Thank you for your patience as we strive to continue planning efforts and perform essential departmental functions in the face of the on-going health crisis.
STAFFING OF PLANNING AND REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY DEPARTMENT
As of March 17, 2020, personnel are staffing the Planning Board/ Woburn Redevelopment Authority (WRA) office during regular City Hall business hours. Until City Hall reopens to the public, please refer to the tabs below for the forms and instructions needed to file subdivisions, subdivision approval not required (ANR) plans and special permit applications. Information and applications for sign grants and façade loans are available on the WRA’s webpage.
Please call the office at (781) 897-5817 if you have any questions relative to a prospective filing of any kind or to arrange for delivery of an application to City Hall.
Please direct WRA-related inquires to Mr. Dan Orr ([email protected] or 781-897-5816); all other inquiries should be directed to (781) 897-5817.
** NOTICE: U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION (SBA) EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE TO SMALL BUSINESSES / COVID-19 PANDEMIC **
On Tuesday April 7, 2020 the City of Woburn participated in a roundtable discussion involving representatives of the U.S. Small Business Association and the new grant/loan programs that agency is offering to small businesses trying to weather the on-going health crisis.
Small businesses, private non-profit organizations, worker cooperatives, sole proprietors, independent contractors, and tribal businesses, all with fewer than 500 employees, that have been financially impacted as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) since Jan. 31, 2020, may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) to meet financial obligations and operating expenses. Businesses that receive an EIDL between January 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020, as a result of a COVID-19 disaster declaration, are also eligible to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan or may refinance their EIDL into a PPP Loan. In either case, the emergency EIDL grant award of up to $10,000 will be subtracted from the amount forgiven in a PPP Loan.
The U.S. SBA’s PowerPoint presentation may be found here: EIDL Presentation April 7, 2020
In addition, here are some helpful links to the regulations for the Payment Protection Program (PPP) and questions frequently asked about it. A link to enroll in the SBA’s MA District Office’s newsletter is also provided below.
Regulations for PPP: The Interim Final Rule announcing the Paycheck Protection Program information is being posted in advance of publication in the Federal Register. The official version will appear in the Federal Register. Click here to download.
SBA MADO Newsletter that includes EIDL FAQs: Coronavirus Relief Options and FAQs
Inquiries may be addressed to:
Lisa Gonzalez Welch
Economic Development Specialist
Massachusetts District Office
U.S. Small Business Administration
Office: (617) 565-5588
Cell: (202) 853-2558
The Woburn Redevelopment Authority (WRA) is an independent municipal urban renewal authority established by the City of Woburn in 1961 in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 121B. The WRA is governed by five members, four of whom are appointed by the Mayor and one by the Governor. The Authority functions as the City’s community development agency under an agreement with the City of Woburn executed in 2000.
The WRA typically meets on the last Tuesday of every month at 5:00 p.m. in the City Council Committee Room on the first floor of City Hall.
2020 WRA Meeting Schedule