December 28, 2016

O’Day and Chandler pushing land bill to bring biologics firm LakePharma, ‘150 jobs’ to Worcester

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Massachusetts State House

BOSTON — Area lawmakers are fast-tracking legislation to facilitate the expansion of a California biologics company into Worcester.

The bill (H 4774), filed just earlier this month, emerged Tuesday morning from the House Ways and Means Committee and was whisked through the House by noon. Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler, D-Worcester, said she hoped to shepherd the bill through the Senate on Tuesday.

After visiting Chandler’s office before the Tuesday, Dec. 27, House and Senate sessions, bill sponsor Rep. James O’Day, D-West Boylston, told State House News Service the bill affects a 44-acre, state-owned parcel on the Worcester Recovery Center grounds and would enable the city to effectuate a “logical extension” of the city’s biotech park and attract LakePharma, a San Francisco-based biologics company.

Watch: Rep. O’Day talks LakePharma Worcester expansion


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