For years, city officials and baseball fans have targeted 2021 in the Canal District, the year Polar Park would host its first Worcester Red Sox game.
Despite COVID-19 and a shortened season, Minor League Baseball has drawn more than 300,000 fans to Worcester. Total does not include other stadium events, including wine and festivals, college football and high school graduation ceremonies.
As the schedule turns to 2022, the ripple effects of the more than $ 150 million project continue to trickle down to the Canal District. While many have remained off the radar in 2021, this year hundreds of millions of dollars in development will start to take shape.
“Last year was the anticipation of the stadium opening. I think this year you will start to see the development that the baseball stadium has created, “said City Manager Edward Augustus Jr ..” I think there will be a lot of demos, openings and milestones around. from the baseball stadium. “
Almost Done or Done
Apartments on Water Street
Filling the recently vacant former furniture store next to the Canal Lofts, 62 units are slated to open this year.
The project is under the supervision of Rossi Development Inc., based in Boston. The facelift of the building includes studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units.
Each unit features white quartz countertops, herringbone tiling in the bathrooms, and modern light fixtures. All are equipped with a bathroom, an in-unit laundry room, access to a fitness center, bike racks and a dog park.
Parking is also available behind the building near the dog park, but there are less than 25 spaces.
The units facing Harding Street also offer stunning views of the city skyline.
The layouts differ from unit to unit due to the historic nature of the building.
Studios start at $ 1,295, one-bedroom units start at $ 1,495, and two-bedroom units start at $ 1,895.
When the Worcester Public Market opened in February 2020, initial plans called for an oyster bar with a separate entrance along Harding Street.
Almost two years later, the seafood restaurant is expected to open.
Jason Midwood, who also owns Pasta Mani in the market, said Atlantis is expected to open in early 2022. He had hoped the seafood restaurant would open in late 2021.
Atlantis will carry many of the characteristics that made Pasta Mani so successful.
Midwood will create an almost weekly menu to ensure freshness. The restaurant will also offer seating outside the food court. Pasta Mani is the only public market restaurant without a private entrance that includes seating outside the food court.
Midwood plans to bring in fresh cuisine not found anywhere else in town, including taking inspiration from the trend for canned seafood to be served with drinks, branzino, and Mediterranean sea urchins.
The public market will also launch two new suppliers in 2022, replacing vacancies left by Jennifer Lee’s Bakery and Stillman’s Farm. Jennifer Lee’s bakery is slated to open in its new Cambridge Street location at the end of the month.
The Pon de ring style donuts are expected to arrive in the Canal District in 2022. Mochi Doh has yet to announce an official opening date, but the restaurant’s exterior continues to evolve.
A wall mural features Japanese pon de ring donuts that bring the exterior of the structure to life on Harding Street.
The location is across from the parking lot at Worcester Public Market and Crompton Place.
General picket place
The car park, which formerly had 65 spaces, will be transformed into a pedestrian square.
The land behind Polar Park on Green Street will become a much more active space with landscaping, trees, improved lighting and drainage, benches, bike racks and a water feature that pays homage to the Blackstone Canal.
The project is funded by a $ 3.5 million grant from MassWorks.
Important works from 2022
Table Talk Pies Building
Boston Capital Development LLC officially takes control of the Kelley Square location from Table Talk Pies in 2022. The multi-family housing investment firm plans to have shovels in the ground in early 2022 to begin the first phase of development. a multi-phase, multi-year project that includes retail, affordable housing, market-priced housing and even the creation of a new road.
Boston Capital has released some plans for its first phase of construction, which involves an investment of $ 36 million to create about 80 affordable housing units in a six-story building. The units will consist of one, two and three bedroom apartments.
Early plans also include Boston Capital’s reestablishment of Spruce Street as a connection between Green Street and Washington Street. The plans will also keep the pie shop on Green Street.
Dan Benoit, a native of Worcester and an architect hired by Boston Capital, will undertake the design of affordable units for the first phase of the project which will include a six-story L-shaped building.
Rue de l’Or
It won’t be 13 stories as originally planned, but new plans for the old Cove Music Hall will start to take shape this year.
The new plans describe the building as a seven-story structure with 173 units and 186 rooms. Originally, when the town planning council listed details of the project in April, the developers described a 13-story structure with more than 300 residential units.
The 152 planned parking spaces are now set at 99, according to documents filed with the town planning council.
The building will consume an entire city block along Gold, Summit, Plymouth and Green streets.
It will include over 16,000 square feet of retail space that will be used for a pizzeria and bowling alley. The original plans called for approximately 30,000 square feet of retail space.
The amended documents describe the building as part of the historic fabric of the Canal District with a brick facade along the first two or three floors of the structure.
No area of land will be more occupied than the parcel across from Polar Park along Madison Street.
State and local officials celebrated, with Madison Properties, the grand opening of a biotech facility, a hotel and two housing complexes.
The project, on 12 acres of land, was tentatively called SOMA (South of Madison).
One of the two residential complexes will house 228 market-priced apartments that will offer studios, one, two and three bedroom units.
The work began in the fall of 2021 and will take 18 to 24 months. The rental to tenants will open at the end of this deadline, with the building scheduled to open in 2023.
A 350-space car park should open soon and should be operational for the second WooSox season. Not far from Madison, work is underway on a new gas station and a convenience store.