Worcester CitySquare project eyes vacant lots for new apartments

CitySquare at Front and Mercantile streets.

WORCESTER — Residential housing could rise from the last two vacant lots in the $565 million CitySquare project in downtown Worcester.

A 1.69-acre lot at 5 Salem Square, at Church and Franklin streets, and a lot at Front and Mercantile streets across from the AC Hotel and above a city parking garage have piqued some interest over the years and more recently as a property to develop residential housing. 

Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce President Timothy Murray said over the last several years developers have knocked on the city’s and investment firm Opus’ doors inquiring about the parcels, but the decision to choose the “right development” weighs heavy on their shoulders.

“Certainly residential has been a big focus, both market-rate and affordable for us to create an 18-hour downtown seven days a week,” he said. “You want density and so the right type of residential that may include market-rate and affordable (housing) is something we would be generally supportive of and have been. But I can’t comment on what specifically they’ve agreed to or not,” he said of the city and Opus’ search for a developer.

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