I attended Governor Patrick’s campaign event at the Boston Architectural College last Monday, and again asked to meet with him, to discuss the tax break he gave to Liberty Mutual to subsidize its new office tower. He had his aide, Haven Nichols, take my phone number. I have heard nothing.
I despair of getting to talk to the Governor. So I will use this forum to make my plea: How can we rescind this regrettable award, which is unjustified, unnecessary, and actually harmful to the office economy. LM’s project notification form reveals that LM will fill its new tower by shifting its employees from its current office space at Arlington/St James, which it will lease out. So we are giving away $38.5 million in public funds to subsidize the shuffle of a few workers around the block from one LM building to another, leaving the recently constructed building it bought just a few years ago to survive by cannibalizing other struggling commercial buildings in the city.
And I will add to this plea a Public Record Request, for all communications between the office of the Governor, Secretary Greg Bialecki, and any other state employee, and Liberty Mutual personnel, in the year preceding the March 31, 2010, state award.
I look forward to your response, Governor Patrick.