City Council heard the latest incarnation for renovating the historic Woolworth Building in downtown Watertown....However, developer David Gallo and two collegues did not press the Council for action on the bus stop, PILOTS or parking, instead telling lawmakers they have more work to see if the plan is able to be financed.
A previous plan by the building owner to put a hotel there fell apart and a plan for 45 to 50 apartments was hatched.
Mr. Gallo will be getting back to Council with more details.
Lawmakers also kissed and made up with their ad hoc advisory group called Advantage Watertown.
Some on Council had complained the group, which meets monthly, was a rogue panel at odds with the job of lawmakers.
I argued the group was stakeholders in downtown who were trying to air their ideas in a monthly skull session and meant no harm...In the end everybody held hands and sang a boisterious chorus of Kumbaya.
Finally, Downtown Business Association President Steve Weed asked Council to reconsider parade routes, particularly moving away from Washington Street and back to State Street.
Mr. Weed says the Washington route unduly cut off large sections of the City.
At least two lawmakers were sympathetic with Teresa Macaluso saying she had a hard time gettting home during the recent Dairy Parade....
Easy solution...park your car and enjoy the parade.
Council also decided to hold off on removing the Zoo Aviary until plans are firm for a replacement building. Discussions are proceeding on that. Council also asked for a cost estimate on an access port to downtown caves.