Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2018 #96
ORDER ADOPTED AS AMENDED
Apr 2, 2018 5:30 PM

That the City Manager is requested to consult with the Law Department, Community Development Department and any other appropriate City departments regarding the feasibility of requiring property owners to give the City written notice when a storefront becomes vacant, including plans for finding a new tenant and keeping the premises tidy and in compliance with all applicable codes to mitigate any negative effects or safety concerns on the neighborhood

Information

Department:City Clerk's Office, SSSponsors:Councillor Sumbul Siddiqui, Vice Mayor Jan Devereux, Councillor Alanna Mallon, Mayor Marc C. McGovern
Category:Policy Order

Attachments

  1. Printout
  2. Original Order

Body

WHEREAS:

Vacant or unoccupied first floor retail is detrimental to the City’s goals of supporting thriving retail districts and visibly inhibits the feeling of an activated streetscape; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Storefronts left in disarray have a negative impact on the neighborhood, other businesses in the area, and on the sidewalk/public space in front of the vacant or unoccupied property; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Various business associations and members of the Economic Development and University Relations Committee are in agreement that addressing the outward appearance of vacant and/or unoccupied storefronts is a necessary step towards activating our streets and mitigating the negative impact of properties left empty; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to consult with the Law Department, Community Development Department and any other appropriate City departments regarding the feasibility of requiring property owners to give the City written notice when a storefront becomes vacant, including plans for finding a new tenant and keeping the premises tidy and in compliance with all applicable codes to mitigate any negative effects or safety concerns on the neighborhood; and be it further


 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the Economic Development and University Relations Committee in a timely manner in June with recommendations.

 

 

 

Meeting History

Apr 2, 2018 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED AS AMENDED