May 2017 Agenda

LDNA Agenda – May 22, 2017

1. Opening greeting

2. Approval of minutes

3. Treasurer's Report

4. Police Report

5. Sean Thibodeau, Coordinator of Community Planning for the Pollard Memorial Library, will be speaking

6. Information

7. Adjourn

April 2017 Minutes

LDNA 04/24/17 

Present:

Jack Moynihan

Carolyn Alphen

Stephen Greene

Corey Sciuto

Meeting Starts 07:05

 

Treasurer’s Report 

$582.29

 

Police Report

Sgt. Prescott

Aggravated assaults are domestic, as is typical.

 

Assistant City Manager, Mike McGovern

Lowell High School:

Currently working on feasibility studies, since August. City needed to find 16 acres, including six acres of parking. There are four remaining options: Full Renovation, Addition/Renovation 1 & 2, New site @ Cawley

New presentation on findings to the City Council on June 6, Special meeting on June 8; aiming for a forum on June 10.

Timetable: 6 years full renovation. 3 years, new school. 4, ~4.5 yrs for the renovation/builds.

Tax increases are estimated to be ≈ 7%.

 

General Information / Announcements

Continued work on garage spaces

 

Meeting Adjourned 

8:25 PM

 

April 2017 Agenda

LDNA Agenda – April 24, 2017

1. Opening greeting

2. Approval of minutes

3. Treasurer's Report

4. Police Report

5. Mike McGovern, Assistant City Manager, will be speaking to discuss the Lowell High School

Project

6. General Information

7. Adjourn

Meeting Notes – March 27, 2017

 

Opening greeting

Carolyn introduce herself to begin the meeting and introduced the Board members Jack and Stephen.  Cory was delayed

Approval of minutes

Minutes from the February meeting were motioned, seconded and approved as posted on the website

Treasurer’s Report

The current LDNA balance at Enterprise is $519.29.   New membership donations of $70 were received and will be deposited.

Police Report

Officer presented a concise report for the area including the regular Compstat statistics and map for the period 2/27 to 3/26/2017.  Overall the numbers are down from the previous month’s report.  There were fewer car breaks.  Two of the aggravated assaults involved the police in the line of duty.  Disorderly conduct typically was bar patron related.

Teddy Panos, owner of Athenian Corner, plan to build a boutique-style hotel in Downtown Lowell. Presentation by Attorney George Theodorou.

Attorney George Theodorou  (Market St, Lowell) presented the 52 room boutique style family run hotel proposal that will include the Athenian Corner Restaurant on the ground floor at the current location on Market at Shattuck St..  The project will include the existing Athenian Corner building and new construction using the existing parking.  The new 5 story construction will not be red brick, but white, with the 5 floor set back.  The 5th level will be event rooms and an outside area as currently envisioned.  There will be a recessed drive through area at the corner of Shattuck for guest drop off and valet parking. Parking will be in the Roy Garage and it anticipated that many guest will self-park.  Restaurant guests will park on the street or garage.  Parking was discussed as a concern.

The each floor of hotel will have pictures of the various Lowell neighborhoods.  The ground floor restaurant will be slightly expanded (the seating currently not used on the 2nd floor will be part of the expansion).  It is envisioned that there will be seasonal outside seating on Market Street.  A recess would provide space for tables on what is relatively narrow side walk.

Supplies would be unloaded on Shattuck Street.  The alley would not be affected and trash and recyclable would be removed from building storage through the alley.

The neighborhood is supportive.  Parking was the only expressed concern.

Summer music would be moved to the 5th level.

If permitted, the project could get underway in June as an optimistic date.

There is a Planning Department Hearing on Monday 4/3 at 6:30 PM City Hall.

The proposal goes to the Historic Board on 3/10.   

Asking the people present at the meeting and getting affirmative support,  the LDNA Board motioned, seconded and approved a letter of support for the Athenian Corner Hotel Project.

Gabby Davis, CEO of Made in Lowell, discussed what her group does and the events they host in the City.

She also had a PowerPoint presentation with pictures.  Made in Lowell foster economic and community development in Lowell.  Gabby showed a number of events including some in Lucey Larkum Park.  Made in Lowell organized the Craft Beer walk around local business (next one is planned for Nov 11) as well as a food truck series.  It also organizes Friday Nights.  It will have an Octoberfest event this fall (10/14).  The plan is to go into the neighborhoods in 2018.  There is a wine sipping planned for May 20th.  This gets folks to taste select wines while visiting various business around the downtown as they get their passports stamped.  

Most events are free except if there is food or beverages.  Gabby is limited in the number of 1 day liquor licenses she can get as they are granted to an individual.  Additional involved people could help.  Each event includes significant planning and coordination as well as work with the City.  She is working on more events along the canals and canal walkways.  Another end of year event is planned and she hopes the weather which was very cold this past year is more cooperative.

Abbey welcomes support and volunteers.   Go to her web site – www.madeinlowell.org/

General Information

Councilor Samaras announced that for the Lowell High School Project, better cost information will be available on May 28th

Adjourn

 

March 2017 Agenda

LDNA Agenda – March 27, 2017

  1. Opening greeting
  2. Approval of minutes
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. Police Report
  5. Teddy Panos, owner of Athenian Corner, discussing the new plan to build a boutique-style hotel in Downtown Lowell. Co-presenting with partner Tim Grover, and Engineer, Matt Hamor. Document library: http://www.lowellma.gov/DocumentCenter/Index/272
  6. Gabby Davis, CEO of Made in Lowell, discussing her group and the events they host in the City.
  7. General Information
  8. Adjourn

February 2017 Minutes

Meeting Opens 7:03 PM

 

Present:

 

Jack Moynihan – Co-chair

Carolyn Alphen – Co-chair

Corey Sciuto – Secretary

 

Treasurer’s Report

$497.29

 

Police Report, Lt. Crawford

 

Quieter month than last, with the holidays being over. Car breaks continue; three disorderlies this month due to three different bars refusing entry to drunk people who caused trouble.

 

Officer Hanson, Canine officer. ‘Bossy’ the German Shepherd

 

Bossy is used for patrol, narcotics, etc. <Training demo>

 

Andy Jacobson, Board President of Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL)


COOL has new offices outside of City Hall and has opened up a shop at 122 Merrimack Street: https://www.facebook.com/pg/CultureIsCool/about. Arts and Maker Fest September 16-17: https://www.facebook.com/LowellArtMakerFest

Adjourn

 

8:29PM

 

February 2017 Agenda

LDNA  Agenda – February 27, 2017

  1. Opening greeting
  2. Approval of minutes
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. Police Report
  5. Andy Jacobson, President of the Cultural Organization of Lowell (COOL) will give a brief overview of the organization, and discuss some upcoming events.
  6. General Information
  7. Adjourn

January 2017 Minutes

January 23rd, 2017 7 PM, LTC

 

Present:

Carolyn Alphen, Co-Chair

Jack Moynihan, Co-Chair

Stephen Greene, VP/Treasurer

Corey Sciuto Secretary

 

Begin Meeting

Stephen moves; Corey seconds

 

Annual Re-Elections

All officers re-elected

 

Treasurer’s Report

 

Police Report, Lt. Crawford

Higher-than-normal crime this month, related both to increased activity due to Christmas and New Years, including higher police presence. An individual who committed many of the elevated rate of car breaks was arrested this month as well. Discussions around improved lighting, vagrancy, etc.

 

Neighborhood Services Subcommittee is present

 

Supt. Bill Tailor, LPD

3rd consecutive year with double-digit reduction in crime. Includes 15-18% reduction in shots fired.

 

Maryann Ballotta, Director of Research and Development, LPD

Application for grant for downtown neighborhood (potentially $1M over three years, includes mandatory nine-month planning period, being submitted soon with grant beginning early 2018). Maryann has reached out to and is working with Jack Moynihan. Potential goals include increased lighting, addressing panhandling (change program). Self-watering flower pots. Partnership with Lowell Transitional Living Center to help them better serve their population downtown. Increased lighting in Kerouac Park as it’s a known crime hot-spot. Potentially coordinating with Mill City Grows to open a community garden downtown.

 

Council expresses interest particularly in working more closely with Lowell Transitional Living Center, especially around keeping their clients occupied with programming during the day.

 

City Manager Kevin Murphy

We have 252 police officers, highest count since the Clinton era. Most uniformed firefighters in two decades. $4.5M under net school spending at the beginning of Murphy’s tenure; $9.5M over currently. 90% ground-floor occupation level citywide.

 

Kathleen Marcin asks for highest and best use study re: Lowell High School.

 

  • City will provide LDNA with highest and best use study.

 

Wayne Jenness asks what will happen to the courthouses when the new one opens.

 

  • They’ll be sold on the private market.

 

Discussion around art gallery shuttles

 

David Ouellette, Inspectional Services

 

Over 100 food establishments downtown. About 10 closed food establishments.

 

Nick Navin, Parking Dept

 

Lower Locks garage repair work is done, Market St is nearly done.

 

The closing of Market St during City of Lights blocking the garage was in error.

 

Surface Parking Lot next to Canal Place III will not be built until they end up developing Hamilton Canal District 2 and 4, which are currently surface lots.

 

Call the Parking Dept. if your car was damaged during the garage repair process.

 

Discussion around 1 East Merrimack St and Parking. They can’t fit that many cars in the Davidson St lot unless a garage is built there.

 

Overall, there is interest increasing the number of parking spaces downtown.

 

Motion to ajourn

Carolyn moves, Stephen Greene seconds.

January 2017 Meeting

LDNA Agenda – January 23, 2017, 7 PM., LTC

  1. Opening greeting
  2. Approval of minutes
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. Annual election of LDNA officers
  5. Police Report
  6. Neighborhood Services Subcommittee (continuing their efforts to better connect with the community) will conduct their monthly meeting at this LDNA meeting.
  7. General Information
  8. Adjourn

November 2016 Minutes

LDNA Meeting, November 28, 2016

7 PM, LTC

Present:

Jack Moynihan, Co-Chair

Carolyn Alphen, Co-Chair

Stephen Greene, Vice President

Corey Sciuto, Secretary

Police Report (Lt. Crawford):

Car break suspect has been caught

Interested in creative solutions on how to reduce backup downtown of people waiting on Ubers when the bars close.

Talk about lighting issues in the Canal Place parking lots.

Gates aren’t always closed by Trio.

Discussion around home access issues during events – Councilor Samaras looking to make a motion to address this.

Bridges closing: http://www.lowellbridges.com/

Discussion about licensing commission meetings.

Lowell High School Project

Presentation by Skanska and Perkins Eastman

Please direct questions to the City Manager’s Office

Next community presentation at LHS Auditorium on Thursday, December 8 2016 at 6:30PM

Website on the project should be available in March.

Motion to Accept Minutes

Corey made, Stephen seconds

Treasurer’s Report

$367.29 + donations from today

No meeting till January 23rd!

Motion to adjourn

Carolyn moves; Stephen seconds 8:44PM