Manchester , NH 03105
Phone: (603) 669-8833
For Immediate Release
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
contact: Marshall Cobleigh
When Ray Wieczorek took office as Mayor of Manchester, the Manchester Millyard was as deserted as a bone yard. You could walk through it and never see a car or a pedestrian. Some claimed you could drive down Commercial Street at 80 miles per hour and nobody would notice. Today, it’s impossible to find a parking place and the teeming Millyard is full of small, medium and large businesses that feature good high-paying jobs. Parking slots are at a premium.
This did not happen by accident. When Wieczorek took over as mayor, the dormant Millyard had been largely vacant and under federal control for 20 years as a pa rticipant in the UDAG (Urban Development Action Grant) Federal Development Program. In 1986, Ray was one of five commissioners on the Manchester Housing and Redevelopment Authority when they turned the Millyard back to the city. When nothing much happened because it was zoned industrial at the federal government’s request,Ray, as the new mayor, met with the mill owners who requested that the industrial zoning requirement be changed. And unde r Ray’s leadership, the Manchester Millyard’s industrial zoning requirement was eliminated and all kinds of businesses were permitted in the vacant mills.
Later, Mayor Wieczorek met with the University of New Hampshire authorities and brought the University of New Hampshire at Manchester facility from Hackett Hill down into the Millyard. This action spurred the Millyard transformation.
The rest is history. It is one more example that wherever you go, you see results of Ray Wieczorek’s strong leadership and political courage. The Millyard is teeming with well-paid workers and the economy of Manchester is booming.
Under Wieczorek’s leadership, Manchester was transformed from a dying city when he took office in the early 1990s to Money Magazine’s #1 small city in the east. When Wieczorek took office, Manchester was ranked #296 out of 300 cities under 250,000 population.