Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2020 #45
Order Adopted
Mar 2, 2020 5:30 PM

That the City Manager be and is hereby requested to confer with the Economic Development Division of the Community Development Department to prepare a report on any steps it has taken to work towards developing a Vacant Storefront Registration Policy

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Department:City Clerk's Office, AMSponsors:Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon, Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, Councillor Quinton Zondervan, Councillor Dennis J. Carlone
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

At the Economic Development and University Relations Committee Hearing that was held on April 30, 2019, the Committee discussed strategies to address vacant storefronts; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The City Council later adopted a Policy Order on June 24, 2019 asking the City Manager to work with the Community Development Department, the Assessor’s Office, and the City Solicitor’s Office to develop a Vacant Storefront Registration Policy; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The City has a vested interest in mitigating the effects of long-term storefront vacancies by creating a Vacant Storefront Registration Policy, as vacant storefronts are harmful to the vitality of our local Squares and business districts, and can hurt other small retailers and restaurants, while negatively impacting customer experience; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

According to the Retail Strategy of the City of Cambridge, published in August 2017, the retail vacancy rate is expected to increase in the coming years, so it is crucial that the City Council begins to address this issue before the situation becomes dire for our local business community; now therefore be it 

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and is hereby requested to confer with the Economic Development Division of the Community Development Department to prepare a report on any steps it has taken to work towards developing a Vacant Storefront Registration Policy; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back during the Economic Development and University Relations Committee on the matters above by its’ next hearing to be scheduled this spring.

 

Meeting History

Mar 2, 2020 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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BY AN AFFIRMATIVE VOTE OF NINE MEMBERS

RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED