City of Somerville
Massachusetts

Agenda Item
207447
Work Completed
Feb 14, 2019 7:00 PM

That the Administration appear before this Board to discuss ways the City and Union Square Master Developer can support the 300+ employees of Royal Hospitality Services, in light of Union Square redevelopment.

Information

Department:City CouncilSponsors:Ward Three City Councilor Ben Ewen-Campen, Ward Two City Councilor Jefferson Thomas ("J.T.") Scott
Category:ResolutionPurposes:Resolution

Official Text

That the Administration appear before this Board to discuss ways Somerville and the Union Square Master Developer can support the over 300 employees of Royal Hospitality Services, Inc., in light of Union Square Redevelopment.

 

Meeting History

Jan 24, 2019 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting

Alderman Ewen-Campen stated that in the process of redevelopment, this property is going to change hands and they employ about 150 Somerville residents. He would like to know what kind of assistance will be given to relocate businesses in this area.

RESULT:APPROVED
Feb 11, 2019 6:00 PM Video Finance Committee Committee Meeting

Councilors Ewen-Campen and Scott were contacted by representatives from employees who worked at Royal Hospitality Services and were concerned about the future of the company with regard to its location and the impact of the Urban Renewal Plan on the property. Several employees from Royal Hospitality Services attended the meeting and two representatives spoke. The speakers informed the committee that 150 out of 300 employees are residents of Somerville and the employees asked for the city’s assistance in keeping this company in Somerville. The concern of the employees was that they would not be able to stay in Somerville if the company had to move. Their children attend Somerville schools they all depend on their jobs with this company.

Mr. Galligani stated that he heard about the employee concerns a couple of weeks ago. In 2009, in order to obtain City approval to expand the building, the owner agreed to extend its lease with Royal White with the understanding that the property would not be developed until the Green Line Extension was built. Based on this agreement, the Royal White lease will expire the end of 2022 with two one year extensions. Therefore, Royal White would be entitled to remain in the building until 2024. Mr. Galligani will send a communication to all Council members with this information. Mr. Galligan stated that there is no eminent domain proceedings with regard to the property. Additionally, US2 has not purchased the property, nor have they talked to the current owners. Therefore, it appears that Royal White has the right to remain in the building upto 2024. Mr. Galligani also stated that the City would work with Royal White to assist them in locating a site in the City when the time came.

RESULT:WORK COMPLETED
Feb 14, 2019 7:00 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
RESULT:WORK COMPLETED