GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

Latest Cape Ann News

September 12, 2013

DPA pullout for I-4, C-2 gets 5-4 Council OK

Almost a year ago, city councilor Bruce Tobey tried to get a motion through the Gloucester City Council that would have instructed the city to pursue the removal of the city-owned I-4,C-2 parcel from the state’s Designated Port Area.

The result last December, at least from Tobey’s standpoint, was not pretty. The council delivered an electoral haymaker, voting 8-1 to quash his motion.

But Tobey and those seeking relief from the DPA’s constraints received at least a shred of redemption Tuesday night when much of the council reversed field on the issue, voting 5-4 to approve his motion to file a home rule petition with the Massachusetts Legislature to cherry-pick the undeveloped I-4,C-2 site on Rogers Street out of the city DPA.

“This one I think I can support,” said councilor-at-large Robert Whynott. “It’s time. We need to say, ‘OK, we’ve tried and now it’s time to try something different’.”

The 5-4 vote, while indicating a shifting allegiance from the DPA and mounting frustration among some councilors with the constraints on development that have handcuffed the city since buying the site in June 2010 for $1.5 million, still leaves the removal of I-4, C-2 a steep longshot.

First, it needs the signature of Mayor Carolyn Kirk, who said Wednesday she has not made up her mind whether to sign the measure.

“I haven’t come to any conclusions,” Kirk said. “My inclination is we need more consensus and I intend to see where we can find more common ground.”

That common ground on how to proceed with I-4,C-2, she said, might better exist within the context of ongoing deliberations of the Harbor Plan Committee and the DPA boundary review currently being conducted by the city and the Coastal Zone Management state agency.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest Cape Ann News

Pictures of the Week
Your news, your way
Comments Tracker
AP Video Network
Raw: Obama Tours Gyeongbok Palace Swimmer Michael Phelps Back in Competition Raw: Obama Lays Korean War Memorial Wreath Obama Leads Naturalization Ceremony in Seoul Calif. School Bus Crash Hurts Driver, 11 Kids Country Club for Exotic Cars Little Science Behind 'Pollen Vortex' Prediction US Proposes Pay-for-priority Internet Standards Wife Mourns Chicago Doctor Killed in Afghanistan FDA Proposes Regulations on E-cigarettes Kerry Warns Russia of Expensive New Sanctions Mideast Peace Talks Stall on Hamas Deal Cody Walker Remembers His Late Brother Paul Grieving South Korea Puts Up Yellow Ribbons Raw: Kerry Brings His Dog to Work Raw: Girls Survive Car Crash Into Their Bedroom Three U.S. Doctors Killed by Afghan Security Yankees' Pineda Suspended 10 Games for Pine Tar Colleagues Mourn Death of Doctors in Afghanistan Ukraine Launches Operation Against Insurgents