'Rum Hill Avenue' Development Planned off Plantation Street in Worcester

 by Patrick SargentAugust 1, 2022

WORCESTER - A proposed subdivision off of Plantation Street in Worcester includes eight duplexes or split townhouses and two single-family homes, creating a new city street, Rum Hill Avenue.

The site for the proposed 18-lot development is 149 Plantation St., a three-acre lot running aside LaPierre Street with the rear of the lot behind homes on Orient Street.

Rum Hill Avenue is a proposed cul-de-sac and will include six of the semi-detached homes and the two single-family homes. The two other proposed semi-detached homes will face Plantation Street at the corner of LaPierre Street.

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View of Plantation Street lot from Ingleside Avenue/Patrick Sargent for ThisWeekinWorcester.com

The land at 149 Plantation St. is owned by Yoram Benniam of Hartford, Conn., according to city records. Benniam bought the lot, as well as the adjacent lot at 2 LaPierre St., in May 2021 for $630,000.

Each duplex residence will be roughly 4,000 square feet and the proposed single-family homes about 7,000 square feet.

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The view from the corner of LaPierre Street and Ridge Street in Worcester/Patrick Sargent for ThisWeekinWorcester.com

Benniam submitted an application and plans for the proposed subdivision to the City of Worcester’s Planning Board in mid-June. The plans were scheduled to be presented to the Planning Board on July 20, but the presentation was postponed to Aug. 17 and they extended the constructive grant deadline to Dec. 1, 2022.

Last fall, the former Plantation Club building at nearby 151 Plantation St. was torn down, but the property isn’t included in the new development. The lot is owned by Modern Structures, Inc., according to city records.

The Plantation Street and LaPierre Street lots are directly across the street from Worcester’s oldest house, the Captain Benjamin Flagg House, at 136 Plantation St. The Flagg house was built in 1717.

Lead image: View of Plantation Street heading east toward Belmont Street. To the left is the proposed lot for development/Patrick Sargent for ThisWeekinWorcester.com

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