WORCESTER – A demolition order has been issued for the former Barbers Crossing Restaurant on West Boylston St. The period for the owner to appeal the order has expired with no action taken by the owner. The order allows the city to demolish the building that has sat vacant since the restaurant closed its Worcester doors in 2006.
“I’d like to thank the City Manager and his team for addressing this property and for understanding the safety risks and economic impact it has had on this very promising corridor of our city,” District 1 City Councilor Sean Rose said in an email on Sunday, March 4 to ThisWeekinWorcester.com.
Rose filed an order at the Jan. 30 City Council meeting to review options for the property. He stated that the Economic Development of the West Boylston Street corridor was a priority for him during his first term. He envisions the area turning into a Shrewsbury St.-like ‘Restaurant Row.’
The property is owned by Louise Zottoli of Holden, according to city records. The owners were not immediately available for comment.
Rose believes that the residents of his district have not fully bought into the idea of a “Worcester Renaissance” when properties such as the Barbers Crossing remained vacant and in irreparable shape for over a decade.
“I’m elated for the residents in Greendale and the Burncoat community,” Rose said. “It’s been really difficult for this community to believe in the progress of the city given they’ve had to observe the deterioration of this structure for fifteen years.”
ThisWeekinWorcester.com will update this story with a timetable for demolition of the building.