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Residents review downtown Theatre District master plan

By Steven H. Foskett Jr. TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF

 

WORCESTER— Residents offered praise, ideas, suggestions and critiques at a community forum Wednesday night for the Theatre District master plan.

More than 100 people attended the forum at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts to get a look at — and a crack at — the master plan, which re-imagines the 30 downtown acres from the Hanover Theatre to the Worcester Public Library to the Mid-Town Mall to Main Street.

The plan, a joint effort by the city and the Worcester Business Development Corp., envisions the neighborhood as a vibrant district where, as Skip Smallridge from the design firm Crosby Schlessinger Smallridge put it, people will “live, work, study and play.”

Last Updated (Thursday, 04 April 2013 05:05)

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Master plan envisions ‘vibrant’ theater district

By Richard Duckett TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
 

WORCESTER � An ambitious “Theatre District Master Plan” envisions a revitalized “18-hour” mixed-use neighborhood, “supporting a vibrant entertainment and cultural environment” that would be created in part by substantial renovations of existing space and buildings and even demolition and new construction in the downtown area.

The 82-page draft master plan prepared for the Worcester Business Development Corp., in association with the city’s Executive Office of Economic Development, has recently been released and is available online at www.worcesterma.gov. The city will hold a community meeting in January for public comment and the plan will be submitted to the City Council for its review.


Specific dates for meetings had not been announced as of last week. A round-table discussion about some of the plan’s proposals was held last month at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, 2 Southbridge St.

Last Updated (Thursday, 04 April 2013 05:06)

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Downtown Worcester hockey rink plan no sure shot

Icy response from some activists

 

By Shaun Sutner and Thomas Caywood TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
 

WORCESTER � A proposal to build a two-rink indoor hockey complex next to the city's main library is drawing opposition from some library supporters who fear the loss of parking at the downtown facility and others who question the size and design of the project.

The plan, which has not yet been formally presented to the City Council or zoning board, is being quietly promoted by the Worcester Business Development Corp. as a way to bring activity to the section of downtown, which, despite steady traffic at the library, is largely deserted at night and on weekends.

People in the area's hockey community — where the idea has circulated for a few years — say there is a strong market for ice time locally among college and high school teams that now use two 40-year-old state-owned rinks in the area or travel to a private six-rink Marlboro complex for practice and games.

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Growth requires partnerships

AS I SEE IT - Telegram & Gazette

 

By: Craig L. Blais

       President & CEO, WBDC

       President, New Garden Park, Inc.

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The Telegram & Gazette has called downtown Worcester its home since the turn of the 20th century. As one of the prominent buildings within the downtown, the Telegram & Gazette building is now faced with the opportunity to utilize its strong history of industry and invention to make great strides toward new crusades in the innovative industries of the future — biotechnology, life sciences, health care, and higher education.

Worcester's downtown is at a critical crossroads. To ensure its success, our community must work together.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 11 July 2012 15:31)

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Growth requires partnerships

AS I SEE IT - Telegram & Gazette

 

By Craig L. Blais

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The Telegram & Gazette has called downtown Worcester its home since the turn of the 20th century. As one of the prominent buildings within the downtown, the Telegram & Gazette building is now faced with the opportunity to utilize its strong history of industry and invention to make great strides toward new crusades in the innovative industries of the future — biotechnology, life sciences, health care, and higher education.

Worcester's downtown is at a critical crossroads. To ensure its success, our community must work together.

Last Updated (Thursday, 04 April 2013 05:06)

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