WORCESTER — The plan to turn the former Telegram & Gazette building into a downtown center for college classrooms, a theater and a cafe today added furnished office space to the mix.

And the byzantine $37 million financing deal for the project patched together with a coalition of community banks, quasi-public agencies and a local development group now includes a $1 million grant from a federal development agency to pay for the fit out of the office space.

Worcester Business Development Corp. President Craig L. Blais described the new office space aspect of the project as a business incubator where small and start-up companies can take root and begin to grow for a year or two before moving on to a permanent location elsewhere in the city.

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