This Saturday, Future Scenarios for 95 Grand

This coming Saturday, January 10th at 10 am at the Boys & Girls Club, there will be a presentation and discussion of strategies for neighborhood-wide sustainability and for re-use and redevelopment of 95 Grand Streets.

The preliminary scenarios have been revised and incorporate your feedback and the work done over the past several months with the walkability audit and energy workshop.

Come be part of the discussion and presentation this Saturday.  Refreshments will be served.

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Energy Savings Tips

At the Energy Workshop, a variety of energy saving tips and how to save money were reviewed and presented.   The presentation and infographic provide helpful information on reducing your electric and heating bills, as well as your carbon footprint.   Click on the file below for more information.

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WORCESTER ENERGY SAVING INFOGRAPHICS (Spanish)

WORCESTER ENERGY SAVING INFOGRAPHICS

WORCESTER ENERGY SAVINGS INFOGRAPHICS (Vietnamese)

Local resources that can help you save energy and assist on utility bills include:

Worcester Community Action,  508 754-1156

MassSaves, 1-800-632-8200

The Sustainability Hub at 912 Main Street is where you can see energy saving devices.  The Sustainability Hub is a resource center on sustainability and the smart grid.

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Final Presentation: January 10, 2015

The final presentation of scenarios for the Grand Loom Works Project has been scheduled for January 10, 2015, 10am – 11:30am at the Boys & Girls Club on Tainter Street.

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Reminder! Energy Workshop Saturday

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Whether you are renter, a homeowner, or a property/ business owner, you can save money on utility bills.  Come to the Energy Workshop on Saturday, November 15th at the Boys & Girls Club.  Learn how you can save money on your utility bills with energy conservation and renewable energy.  Programs and incentives to help you save money and use less energy will be discussed, along with neighborhood-wide strategies. Refreshments will be served.

Español: energy_espanol
Việt: energy_viet

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Upcoming Meeting Dates Announced

Dates have been set for the upcoming meetings for the Grand Loom Works Project:

Energy Workshop:  Saturday, November 15, 2014
Come find out how you can save energy in your home and learn about neighborhood-wide energy concepts.

Final Presentation Saturday, January 10, 2015
Join us as we review the Sustainable Communities Redevelopment Project findings and recommendations.

 

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93 Grand Street Groundbreaking Ceremony

Grand Loomworks project. Image TCB Inc.

Grand Loomworks project rendering. Image: TCB Inc.

Progress is underway in the Grand Loom Works project area! On Monday, August 18th the Worcester Loomworks residences at 93 Grand Street broke ground. The Community Builders (TCB), a non-profit community housing developer, has begun work to convert the vacant 1.7 acre Crompton Knowles mill building site into 94 units of affordable housing.

The project will be developed in two phases: an initial phase of 39 one, two and three-bedroom units and a later phase of 32 one and two-bedroom units. A portion of the units in both phases will include housing for special needs households.

Groundbreaking ceremony at 93 Grand Street. Image: Facebook.com/DestinationWorcester.

Groundbreaking ceremony at 93 Grand Street. Image: Facebook.com/DestinationWorcester.

Congressman Jim McGovern, Undersecretary Aaron Gornstein of the Mass Department of Housing & Community Development, City Manager Ed Augustus, Dwayne Marsh, the Senior Advisor for national HUD Office of Economic Resilience were on hand for the ceremonial breaking ground. Bart Mitchell, head of TCB, Tom Gleason of MassHousing, Roger Herzog of the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC) participated, as well.   Kristine Foye, the Acting Regional Administration for HUD Region 1 also attended.

The Worcester Loomworks housing project is a part of the Grand Loom Works Sustainable Communities Challenge Grant program, funded by the US Department of Housing and Community Development (HUD). The Worcester Loomworks also received funding through the HUD Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). Additionally, Worcester Loomworks received loan assistance from MassDevelopment, a grant from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, administered by MassHousing for the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), and financing assistance from the City of Worcester and the CEDAC.

Find out more about the Worcester Loomworks at:

Boston Globe http://bit.ly/1ryD2AK
Multifamily Housing News http://bit.ly/1qso7oT
BisNow Boston http://bit.ly/VMEDnT
MassHousing Blog http://bit.ly/YWNm8W

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Walkability Workshop in the News

Two articles are available on the April Walkability Workshop, one in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette and one in Worcester Magazine. Read them at:

http://www.telegram.com/article/20140424/NEWS/304249754/1242/mobile?TEMPLATE=MOBILE

http://worcestermag.com/2014/04/24/talk-put-walking-worcester-expert-points-way/22782

Photo by PAUL CONNORS, Worcester Telegraph & Gazette

Photo by PAUL CONNORS, Worcester Telegraph & Gazette

 

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Energy Workshop

The next Grand Loom Works project meeting will be held in early autumn and will focus on energy conservation and sustainability.  An update to the project schedule will be posted in mid-July with details on a date and location for the meeting.
Enjoy the summer!

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Save the Date: Wednesday, May 28th

The next Community Workshop for the Grand Loom Works project will be on Wednesday, May 28th at 7 pm.  We will meet at the Woo Church (also known as the Pilgrim Church) at 911 Main Street.

The focus of the May 28th workshop will be to review and discuss alternative development scenarios for 95 Grand Street and for overall neighborhood connectivity and sustainability.

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