BEVERLY — A City Council committee is scheduled Monday night to take up an extraordinary resolution blasting business practices surrounding the controversial Depot Square II development proposal.
The measure stops short of naming any of the developer behind the dozens of limited liability corporations undertaking the $45 million project. It details a series of steps through which an affiliate of Windover Construction obtained $2 million in state and federal tax credits after promising to preserve a pair of buildings near the Beverly Depot — then disclosed plans to raze the buildings only after too much time had passed for the government to rescind the credits and seek related tax payments.
"This council condemns such corporate behavior as inconsistent with our community values," the resolution states, adding: "Businesses operating in the City of Beverly are expected to exercise good and responsible corporate citizenship and exercise civic honesty in the course of their business."
A lawyer for the developer, Miranda Gooding, declined comment on her client's behalf Sunday.
Ward 4 Councilor Scott Houseman, chairman of the Finance and Property Commitee and author of the measure, said in an interview Sunday that he deliberately avoided naming the developer because he wanted to focus attention on business practices rather than any individual or company.
The city Planning Board is scheduled on Nov. 19 to consider whether to issue the special permit that Depot Square LLC is seeking to let it proceed with the project.
Monday's committee meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The committee also is scheduled to take up complaints aired last week — mostly by members of the city's teachers' union — about the use of newly available state funds for purposes other than the school budget.