Date: March 3, 2016
Location: St. Edith Stein Church
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
6:00PM | St. Edith Stein Church
Present: Scott Dwyer, President (Dwyer’s Glass); David Lynch, Vice President (Lynch’s Towing); Richard Gowell (Gowell’s Candy); Jeff Chrzanowski (Spark Street Auto Body); Nelson Fernandes (JJ’s Caffe); Allen Davis (BAR Automotive)
Present: Councilor Shirley Asack (City Council Ward 7); Shelley Clough (Crescent Credit Union); Councilor Jack Lally (City Council Ward 6)
Rob May, Director of Planning & Economic Development (City of Brockton)
Meeting called to order at 6:06pm by President, Scott Dwyer
President’s Report – Scott Dwyer:
Dwyer shared the design for the new Montello Business Crime Watch signs that will be installed throughout the Montello Business District.
Motion to approve the sign design made by Richard Gowell, seconded by David Lynch. Unanimous vote to approve the sign design.
Our beginning balance, as of February 3, 2016, is $3630.86. Association paid $100 to Holmgren CPA for the associations tax preparation. The ending balance as of March 6, 2016 is $3499.00.
COUNCILOR SHIRLEY ASACK
Councilor Asack suggested the Association get involved with the homeless community. Dwyer will reach out to Father Bill’s and the Homeless Task Force to donate brooms and rakes for Perkins Park cleanup.
Officer Kevin Amaral has been promoted to Sergeant. His participation within the Association will be limited due to the new role, however BPD will continue to have a presence at every meeting.
Brockton Power’s permit with the City is valid for two years. Brockton Power was unable to secure electricity from the State auction so at this moment it’s not feasible for Brockton Power to continue with their development efforts. They will reapply for the City permit after it expires next year and start the process over if the project continues to be of value.
Champions Fighting Cancer Walk is being held on Sunday, May 1. It’s a 4.5 mile walk from Brockton High School to Brockton Hospital. Registration is from 8:00am – 10:30am at Brockton Hospital. The finish line of the walk will have games, activities and cookout. The CFCW is expecting 1,800-2,000 walkers and it takes a lot of resources to pull it off. CFCW is asking for support within the business community to hang flyers, advertise in the business brochure, sponsorship opportunities, volunteering, and donating food for the cookout. The Fire & Iron Firefighters Motorcycle Club will be offering motorcycle rides for $20. Proceeds will go towards the Pediatric Unit of Brockton Hospital. Also, proceeds from the CFCW will go towards building a comprehensive care unit at Brockton Hospital. Patients will no longer need to travel to Boston for cancer treatment.
COUNCILOR JACK LALLY
Introduced as newest member of the City Council.
GUEST SPEAKER: Rob May, Director of Planning & Economic Development (City of Brockton)
The City is working with the Old Colony Planning Council to do a traffic study of the Route 28 Corridor. This study will look at the intersections of Livingston St., Field St., Wilmington St., and E. Battles St. with N. Montello St. This study is the first step in getting a traffic signal approved. The goal is to install a rapid flashing beacon at a few of these intersections to improve pedestrian safety. A survey has been distributed to help populate the study and all efforts will lead to State funding to fix the problem.
The Planning Department is looking at the Montello District for future development. The Dept would like to include the Howard Street School within the 40R Overlay which will make future development more attractive and efficient. The redevelopment of the Howard School could anchor the Montello Business District and create business and residential opportunities as well as additional street parking and garage, as more people move to Brockton from Boston and Quincy (proximity to the Montello MBTA Station is key). City is actively looking for developers to take on this project.
The facade of the Kresge Building will be restored. A developer is looking at the building for redevelopment, adding four more stories to accommodate apartments with ground level commercial space and underground parking. The developer is looking to utilize the Housing Development Incentive Program (market rate housing tax credit).
The new parking garage planned for downtown will be on Trinity Financial’s property.
The DA’s office has been approved to move to a new location, the former Social Security building, located across the Brockton District Courthouse on Main Street.
Trinity Financial is looking to start Phase Two of their project to add 113 residential units and a 400-car parking garage.
Meeting Adjourned at 7:18pm.