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Pappas Kevin Kennedy Letter

Pappas Kevin Kennedy Letter

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Published by Bill Dusty
Letter from Peter Pappas to Springfield Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy, regarding lack of progress in sites being developed in the city.
Letter from Peter Pappas to Springfield Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy, regarding lack of progress in sites being developed in the city.

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Octobcr
6,
2012
(Deliver€dVia Emails)City
ofSpringficld
Massach
usetts
36
Couit
Street
Springfield,
MA
0l
103
-1698
A(n:
Mr. Kevin
Kennedy
Director
Oflicc ofPlanning
&
Economic
DevelopmentSubject:
Rcdevelop
ent
ofthe
former Visitors
lnlbrmation Ce[ter
f'VlC")
RfP
Solicitation
I
I
-296
dated
March
8,
201 1,
Rcissued
August.
201
I
Rodevelopment
ofthe
l3-31
Elm
Street
properties
at
Cour
Squate,
RFP
Firsl.Release
dated
Feb.
12,2006.
Reissued
Oct.
30.2009
Dear
Mr.
Kennedy.
'l-his
letter
is
a
lbllow
up
toyour phonecall
on
October
2''d
.
and
your
comments rcported
in
the
Springfield
Republicanon October
4'rr
that wcre
gencraled
irom
my
letter
io
cjt-v
ollicals
regardingredcvelopment
ofthc
abovc
t\ro
prop€lties.
You
have stated
in
the
ncwspaper
anicle
thal
the
city
is satislied
lith
theprogressmadebythe
two
selecled
developers
on the
two
properties
and
that
I
should
look
fbrw.ard
not
backwardto other rcdevelopment
opportulitics.
The
cit]
must be
lully
transparent to
the
publicinall
matters
including
its
economrcdevelopment projects
and results
achieved.This
includes
providing
the development
schedules
submitted
and accepted
by
the
city
that
was
requiredin th€
Request
for
Proposals
("
RFP")
issued
by
the
city.
Additionally.
u,'hat
due
diligence
n'as
performcdby
the
cily's
economic developmentandlaw
departments
to
insure
the
schedules
would
beadhcred to and
what were
theremedies
to the
city
il'the
solected
dcvclopers
did nol
adhere
to
the
rcdcvelopmentschedules?
As
EconomicDevelopment
Direclor
for
the
city
and
lblmgr
aid to
Congressman
Neal.I
am sure
you
ra,ould
agrecthese are necessary
toinsurc
accountabilily
and
qualitydevelopmcnt.
Tlrc impodanceis
magnified
as
public
funds
are
involved
as
wcll
as
confidence by other
potential
developers
in
the
ciq
-s
processarld
integrity.
Thefact
that the
ciry
has
an
obligationto
be
traNpareDt
and abide
by
the
requjrcments
in
their RFP'S
does not
mean
Ihave
notlooked
forw-ard
inother economic
developmcnt
projects
as
youurged
I
doinour
phone
conversation
al1d
in
your
commenls
to
the
l{epublican.
I
have
lookcd
at
otherprojects
in
the
cit}
including
the
vacantChestnutSchool
site the
city
recently
took
back
ftom Mr.
llcrbito
L'lores
with
The
New
England
Farms
WorkersCounoil,
the
Asylum
Building,
as
well
as
other
sites
inthe
city.
Curently
I
am
successfully
dcveloping
a
twelve
million
dollal. market
rare
housing

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