Councillor Brian Arrigo started things out by calling for a comprehensive re-zoning and Master Planning process as a way to move the City forward without a casino.
“I think now that the casino madness is out of the way, we need to talk about how we’ll compete against other communities like Chelsea, Everett and Somerville,” he said. “We’re all in a competition for economic development and residents…I think we need to have a Master Plan and involve everyone and everyone’s ideas. It won’t take one day or be one event with one person. This will be bringing in local businesses, community groups and residents together. This is a blueprint going forward – not just thinking about the next election cycle or short-term projects – but rather 20 years in the future.”
He said he would like to see a process where the City searches through every lot to prevent zoning mistakes – such as the tower on the Parkway – and makes a plan for every inch of the City with input from everyone. He projected it would take two or three years to do it right.
“We need a business plan intact,” he said.
Source: "Moving Forward from Casino Loss", Revere Journal, September 29, 2014