Monthly Archives: December 2010

Old Courthouse only has one bidder

via Banker and Tradesman:

Qualifications of bidding developers for a January auction were due Dec. 17. Quincy-based Acorn Management Co. was the only company to submit documentation to DCAM. The state agency stipulated in its request for qualifications that it reserves the right to cancel the auction if less than three submissions were received.

The state body has not yet decided if it will cancel the auction, and is still reviewing the submission, said Kevin Flanigan, a deputy director for DCAM. The agency will notify respondents by Jan. 7 if they will be allowed to bid on the property.

(Image:  Worcester County Court House, a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 image from Jimmy Emerson’s photostream.)

Great WAM post

While looking for something else, I came across this great post about the Worcester Art Museum. Sure, it’s a bit dated (it was written over the summer), but the gentleman who writes it is an art dealer who writes really great summaries of museums he visits.

I’ll even forgive him for saying “Springfield, who knew?” when everyone knows that’s Worcester’s tagline du jour.

(Image:  Fifty Centuries of Art, a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 image from Sean’s photostream.)

Worcester residential tax rates to be higher than they might have been, business taxes lower

Worcester Business Journal:

The commercial and industrial tax rate was set at $34.65 per $1,000. The residential rate was set at $16.06 per $1,000 of assessed value.

The commercial tax rate will increase by 5.7 percent over last year, but that’s better than it could have been. Had the council approved the largest increase allowed by law, the rate would have jumped by 7.36 percent.

Nicole has more thoughts at her blog. Like her, I don’t have an opinion on this development, because I have no idea what the “right” business and residential tax rates might be, so I don’t know if this moves us closer or not. Feel free to tell me what the right tax levels are…

T&G to switch web platforms

According to News&Tech, the Telegram website will be moving to EidosMedia’s editorial platform Méthode.  The articles are mostly about the Boston Globe also moving to this platform, and that’ll likely happen in the second half of 2011 (when bostonglobe.com and boston.com become decoupled).

More about Méthode here.  If this can get my husband happy about the Telegram’s RSS feeds, I think we’ve got a win.