Time is Up for Council to Decide on Future of 20 Newcomb St. Parcels

(WHAV News file photograph by Jay Saulnier.)

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After a delay of several weeks, councilors will be asked for a second time to approve the sale of city-owned property at 20 Newcomb St.

Mayor James J. Fiorentini recommends that the council declare the property surplus so that it can be sold to a developer. The property includes three parcels adding up to a half-acre, and includes a white, wood-frame house and two parking lots adjacent to the City Hall parking lot.

The council meets beginning at 7 p.m. in the Theodore A. Pelosi Jr. City Council Chambers on the second floor of City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.

According to Steven S. Bucuzzo, the city’s purchasing director, the three parcels are valued at a combined $300,000. The site is already serviced by gas, electric, phone, and municipal water and sewer.

If the council declares the property surplus and available for sale, the city will entertain proposals for redevelopment of the site, Bucuzzo said.

The city will be required to consider all proposals, and to choose the one officials consider most advantageous to the city, which is normally the one that offers the highest price and the best proposed use, Bucuzzo said. The city has the right to reject any or all proposals.

According to information provided to City Council, Fiorentini’s preference is for the current building, which is in poor condition, to be razed and a multi-family residential building constructed in its place spanning two of the three lots. However, commercial or nonprofit uses will also be considered, Bucuzzo said.

Any project would require the developer to grant an easement for vehicles to enter the City Hall parking lot from Newcomb Street.