The other night, against my better judgement, I went to a meeting of the South Worcester Industrial Park. Before I go any further everyone there are very nice people and this is nothing against our new District Councilor, Councilor Rivera. Read this link from Nicole's blog. August 1994 was the initial proposal!
October 7, 1999 – “Stephen F. O’Neil, director of the city manager’s Office of Planning and Community Development, said an estimated 1,760 new jobs with a payroll of $45 million could be created at the blighted South Worcester Industrial Park, a 25-acre complex of old buildings. The city estimates it would need $27 million to clean the area
18 years later since the initial proposal and we have spent millions and have not created one job!!! In fact we have lost jobs by having companies move out of some of these businesses that were torn down. The other night the talk was about 1) a marketing plan, which we do not have and 2) a name change. I say Metro-West Boston Worcester Industrial Park.
Bottom line is the South Worcester Industrial Park Task Force and the City of Worcester Economic Development office has had 18 years to work on this.
It is time to give this project to someone else!! Look no further then Gateway Park!!!! This is no differen then the airport. Just like the City of Worcester should not be in the airport business, we should not be in the Industrial Park business.
Eighteen years and we do not have a marketing plan and not one job.
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