project is stalled."
In October , 2006 Michael O'Brien, Worcester's City Manager, and Young Park, Berkeley's president, signed a 392 page agreement that touted $470 million in private investment and $94 million in public financing. At the time, they said the was a "significant milestone," and the "City Square and Worcester are poised for success."
Under the proposal, the empty mall and a portion of the parking garage would be razed. In its place would stand a medical office building, multifamily apartments, loft-style condominiums, senior housing, and retail spaces to accommodate restaurants, outdoor cafes, a multiplex movie theatre and a health club.
In addition, new roads would reconnect the downtown with Washington Square, Union Station, and Front and Shrewsbury streets. A 1,025 space underground parking garage also is planned.
But the three phase development, which is expected to take 8 years to complete, remains on the drawing board. O'Brien and Park did not return calls seeking comment.
Barbara Smith-Bacon, a Berkeley Vice-president, said construction was to begin once tenants were found for the 500,000 square feet of office space. The project was hindered, however, when St Vincent Hospital determined it no longer needed a new 275,000 square foot medical office building at CitySquare.
"If you want to put a negative spin on it, you can" Smith-Bacon said. "But we're facing economic realities and working with the city so that we can put tenants into the project in smaller bits. In this way, the city gets the same security of making sure they don't have to put money into the deal until tenants are lined up."
Smith-Bacon noted that it is not unusual for large development projects to take years to launch. Columbus Center, the $800 million air-rights project to be built over the Mass Pike between Boston's Back Bay and South End neighborhoods has yet to break ground, despite approved in 2004.
Smith-Bacon said factors that may have contributed to the CitySquare delays include cost of the real estate construction, where prices have increased 25% in the past three years, and a double digit vacancy rate in Worcester. As a result, she said, they will try to start a 250,000 square foot building.
"We are feeling very good about getting this started," she added. "But I cannot say it will start in six months because there's lots of work to do. We are having discussions with 10 to 20 potential tenants. The point is everyone at all levels are working extremely hard together to get the project launched.'
CitySquare has been touted as the largest public-private partnership outside of Boston in the Bay State's history. The project, which would be on 20 acres in the heart of Worcester, would total more then 2 million square feet of mixed-use development and reunite downtown streets that were taken during an urban renewal effort in the 1970's.
Philip Desimone, a managing director for the global real estate services and money management firm Jones Lang LaSalle,and a leasing agent for the project, refused to concede that CitySquare is in jeopardy.
"There are fewer challenges with this site then there are with others because it's permitted, ready to go and has broad support," he said. "If there is a challenge, it's finding someone who wants to locate in downtown Worcester and make it a signature spot for them".
For Desimone, the project is personal because his grandfather owned a haberdashery in the downtown and his father still practices law on Main Street. He disputed suggestions that time could run out and the developer might withdraw."
"Why does there have to be a deadline?" he asked. "What else are you going to do there? This is pivotal project to transform the downtown. A few years ago I visited New York's Times Square and noticed all the corporate headquarters there. That place use to be a dump. Now it's alive and vibrant. Maybe if CitySquare gets built, suddenly college kids will go there and it becomes the place to be."
Momentum for a fresh start for the downtown took shape in 2001 after Timothy Murray was elected Mayor. By 2004, longtime City Manager Thomas Hoover resigned and O'Brien, the city's former Parks and Recreation department commissioner, was tapped as the new manager. O'Brien had developed a reputation for strong leadership during his time at City Hall, city councilors said.
That summer, Murray called on the Worcester Common Outlets' owner to explore alternative uses for the site and threatened to take the property by eminent domain if a reuse plan was not devised. Berkeley stepped in and purchased the failed retail center and two corporate office towers for $30 million form Harford based Cigna Corp.
Since then, Murray has been elected lieutenant governor. In an interview with Banker and Tradesman, he said razing the mall and a portion of the parking lot is pivotal.
"It's not real until the first wrecking ball hits," said Murray.
January 18, 2008
On a serious note 28.1 million passengers out of Logan!!!! That is incredible!! What message does it send to potential businesses that may want to relocate to Worcester when one hour away we can not get 1 commercial passenger in 2007?
ORH was only 28.1 million passengers behind Logan
PCE358 (all flights) Piedmont Aviation Services, Inc. D/B/A Pace Airlines "Pace"
Boeing 737-200 (twin-jet) (B73Q/L)
Worcester Rgnl (KORH)
Other flights between these airports
Friday, Jan 18, 2008
Arrived over 2 hours ago (track log)
January 17, 2008
One could only imagine that this was done to help keep Allegiant here? Maybe we should have showered the remaining monies from the Small Community Air Service instead, of which we still have $200,000 remaining and could potentially lose if we do use during the one year extension that the DOT has already given us.
Now some 16 months later, it looks like it has not been waived, according to the December, 2007 minutes? Why has it taken 16 months to change this, or am I wrong? Maybe we have a pattern:
- G-13 that was coming but never happened
- the name change, which we all talked about way too much, never happened
- DJ Air --what happened?
- the RFP for a parcel of land that had a winner but has not bought yet and looks like may never happen
- the RFP for the restaurant slot that never happened
- the modern ORH website that has never happened
- the 20 Year Master Plan that has never happened
- the consultant, IMG, that we have paid alot of money to and have no idea what has happened
Maybe we have a hattern here.
- Marketing--no report
- Master Plan--FAA reviewing
- Looks like Winward will not lease the one parcel that went out to RFP twice last year
- GOOD NEWS-Norwood Flight Center has come to ORH
- Rumors about the bad conditions at the Amity building look to be true
- Gas is still be taxed at ORH by the City, thought this was revoked last August?
- Airport name has not been changed
- MassPort 68% subsidy of operating deficit has been extended through December 31, 2008
- Worcester State has stopped leasiing the parking lot
- O'Coins, who are out of business, want to keep leasing the building on Goddard. They must have a great deal on the lease and will turn around and sub-let it pocketing the difference?
Before we invest 2.3 million can someone do something about the concrete block that was set on sidewalk outside of my office on Pleasant Street that was suppose to have a sign posted about 6-7 years ago to help people find their "way" around the City of Worcester. The sign was never set.
January 16, 2008
- Has been great for ORH, subsidizing our operatings deficit not debt service
- Buying us time to get our act together, but we have not
- I do not blame MassPort either for not turning ORH around, since they would never realize any true return under any of these agreements. The only way that they could realize any return was if they outright owned or had a long-term lease (99 years) at ORH. it was up to us to make ORH into what Rockford is today.
At the latest, we should have been out of the airport business at the end of the 2nd operating agreement, July 1st, 2007. Not only should we be talking to MassPort, but companies like National Express, that is not tax-exempt and would pay property taxes? If you were selling your house would you only talk to your next door neighbor?
Why are we only considering MassPort as a potential buyer or leassee? AIRPORT FOR SALE!!
Kenny Tours is looking to launch the Shamrock Express in Lansing and five other smaller airports this year, including those in Mascoutah and Rockford, Ill.; Columbus, Ohio; Harrisburg, Pa.; and Buffalo, N.Y. Travelers may buy a packaged Kenny Tours vacation or fly only as ticketed passengers. Roundtrip tickets are expected to start at $799.
Imagine if we just had something like this and Myrtle Beach Direct at ORH?
January 15, 2008
The key element being MassPort will continue paying 68% of the Operating Deficit, but none of the Debt Service. That leaves 32% of the Operatings Deficit and 100% of the Debt Service for the tax-payers of Worcester. Looking at page 120 of the City Auditor's 2007 fiscal, it appears to me that last year the total deficit was 1,520,762, of which 664,018 was Debt Service and thus the Operating Deficit would be 856,774. The tax-payers of Worcester in turn pay 32% of Operating Deficit or 274,158 and 100% of the Debt Service or 664,018 for a total of $938,176. In other words it costs the tax-payers of Worcester $78,181 per month to keep ORH open.
This is even more bad news, an airport in limbo, for ORH. Do you all remember the lone bidder of the land parcel that, although they won the bid, they have not bought the land? I believe their deadline to pay up was March of this year. Not knowing what the future holds, I would imagine makes their decision more difficult and they will most likely pass on the bid.
I only hope that we actively solicit potential buyers like National Express, etc to come buy our airport and not only deal with MassPort. As someone, who believes in ORH, the tax-payers of Worcester can not afford to keep paying for "untapped potential" and we have to market this airport to every Airport Authority, Airline, Casino, Craigs List, Wall Street Journal that we have an AIRPORT FOR SALE.
This is very bad news for ORH.
1) Parker Companies
4) Tatnuck Boookseller
5) Morgan Construction (sold)
7) TiNova (I have a gift certificate)
8) Allegiant Air
9) Salter School
10) Barbers Crossing
11) EB Luce
12) DeScenza Jeweler
13) Bancroft Tire and Car Sales
14) Applebee's downtown
15) Mayfield Plastics to Millbury
16) Palsons Office
17) Union Station Restaurant
18) Blues Club at Union Station
19) Vincent Jewelers
20) Bob's at Webster Square
22) Parker & Harper on Dewey Street
23) Manoog Plumbing
24) Fidelity on Belmont
25) Sheraton Lincoln on Lincoln
26) L Hardy
27) Shaws on Grafton Street
28) Java Hut
29) Marshall's Greendale Mall
January 13, 2008
Myrtle Beach Direct Air, an air service based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has announced new non-stop jet service between Plattsburgh International Airport and Myrtle Beach every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday beginning March 15, 2008. Passengers may also continue on to St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida two days a week with a brief stop in Myrtle Beach.
January 11, 2008
I will stick my neck out here
We absolutely, will not see any new construction in 2008
CS has a "progress payment" due June, 2008 of $750K. I predict this will be modified, moved to a future date, and /or reduced. The city has no choice, as CS holds all the cards. He who owns the gold makes the rules. Ask your self what are the realistic options for the city if things do not fall into place soon? CS is on the hook now for $250K. They can easily walk away from this and pay any other penalties and be unscathed .
So they probably get off the hook temporarily for the June payment of $750K and in exchange agree to commence razing the parking garage. Anyone see any parking garages listed on Ebay or any Craigs List curb alerts for a free parking garage in Worceser?
2. FINANCIAL PICTURE ?
The city is having major problems meeting its daily operational costs. Witness this years budget debacle that wasnt settled until October. I will go out on a limb here and say that the 2009 budget is going to be even worse. Mr OBrien will be unable to concentrate on other issues because he'll be too overwhelmed by the budget. The state has a $1B deficit for the current year we're in now, so how much help can we expect from Beacon Hill for 2009. I am not an advocate for help from Beacon Hill. The city should pay its own freight
Should we even be taking state and federal money? We're too quick to grab the upfront cash and not look at the consequences five or ten years down the road.
We are a $500M dollar business but we do not operate in a business like fashion. The examples are too munerous to mention and I'd just be mostly repeating myself. But regardless, here's one I saw I the other day. Traffic "Control" Cameras. Rather then buy the cameras, pay to have them installed, and realize 100% of the traffic fine proceeds...we instead tout this idea as costing us nothing to implement (per T&G, per Mr Petty) and we give a portion of the fines collected to the owners (?)/installers of these devices. This is crazy, but it's done because we dont have the money to pay to install the units so instead we pay for the so called free installation by granting the installers/( owners?) an annuity for how long?? This is analgous to me paying for a photocopier by allowing Canon to charge me on a per copy basis, rather than just buying the thing upfront and paying for it myself.
Also, keep in mind the City is BANKRUPT. We have a pension obligation to current and future retirees of $120M. That's $120M that we would have to come with Today to place into the pension fund and earn investment returns to pay future obligations. Don't even ask what the future obligation is to fund health care for these same retirees or to fund the sick days that employeees have accumaluted during their tenure with the city.
One might ask, "Well gee I just read in the paper that our debt ratings are good/improving" Well the way we accomplish that is the pension "company" is kept on another set of books called something like the Worcester Retirement System. In other words the obligation has been moved off the city books. Out of sight and out of mind.
3 BIGGEST CITY MISTAKE?
The council and to a lesser extent the school committee, because they are a political body, have allowed the city to be hi-jacked by city employees and labor interests and this is going eventually push us over the edge. There are 5300 city employees. They dont all live in the city, but you have to realize that in their totality (especially when you consider these employees and their immediate families), they represent a huge voting block and people vote their pocketbooks and their spouses pocketbook first and foremost.
We are not getting efficient use of our tax dollars when trash collectors are working 4 to 4.5 hour work days, when the average city employee takes 10 sick days per year, and when no one knows what it is costing us to provide city services.
We should be able to tell with just a few keystrokes what it costs us annually, monthly, daily and hourly to provide custodial serices for the library, to collect trash, to operate the vice squad,etc,etc.
We should be looking into privatization of city services but it will never happen because too many politicians would be run out of office by the city labor voting block. The Worcester Municipal Reasearch Bureau continually makes recommendations to the council and school committte and they are ignored. One that comes to mind is to privatize school custodial services. Mr Caradonio says this would upset the family of school department employees. Mindsets like this is what will eventually result in receivership.
4. IF I COULD CHANGE ONE THING IN WORCESTER ( I am going to name two) ?
a. Put as many city services out to bid as possible.
I would hire an outside agency to come in and INDEPENDENTLY FINANCIL EXPERTS assess EXACTLY what it costs to provide all city services and then put out to bid as many of these services as possible. The bids would be awarded and initially monitiored by ANOTHER INDEPENDENT AGENT. None of this baloney of having department heads low ball their costs so they can maintain their power and turf. Obviously not all services lend themselves to privatization.
b. Term limit councillors to either two or four years ( one to two terms). This will prevent them from doing things that help them get re-elected as opposed to doing what right for taxpayers.
5. STRONG MAYOR ?
I am ABSOLUTELY DEAD SET against a strong mayor. Changing the political organizational structure does nothing to address our underlying municipal problems which are operational and financial in nature. Many will point to Boston and Providence as examples of a successful strong mayor, but these comparisons are flawed because these are capitol cities, seaports, and are served by MAJOR, MULTIPLE TWO DIGIT interstate road systems. Worcester is only directly served by one 3 digit connector interstate. Road growth equals economic growth. Then there is also Springfield (in receivership) which no one seems to be using as an example of a viable mayoralty
Strong mayoral cities also seem to attract what i call lunch bucket, democratic mayoral types. Witness Menino and Cianci. I really dont know much about Marino in Springfield. This notion that strong mayors are somehow responsible for the economic viablity of their city is ludicrious. Mayors do not make citieswhat they are . No one person is that powerful. Private industry and private money drives economic success. Just because Providence Place happened on Ciancis watch or because Bostons skyline improves and grows on Meninos watch does not mean that they as strong mayors had anything to do with it. They just got lucky and happened to have things occur on their watch.
All municipalities have some corrpution. It's probably inevitable. Strong mayors seem to breed more corrpution and more nepotism. Not that it doesnt happen here in Worcester to some extent, but strong Mayors who are popularly elected tend to put their unqualified or less qulaified cronnies into municipal management positions.
January 10, 2008
- ORH had zero passengers
- most recent airport board minutes on-line are from October 15, 2006
- where is the 20 Year Master Plan
- how is IMG doing
- will Winward buy the parcel of land that they won from the land RFP
- where is the G-13
- what is IMG doing to recruit and retain an airline
- where do we stand with MassPort
January 09, 2008
Please read. How many times and how long have we mentioned this?? We need to get the Worcester delegation behind this. Not only will this benefit ORH, but it will great improve the East-West flow of traffic across the City of Worcester. Many people West of Worcester will opt for this connection to the Mass Pike versus fighting their way across Worcester.
Can anyone fill me in on what happened? Did the plane come? Is it coming or not?
January 08, 2008
January 07, 2008
Actually I just found a website that explains the program and it is called the "Worcester Way". Read some of it and I am completely baffled
This is hilarious, check out the presentation on-line. Can anyone explain to me the Main South logo??
January 06, 2008
- WRA and the old church on Summer Street
- City Square editorial
- South Worcester Industrial Park editorial
Couple all of these stories with the 1.25 million which includes a $700,000 loan that City needs to invest in Union Station, the Hanover Theatre and the myriad of stories about the various CDC's in the City of Worcester that we read each month. What do all of these development stories have in common? The involvement of the City of Worcester.
I am not saying any of these projects in and of themselves are bad, but what the City of Worcester is missing right now is true private dollars being invested in the City of Worcester, other then the hospitals or colleges. How can we spur private development? Versus hiring a consultant we should merely copy what other cities have done to spur private development; for example, Philadelphia.
A friend of mine from college lives there and has told me about how everyone was moving out of Philadelphia. About ten years ago the City of Philadelphia targeted an area for residential development by locking in the assessed value for ten years for anyone who developed residential property. It has been a huge success, check out this New York Times story.
In the City of Worcester we should target areas and buildings, specifically abandoned buildings which pose numerous hazards and offer, for commercial development by offering:
- 10 year freeze on assessed values
- waiving of all permitting fees including water and sewer connections
In essence this is exactly what we did for the Hanover Theatre.
January 04, 2008
Rockford even has financial results and budgets on-line.
January 03, 2008
I hope that I am wrong and that they are "closed for renovations", but if they are in fact closed I wish them luck in the future at whatever they do. The owner and his daughter were always very nice and gave great service.
More importantly Niagara has committed to 26.7 million terminal renovation, thanks to the Seneca Niagara Casino. Wonder what Harry will have to say about this?
January 02, 2008
January 01, 2008
- Parker Companies
- Tatnuck Boookseller
- Morgan Construction (sold)
- TiNova (I have a gift certificate)
- Allegiant Air
- Salter School
- Barbers Crossing
- EB Luce
- DeScenza Jeweler
- Bancroft Tire and Car Sales
- Applebee's downtown
- Mayfield Plastics to Millbury
- Palsons Office
- Union Station Restaurant
- Blues Club at Union Station
- Vincent Jewelers
- Bob's at Webster Square
- Parker & Harper on Dewey Street
- Manoog Plumbing
- Fidelity on Belmont
- Sheraton Lincoln on Lincoln
- L Hardy
- Shaws on Grafton Street
- Java Hut
- FDR Museaum
- Plumbers Museum
- Luciano's (restaurant downtown)
- Kay Bee Toys (Grafton Street)
Any others that I may have missed?