Worcester Infill and Small Developments

ctsketch

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Looking into this a bit is this the first new inventory of public housing in the state in decades? Usually they demolish old buildings and replace them with new ones, but it seems that this was just an abandoned lot before that now has new public housing on it. If so this is good to see.
This is 30-60% AMI housing by a community group, not Worcester Housing Authority. But WHA has a micro housing apartment building for the chronically unhoused in the works

 

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It appears that the days of the Denholm department store building on Main Street are numbered. The redevelopment authority bought the building for $3 million after it was without power for weeks due to deferred maintenance. It was housing offices of various non profit organizations. An RFP favors demolition and redevelopment as housing/mixed use.

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In its heyday:
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What is striking in those preceding pics is the mass of people on Main St. Of course, that was before urban sprawl and malls. Today, downtown Worcester is void of people with the possible exception of restaurant activity around Franklin and Front streets.
 
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I liked the older version of Denholm's. It had a German Modernist vibe style.

It is striking to see so many people back then shopping on Main Street. It was before my time as my first memories start in the early 1980's when I attended college in the city. We however had an active Worcester Center Galleria mall with departments stores (JM and Filene's) and several cinema options downtown back then. These sadly exist no where within in the borders of the entire city of Worcester these days.
 
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