Save Notre Dame Alliance seeks to pack tonight’s Worcester City Council meeting

June 12, 2018
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Save Notre Dame Alliance seeks to pack tonight’s Worcester City Council meeting
Alliance calls on city’s 11 councilors to have the courage
to keep their word, and save Notre Dame
Big, vocal turnout being organized for Council meeting,
which begins at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall
Hey, Worcester City Council! Have the courage to keep your word! Save Notre Dame!

No risk, no reward! The Save Notre Dame Alliance calls upon the Worcester City Council to keep its promise to this city, and do what it can to save Notre Dame des Canadiens. We ask the City Council to acquire Notre Dame, secure it from further decline, and aggressively market it to private developers with the added incentive of a tax-increment-financing package, or TIF, as well as the possibility of direct public subsidy (in exchange for public participation and use) and the support of a philanthropic campaign led by the Save Notre Dame Alliance and Preservation Worcester.

Most of the city councilors agree that if we fail to save Notre Dame, downtown would lose one of its best buildings, and we would regret it. Many have promised they will fight this battle to the end. Now is the time for them to back up their words with action. Notre Dame is irreplaceable. They can take the easy, safe path, and settle for mediocrity downtown. Or, they can take a risk, aim high, and demonstrate the leadership and vision to preserve what’s great about Worcester.

The mayor’s recent statement has been reported in North Carolina, Kansas, Texas, California, Washington state, the United Kingdom, and Germany. And, we hope our response will be, too. This should be news far beyond Worcester-and now it is-because this is one of the most spirited preservation battles underway anywhere in the country right now. And, for good reason. Just look at Notre Dame.

Historic, Denzel Martinez, 2018
The world is watching, Worcester. Are we really going to destroy this irreplaceable landmark, in front of everyone? Really? We should be better than that. We call upon the City Council to show that we are!

“If Notre Dame is destroyed, we lose something irreplaceable and uniquely ours, and all involved will go forward forever diminished by its loss,” states Ted Conna, co-leader of the Save Notre Dame Alliance. “If we unite and work together to save Notre Dame, Worcester shows the world what we’re made of, and what is possible when Hanover, the city, and its passionate citizens decide to work together. I would much prefer to be telling the latter story, and to be joining forces to breathe new life into Notre Dame, rather than fighting over its death sentence.”

Direct quotes from eight of Worcester’s 11 city councilors:

Cathy Weaver Taylor, Save Notre Dame, 2018

Mayor Joe Petty: “There isn’t a person in this city who wants to see Notre Dame come down. Not one person.” (4/24/18)

Mo Bergman: “I look at downtown as if you’re meeting somebody and making your first impression. When you take a building like Notre Dame away, it’s like meeting someone and seeing that their beautiful teeth now have a hole in them. Without Notre Dame, downtown Worcester will never be the same. Modern architecture in no way replaces the architecture of yesteryear. I’ve never heard a regret that we shouldn’t have saved a building. I have heard many regrets on buildings that we didn’t save.”

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