Cranshaw Breaks Ground on Affordable Housing in Worcester
Cranshaw Construction has officially broken ground on the first phase of a planned multi-phase mixed-use development at 120 Washington Street in Worcester. Cranshaw Construction celebrated the milestone alongside city and state officials, developer Boston Capital Development and Worcester-based designer Benoit Design at a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, October 27, 2022. Speakers included Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty, Worcester District 2 Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson, Acting Worcester City Manager Eric Batista, Boston Capital Development Partner and Managing Director Rich Mazzocchi and Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce’s President and CEO Timothy Murray.
“This will be the first of multi-phase master plan which will include 83 units all of which will be affordable housing at below 60% of area median income (AMI),” said City of Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty. “This is a marquee space that will help serve as a gateway to the Canal District and Polar Park.” He went on to characterize the project as located in “a really vibrant part of our city” and added that it is “going to include 1,500 square feet of retail and the reconstruction of Spruce Street.” Future development phases will include additional retail space and approximately 300 more units of housing.
Worcester’s Acting City Manager Eric Batista stated, “This level of affordability is one of the most critical needs facing our city and the Commonwealth. We’re also appreciative that Boston Capital Development has committed above and beyond the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulatory requirements to provide 11 accessible units which is another dire need facing our community.” The project includes nine fully accessible units and two visual/hearing impaired units.
“We are proud to be a part of this important residential project in Worcester,” said Chris Iannelli, Principal of Cranshaw Construction. “Cranshaw has been working on this project with the city and Boston Capital for the past year and we are excited to start construction.”
The seven-story structural steel building includes one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and is expected to open in early 2024. The project sits on 1.5 acres of a larger four-acre parcel acquired from Table Talk Pies which relocated its production and distribution facility within Worcester. Boston Capital Development is planning additional phases to redevelop the site’s industrial use into a mixed-income, mixed-use development.
Pictured above (left to right): Ben Burgess, Construction Superintendent; Chris Iannelli, Principal; Travis Smith, Project Manager; and Michael Tor, Vice President of Field Operations.
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