City Manager gives an update on Hamilton Canal RFQ. The city received three strong proposals. One is by a consortium led by Winn Companies. Winn is teaming with Anchor Line Properties which owns Cross Point, to serve as master developer. Two other proposals for specific lots were also received. One from Watermark, a Lowell-based environmental company, has committed to building its corporation headquarters on Parcel 17. The other from Genesis Health Care has partnered with UMass Lowell to build a new, privately owned facility with construction to begin next October. There will be a more detailed presentation to the council at next week’s meeting.
Council receives a report on program by city’s Inspectional Services Department that addressed the 39 worst rental properties in the city. The city has zero tolerance for code violations on these properties and met individually with the landlords. Now, 37 of the 39 properties are in compliance. There were 16 landlords identified as the worst landlords in the city so they became the focus of this effort.
Downtown Subcommittee reports on its meeting from earlier this evening which consisted of a presentation of a proposal to create a Business Improvement District for downtown. The council refers it to the city manager to have DPD work with the proponents to further develop the idea before any action is taken on it.
Councilor Belanger motion to request school department to include opioid awareness classes in the public school curriculum. Several people from agencies that provide education and treatment speak in favor of the motion.
Councilor Mercier motion to dedicate memorial stone at Fels Park (March 1972 tragic construction accident at UMass Lowell that killed four people).
Councilor Kennedy motion for a report on number of gas leaks and consequences. Mayor Elliott has a similar motion that’s taken up simultaneously. Kennedy sites a website that identifies more than 100 past gas leaks so he wants more information about them.
Councilor Kennedy motion that DPW develop alternate strategies for plowing narrow streets in the city.
Meeting adjourns at 8:30pm