WRA Acquires 4 Properties Needed to Complete Polar Park Project

by | May 2, 2019 | Headlines, Business, News, Sports

WORCESTER – The Worcester Redevelopment Authority (WRA) voted on Thursday to acquire all of the additional properties needed to complete the City’s Canal District Ballpark Project — Polar Park — in time to break ground on the new stadium this summer. 

With the exception of the former Wyman Gordon properties that are part of the project — which are subject to the approval of the Commonwealth’s Department of Housing and Community Development — the WRA have acquired four properties: 69 Washington Street (Worcester Ambulance LLC), 62 Washington Street (Worcester Ambulance LLC), a portion of 2 Plymouth Street (Bafaro Realty Company LLC) and 90 Washington Street (Herbert R. Rasnick and Joseph Bafaro, Trustees of 85 Green Street Trust).

“With the authorizations adopted today, the Worcester Redevelopment Authority continues to move the Ballpark Project forward in an expeditious manner,” said WRA Chair Vincent Pedone. “Assemblage of the properties needed for construction of the ballpark is a critical first step. The WRA is now poised to own all the properties needed in addition to the Wyman Gordon properties which will be conveyed by Madison Properties.”

In April, the WRA voted to acquire three other properties: 50 Washington Street, 127 Washington Street and 134 Madison St. 

As part of the acquisition of a portion of 2 Plymouth Street and 90 Washington Street, on Thursday the WRA also agreed to acquire additional properties that are related to and used in connection with those properties but are outside the limits of the ballpark site.

The total acquisition price of all these properties is $5.8M. The additional properties were part of the negotiated sale for the identified parcels that were needed for the project.

The additional properties include the remainder of 2 Plymouth Street, 5 Gold Street, 7 Gold Street, 85 Green Street, and 8 Gold Street. 

“From the start, the City has been working in partnership with us and is executing the project in a sensitive and humane way, taking into account our mission and the social services we provide,” said Michelle Smith, executive director of AIDS Project Worcester, which is currently located at 85 Green St. 

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