After sending a special tax agreement and an Economic Development Fund allocation for Electro Magnetic Applications Inc. to subcommittee for consideration, the full city council cast its vote Tuesday in favor of the incentives that will help the aerospace company take off in Pittsfield.
The City Council took two swift votes Tuesday to send the possible GE fund allocation to the Subcommittee on Community and Economic Development and the special tax agreement to the Subcommittee on Finance.
The four city councilors who killed the mayor's home improvement program are seeking a resurrection.
Councilors Christopher Connell, Melissa Mazzeo, Kevin Morandi, and Anthony Simonelli filed a joint petition calling on the mayor to organize a working group to find a different funding source. The four had voted against the program which eyed to use $250,000 of the General Electric Economic Development Fund to help residents make exterior repairs to their homes.
The City Council sent Mayor Linda Tyer's proposed home improvement back for further consideration.
The mayor had petitioned for $250,000 from the Pittsfield Economic Development Fund to start "At Home In Pittsfield," a program to help residents make exterior home improvements or purchase fixer-uppers and make those improvements.
Mayor Linda Tyer's At Home in Pittsfield program has the support of the City Council's Community and Economic Development subcommittee on Tuesday.
The mayor is asking for $250,000 from the General Electric Economic Development plan for the program eyed to spur renovations to homes. The funds would then be available as zero-interest loans for homeowners or those purchasing a home to make repairs to the exterior of the homes.
Mayor Linda Tyer is looking to help residents who improve their homes.
Tyer announced "At Home in Pittsfield," a program in which the city will provide zero-interest loans to residents for undertaking certain home improvement projects. The effort is one aimed to improve the again housing stock in the city.
It wasn't really a difficult decision. But it is a wildly unpopular one late Tuesday night when the City Council approved by an 8-2 margin to forgive some $2.5 million in debt to the Beacon Cinema in order to help facilitate a sale of the historic downtown building.
The former Kinnell and Kresge building was renovated in 2008 through a public-private partnership to the tune of $22.1 million. The financial package was specifically designed to take advantage of new market tax credits, which bro
It is a situation nobody wanted to happen, and one nobody really thought would happen given the way the movie industry was more than a decade ago. But now the City Council is asked to take the unpopular vote of forgiving the debt to save the cinema or to take the unpopular vote of letting the theater die.