May 31, 2009
Today he wrote about the WBDC, which I do not know much about other then there recent low income housing developnment at the former trade high school location by Winn Development. What concerns me, however, "downtown is the next frontier".
Considering their involvment with Winn, does this mean we can expect low income housing projects downtown? Just what we need another player in the Worcester's number 1 growth industry.
May 30, 2009
And then this newspaper article in the Toledo Blade that talks about both JetAmerica and Direct Air, who is now cancelling Myrtle Beach flights out of Toledo.
May 28, 2009
Does anyone know if this a for profit or non profit. In other words will they be payiing property taxes. In case you have not seen it, amazing.
May 27, 2009
While the city is not opening any of its nine municipal pools because of budget constraints, it will be opening its four beaches: Bell Pond, Shore Park, Indian Lake and Coes Pond. The state, meanwhile, will be opening and staffing its beaches at Quinsigamond State Park and at Regatta Point. It also will be opening its pools at Vernon Hill Park and Bennett Field.
Call me crazy, but maybe we should simply focusing transporting people to the pools and beaches that are open versus trying to open any of the municipal pools?
I have always been a huge supporter of Worcester airport, and my most recent experience reinforced why I have remained supportive. If service continues to be implemented successfully in Worcester, it will allow the airport to increase its potential of returning as a preferred choice for people planning to travel in the region.
This may be the airport’s final chance at becoming a major player in New England. I believe that with careful selection of airlines and destinations, and with the support of the greater Worcester area, specifically those involved in making the long-term decisions for the airport, it can happen.
If Worcester is a city looking for a revival and distinction in the region, it must have a viable commercial airport.
May 25, 2009
This past week the sidewalks were repaired in front of this building. Trying to find out who paid for them?
May 24, 2009
Based on the e-mails that I have been getting and what I see, I just don't see Direct Air flying in the dog days of summer to Florida and Myrtle Beach. I expect an announcement, like they did in Toledo, that they will discontinue flights, but lets hope they resume their flights in the fall.
In the end, if I am right some might say my "negative" post did not help sell tickets. Although there might be some validity to that comment, I can not help post what I think is to be the truth. Sorry.
May 21, 2009
May 20, 2009
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May 17, 2009
The most important buzz word here is "housing subsidies" which means low to mod income housing. The thing misssing, however, is what percentage of the apartments will need to be "low to mod" income housing?
May 16, 2009
May 14, 2009
From the LA Times
May 13, 2009
Besides Paulie's Jazz Festival on July 11th, where all profits go to the National Autism Association, I have learned the African Festival has moved from Canterbury Street to Chandler and Park Ave on August 1st.
Picture of Chandler NRSA facade project at 216 Chandler Street, Suney's.
May 12, 2009
May 11, 2009
May 12, 2009 - TUESDAY
40 MASON STREET - WORCESTER, MA 01609
Progress Continues in
NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION STRATEGY AREA
Local Businesses, Area Community Groups and resident stakeholders are convening on Tuesday, May 12th at 9:00 A.M. in front of a recent residential renovation at 40 Mason Street to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of the Chandler Street Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA) program, funded through the City of
In 2006, the City designated five (5) neighborhood areas for funding under the NRSA program, a HUD-designated area where housing, economic, and human service strategies are implemented to promote sustainable, long-term neighborhood improvements. The program has been fully underway over the last 2 years and has been very successful in meeting the identified needs of area residents. The various programs underway in each of the 5 areas are diverse, and include Economic Development, Housing, Beautification, and resident services including youth and other quality of Life programming. The Chandler Street program is one of the most productive to date in the implementation of the NRSA strategies, including organizational development, Storefront and associated Streetscape installations such as planters and trash receptacles, Housing rehabilitation, business promotion as well as small business development, workforce training and development, and vacant lot cleanups in the target area.
“The success and accomplishments of the Chandler NRSA to date is a direct result of the commitments and leadership of all stakeholders in the project area, including residents, businesses and community organizations”, said incoming President Bill Randall. “The Chandler Business Association and Worcester Common Ground have taken the lead in developing and implementing the area improvements, and the City through the leadership of City Manager O’Brien and our Worcester City Council has been instrumental in financing these activities. We look forward to building upon the positive momentum that has been established.” The City has authorized $326,000 for revitalization activities since the implementation of the
Accomplishments include the successful completion six (6) storefronts, the rehabilitation of six (6) residential properties, installation of planters, trash receptacles, and other beautification activities in the project area, vacant lot clean ups, “Around the Corner” youth employment in coordination with area businesses, and the creation of a business development program and employment skills training program which will be implemented in the coming year. There are a significant number of new projects which are currently under consideration, and the partners look forward to the continued revitalization of both the commercial and residential areas in the Chandler District.
With continued commitment and coordination among all the stakeholders, the Chandler Business Corridor will continue to grow and flourish by retaining existing partners and developing incentives to attract new private investment in the future.
May 09, 2009
May 08, 2009
- my application was rejected since I did not live in the house and it was mailed backwith my check of $150
- I contested this since I did not see how owner occupancy was a requirement and I knew other NRSA's accepted applications for non-owner occupants since they were more concerned with the income of the tenants.
- After going back and forth, it was agreed that not being owner occupied did not disqualify me and I could resubmit my application.
- I was then told the application was being revised and I would have to resubmit the application with the new paperwork and instead of $150 application fee, I would have to pay $450 ($150 per unit)
- It was was then agreed that it only was $150
- After questioning where the new application was , I was told that there was no new appplication but to resubmit my initial application with a check for $150
- Last week I was told that I needed to submit my tax returns. After some discussion it was agreed that I did not have to submit my tax returns since I did not live in the property and the city only needed to track the income of whom the project actually actually lived there.
Finally after five months, I thought it was finally done.
Wednesday, I got an e-mail that the South Worcester NRSA would not accept applications from "absentee" home-owners and my application would be returned for a second time with my check.
May 07, 2009
May 06, 2009
Today we placed new benches within the NRSA at the following locations:
Chandler Street Elementary School (2) pictured at left
John and Sons Deli
Rob Roy Hair Salon
MLK Center (picture of Serrato Sign Employees enjoyed the bench after installing it)
By the way thanks to Serrato Signs for installing the bench. Local businesses understand the value on investing in the neighborhoods where they conduct their businesses.
May 05, 2009
Maybe the developers of our our number 1 growth business, low to mod income, should also buy local. Check out any of the contractors at any of these low to mod income projects--almost impossible to find. I have seen one local environmental company, one electrician and one fence guy. That's it!
I am on this rant today, because I have learned that the $6,000,000 Southgate Place was put out to bid by invitation only to three bidders:
- Quincy, MA
- Oxford, MA
- Harvard, MA
It appears to me that not one Worcester contractor was invited to bid? Considering that this is a project where one of the partners is the South Worcester Neighborhood Center, that receives support from the City of Worcester, one would think that Worcester General Contractors would have been given an opportunity to bid?
May 04, 2009
May 03, 2009
First, we should have put out an RFP to long-term lease or outright sell ORH sometime during the past 5 years. Instead we put out two RFP's for parcels, which were a complete joke and nobody bought either one. Companies like AvPorts and National Express should have been invited to Worcester and stories placed in all the major newspapers. If we had sold ORH to one of these other entities, we would not have to worry about them taking deductions for monies that they had invested in ORH since 1999, which is now $9,000,000. Remember all the times Mr Nemeth, who still has not written about this, use to write about how much we should thank MassPort for helping us with our operating deficit since 1999? I never knew it was a loan.
Second, may we should get an actual appraisal from a company like Jack Randal Poteet and Associates? We have done none of these and will end up getting nothing for ORH other then the not having to pay anything towards the annual operating losses and debt service. Would you sell your house without putting it on the market and only talk to your next door neighbor, who wants credit for all the times he has mowed your lawn or shoveled you walk since 1999 off the purchase price?
Lastly instead of 6 flights per week to Florida (3 to Sanford and 3 to Punta Gorda), we are done to 3 flights per week whereby the flight goes from Worcester to Sanford then proceeds on to Punta Gorda. At40 to 50 percent full, according to the Direct Air President Ed Warneck, you can bet that these 3 flights will be cut back also. How is Myrtle Beach doing? Again according to their President, it has not been as strong as Florida when it was opened up.
Bottom line all bad news in the short term for ORH. The City of Worcester will get nothing from the sale of ORH and the one airline flying out of ORH is struggling and will most likely cut back on the 5 flights per week (3 to Florida and 2 to Myrtle Beach).