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Old 04-14-2017, 03:34 AM   #281
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Citing projects that succeeded in Europe doesn't help your case because they're not realistic for Worcester.

Sorry, but preservation be damned, this isn't one of the buildings in the city worth saving. Downtown Worcester needs a massive injection of housing and this parcel is a huge piece of that puzzle.
Worcester has no shortage of underutilized downtown parcels to build housing on. There just needs to be more investment in housing.

I think someone should build a hotel around/in this church. Would that not make for a bad ass hotel lobby?

*I hope a hotel developer reads this and thinks it's a good idea.*
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Old 04-14-2017, 07:53 AM   #282
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Exactly. I don't see how this church is impeding downtown redevelopment. Keep it around a few more years, once the area is revitalized they'll find use for it. Perhaps a fancy marijuana dispensery la Brookline bank.
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Old 04-18-2017, 07:11 PM   #283
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Worcester has no shortage of underutilized downtown parcels to build housing on. There just needs to be more investment in housing.
+1! It would be cool if they renovated the interior and turned it to a food court.!
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Old 06-14-2017, 05:23 PM   #284
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http://www.telegram.com/news/2017061...-kelley-square

http://www.wbjournal.com/article/201...170619981/1002

Farmers Market and Apartments, 4 story development for the Canal District in Worcester. This would really improve the aesthetics of Kelly Square along with getting more residents in the neighborhood. This will be a great win for the neighborhood and the city when its actually built.
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Old 06-15-2017, 03:41 PM   #285
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Should've gone for a little bit more height in this location. It's very transit friendly to Union Station. The whole Canal District / Kelley Square area should be up zoned.
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Old 06-26-2017, 09:48 AM   #286
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Should've gone for a little bit more height in this location. It's very transit friendly to Union Station. The whole Canal District / Kelley Square area should be up zoned.
Transit or not, it's basically the downtown of a city. So I agree.
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Old Yesterday, 02:19 PM   #287
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Attempt #2 at developing the courthouse:

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Worcester picks $53M development for old courthouse

BY GRANT WELKER

A $53-million project with 125 apartment units and retail has been chosen by the city to be built at the long-vacant Worcester County Courthouse, city officials announced Monday.

The development, from the Boston firm Trinity Financial, would help revitalize the city's Lincoln Square area, which has several grand but empty buildings, including the Worcester Memorial Auditorium and the former Boys & Girls Club. The city is also working to find new uses for both of those sites.

The Worcester County Courthouse site is proposed to be reborn as the Courthouse Lofts, with its 125 units split evenly between market-rate and affordable units. Several retail spaces are also envisioned, but Trinity representatives said exact details are being determined. Work is slated to begin in the fall of 2018 and be complete by the summer of 2020. Trinity agreed to buy the 4.3-acre courthouse site from the city for $1.3 million.

"We're tremendously excited about this," said Patrick Lee, a principal at Trinity.

Lee said he hadn't been to Worcester for several years and was impressed by the city. He and other Trinity representatives said they were attracted to the site because of its historical character and development potential. It is the firm's first project in the city.

"Worcester has all of the things that we look for," said Kenan Bigby, one of the company's managing directors, referring to Worcester's growing vitality.

The oldest part of the courthouse, the Greek Revival building on Main Street, was built in 1843 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A rear addition by Harvard Street, which was built in 1954, will remain as part of the project but will be entirely redone. Trinity officials said they haven't yet determined market-rate prices, but said affordable units will be set aside for those earning 60 percent or less of the area's median income.

The project is expected to use historic tax credits, private debt and other funding sources, Trinity said.

Trinity's proposal, one of four received by the city earlier this year, is the second go-around for remaking the nearly 250,000-square-foot courthouse, which has been vacant since its replacement opened a decade ago a few blocks down Main Street. Brady Sullivan Properties, the New Hampshire firm that bought the property from the city in 2015 for $1.2 million with plans for 115 apartments, backed out last December.
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Old Yesterday, 04:02 PM   #288
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In that loft: a 20-something artist who owns a $5,000 chair and no kitchen equipment. Probably not the affordable unit.
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