In today’s daily feature, 5 Things You Need to Know, ThisWeekinWorcester.com explores five important things and stories that residents of Worcester and Central Massachusetts should keep a close eye on.
These five things can cover a whole range of issues and issues that we think are relevant to understanding what is going on in the city and the towns and communities around Worcester.
In today’s edition – Friday 4th November – the Worcester Planning Board is holding a public hearing next week on amending the incorporation zoning in the city zoning ordinance. Check out the pre-election trends in Worcester County. Worcester receives a $25,000 grant from the Downtown Massachusetts Initiative, the Downtown Worcester BID is hosting its monthly meeting next week, and the Worcester Chamber Music Society is presenting “Soundscapes in Time” this month.
Planning Committee Holds Public Hearing on Amendment to Incorporation Zoning Ordinance
The city’s planning committee is hosting a public hearing on Nov. 9 to amend the zoning ordinance to include the inclusion of development in multifamily developments of 12 units or more.
Projects must include at least 15% of units for households at or below 80% of the area’s median income, or 10% of units for households at or below 60% of the area’s median income. The maximum rent of the Affordable Income Units cannot exceed 30% of the eligible household’s annual income and the market rent rate.
The hearing will be held in person at 5:30 p.m. in the Levi Lincoln Chamber at City Hall. Participants can also access the meeting virtually or by phone here:
- Use the following link to join the meeting via computer: https://cow.webex.com/meet/planningboardwebex
- Call 415-655-0001 (Access Code: 160 171 4991)
Trends on pre-election issues published by Google
Google announced accessible, local voting information available to users through a simple search. Googling “How to Voting” provides local voting information at the top of search results with links to more information from state government sources.
Google is promoting the feature along with its search trend data heading into the final weekend for Election Day on November 8th.
The top 5 Google searches by users in Worcester County are Wages (29), Social Security (28), Health Care (19), Abortion (17) and Economics (7).
Click here for more data from Google.
Worcester Receives $25,000 Downtown Quality of Life Grant
The Massachusetts Downtown Initiative (MDI) awarded the City of Worcester a $25,000 state grant for technical assistance to create a Downtown Worcester Quality of Life Plan.
With funding from the City of Worcester. the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development. and the Downtown Worcester Business Improvement District (BID) will produce the Downtown Worcester Quality of Life Study. BID will oversee the study and work with a team of consultants to collect quality of life data from the inner city core, expand research and best practices from similar urban communities to identify and develop solutions to some of the prevailing quality of life issues a comprehensive plan to solve problems in the Downtown Worcester Business Improvement District.
The main objectives of the Downtown Worcester Quality of Life Study are:
- Identify key inner city issues including access to basic needs for all populations
- Building a coalition of public and private sector stakeholders
- Create a prioritized implementation plan to serve all downtown district populations
The Downtown Worcester Quality of Life project is scheduled to begin in late 2022 and be completed by summer 2023.
Downtown Worcester BID will host a monthly meeting on November 11th
The Downtown Worcester Business Improvement District (BID) is hosting its monthly meeting on Friday, November 11th from 9am to 10am.
This month’s meeting will be held in the Worcester Regional Food Hub Marketplace in the lobby of the Glass Tower building at 446 Main St.
Shon Rainford, director of the Worcester Regional Food Hub, will speak at the session. The Food Hub will provide food and drink.
To register for the meeting, click here.
Worcester Chamber Music Society presents “Soundscapes in Time”
The Worcester Chamber Music Society continues its 17th concert season with Soundscapes in Time, a concert that explores the idea of flourishing – both literally and metaphorically – from the 18th to the 21st centuries.
The performance will take place on Sunday, November 13 at Assumption University’s Jeanne Y. Curtis Hall. A pre-concert begins at 3:30 p.m., the program begins at 4:00 p.m.
The program includes:
- Markus Berger Bloom
- Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges String Quartet No. 5
- Kate Whitley Duo for Violin and Viola
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A major
- with guest Eric Thomas, clarinet
For more information and tickets, visit the Worcester Chamber Music Society website, here.