Work to Begin on Redesign of Downtown Worcester’s Carroll Plaza

Work to Begin on Redesign of Downtown Worcester’s Carroll Plaza

WORCESTER – Contractors began removing trees today at the Francis Carroll Plaza in downtown Worcester to prepare for the space’s coming reconstruction.

According to the City of Worcester, as part of the ongoing reconstruction of Main Street, contractors will begin to remove other infrastructure next week at the Carroll Plaza, including the non-functional fountain and colonnade feature.

The City is aiming to turn Carroll Plaza into a public space for active use [see rendering above] for residents, visitors and cultural partners.

The project is being led by BETA Group in collaboration with artist Ross Miller, who is developing a signature public art installation for the plaza space. 

The plaza’s fountain and colonnade will be removed, but both items will be repurposed in another area of the city. How the fountain will be reused is still under consideration. 

The preliminary conceptual design process is near completion with the participation of the Hanover Theatre, the Theatre District Alliance, the Tower Hill Botanic Garden, and city staff, and has included outreach to the Federal Courthouse and neighboring stakeholders in the Federal Square area.

The City anticipates that a public meeting will be held as soon as June to review the design of the plaza and to allow community feedback.

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