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Worcester news for you! … Dickens and (CDBG) demo!

First the fun stuff!

pic: R.T.

From Doherty High School

Highland Street

December 7 and 8

Next week the Doherty Performing Arts Department will be presenting “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens

The show will be performed by more than 70 Doherty students, 1 Forest Grove student and 3 Midland Street School students!

We will also be performing an elementary school matinee December 7 for students from Midland, Tatnuck and May Street schools.

The bulk of the show will be performed by the Theatre 2-3-4 classes, with help from the Madrigal Singers and the Jazz Band.

The show starts promptly at 6:45 p.m. and tickets are a mere $5.

Hope to see you there.

Jim Fay
Theatre Director


Now the muckety muck …CDBG DEMOLITION GOALS, the process …

Cece says: Can’t we all just chase string and cuddle?? pic:R.T.

From the City of Worcester …


(Rose has made some sentences bold.):



Re: Council Questions Concerning the Recommended Finance Item for Demolition Purposes

In response to the City Council’s questions regarding the recommendation to transfer 126 190 00 from and to various CDBG accounts to provide sufficient funding for anticipated project costs for the demolition of six buildings, please accept this report.

List of [the CDBG-demo] Properties:

11 Dixfield Road —The Estate of Amelia and Lincoln Crozier

15 Uxbridge Street The Estate of Rose Jordan

147 Belmont Street S. Paquette, Trustee of Belmont 147 Realty Trust

20 Alvarado ROLLO The Estate of Rocco and Lame Mercadante

18 Charlton Street Edilson Souza

89 Austin Street Iglesia Cristiana de la Communidad

The city has a responsibility to maintain safe neighborhoods. The demolition of dilapidated, dangerous or decadent buildings falls under that role.

Demolition of such properties is an eligible expenditure of block grant funds because one of the national objectives of the ONES program is the elimination of spot slum and blighted properties.

The annual block grant allocation includes a sum set aside for demolition of eligible properties.

The City [of Worcester] places a lien in the amount of the demolition expenses on the property by recording a lien in the Registry of Deeds shortly after demolition.

The lien is then included with the annual tax bill, just as any outstanding water, sewer charges and betterment assessments are included in the tax bills).

The city tax lien takes priority over any mortgages on the property.

Therefore, the bank or person taking a mortgage on a property subject to a demolition order, not the city [of Worcester], takes the risk that there will be no surplus value after the city lien is paid.

(In the case of tax exempt property, the demolition lien is committed to the treasurer who treats the property as taxable for purposes of either collection or foreclosure to satisfy the lien).

The city [of Worcester] uses two avenues to assess fines to property owners who fail to maintain their property in compliance with building, health and safety codes:

The first is the ” clean and lien” process whereby the city causes repairs to be made and then records a lien on the property for the amount expended.

This process is used to address emergency situations (no heat, imminent structural failure, etc.), where the property is in foreclosure, or, where the responsible party fails to appear in court.

This process is also used to clean weeds and trash from properties creating a nuisance to the neighborhood.

Secondly, the city fines property owners for code violations through the code enforcement/housing court process. That process involves a sequence of code inspections and enforcement orders, a referral to the law department for housing court action, the imposition of a preliminary injunction commanding that repairs
be made, and, if necessary, a series of court actions where the court imposes
fines on the owner to secure compliance and, failing that, the court will hold the owner in contempt and commit them to jail until repairs are made.

While properties with debilitating code violations can be condemned to demolition, properties without any pre- existing code violations, but which have
suffered substantial, structural damage due to fires are eligible for demolition.

(In fact, four of the six properties listed above are being demolished because of structural fire damage).

It would be fair to say that, in all cases, the property involved is “made safe” per order of the [City of Worcester] Code Commissioner.

This is typically accomplished by boarding windows and keeping people at a safe distance with fencing.

The policy in this program is to make every effort to save properties from
demolition through private rehabilitation.

There is usually a period of several
years between the recording of a demolition order and the actual demolition of a property.

Cases with extreme deterioration or fire damage move to the top of the list and, to the extent that funding sources allow, are demolished more quickly.

Except to determine the owner for purposes of the issuance and service of
orders, the city [of Worcester] does not perform periodic title examinations of properties condemned to demolition.
As noted earlier, the city lien takes first priority over encumbrances recorded both before and after the recording of the demolition
order. The economic risk falls substantially with the private financier.

Respectfully submitted,

Edward M. Augustus, Jr.
City Manager

Community Development Block Grants – Worcester shows off its CDBG-funded neighborhood “stars” to mayors throughout Mass!

Text and photos by Ron O’Clair

Mayor Petty starts off the meeting

There was a meeting today at Clark University’s Lurie Conference Room in the Higgins Building on the Clark Campus about the Community Development Block Grants given by the government through H.U.D. (Housing and Urban Development) and the success that has been achieved through these grants in the Kilby/Gardner/Hammond section of Worcester.

This meeting was attended by several dignitaries, including:

Dan Donahue, State Representative 16th District

Bill Carpenter, Mayor of the City of Brockton

Setti Warren, Mayor of the City of Newton

Joseph Petty, Mayor of the City of Worcester

Daniel Rizzo, Mayor of the City of Revere

Mary Keefe, State Representative 15th District

Gordon Hargrove, Executive Director of the Friendly House

Robert Shumeyko, H.U.D. Regional Director

Tony Sousa, Director of Planning for the City of Everett

Jeremiah Thompson, from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s office

Laurie Ross, Clark University

and many of the heads of the City of Worcester Community Development office

After opening remarks from Mayor Petty and Mayor Warren, there was a power-point presentation by Steven Teasdale, executive director of the Main South C.D.C., followed by a bus tour of the Worcester neighborhood that was the focus of the redevelopment that the CDBG money helped make a reality.

The WRTA bus getting ready to depart on the tour

The bus, a regular WRTA bus, toured the Kilby Street area, stopping at the new Boys and Girls Club and traveled over to Hollis Street to see the former factory at 93 Grand St. that has been renovated and is nearly ready for occupancy. It was once owned by the Main South C.D.C. but was bought and developed by a private entity.

The people riding the tour bus got to see first-hand the difference made in the area, as was obvious to all from having seen “before” photos of the neighborhood in the power-point presentation .

There was a discussion period after the tour back in the conference room.

We learned much of the progress made in Worcester’s Kilby-Gardner-Hammond area would have been impossible without funding from the CDBG program.

Main South! Tomorrow! 4:30 p.m. Be there! Support Community Development Block Grants for our neighborhoods!

So important! While former Worcester City Manager Mike O’Brien bashed the federal funding program that supports urban neighborhoods and our CDC’s (major recipients of the $), the new folks at City Hall GET IT – appreciate all the good works the funds have underwritten in our city. We need more $$ for our neighborhoods – not less.

Come see all the great homes, all the great neighborhood organizations that exist in our urban neighborhoods BECAUSE OF CDBG money!

– Rosalie Tirella 


4:30 p.m.

You are cordially invited to join Mayor Joseph M. Petty and Mayor Setti Warren of Newton on a tour of the Kilby-Gardner-Hammond project

… to highlight the importance of CDBG funding.

Other mayors from across the state and federal delegation have been invited.

The tour will leave from the Higgins Center at Clark University, proceed to the Kilby-Gardner-Hammond project for a brief tour …

and then return to Lurie Hall, at Clark University for a discussion on the importance of CDBG funding for Worcester and your individual organizations.

We expect the event to take about an hour or so.