About the Grand Loom Works Project

Project Background

The Loom Works Livability and Crompton & Knowles Redevelopment Project is focused on developing an economically viable development plan for the redevelopment of 95 Grand Street and a sustainability and connectivity plan and vision for the balance of the 8 acre Crompton & Knowles Loom Works site and the Main South neighborhood overall. This project is funded through a Sustainable Communities Challenge Planning Grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded to the City of Worcester.  A separate component of the grant is helping fund the redevelopment of 93 Grand Street into affordable housing.

The planning process will actively involve community residents and other stakeholders in fashioning a preferred scenario for the redevelopment of the vacant, 2.4 acre, City-owned brownfield site at 95 Grand Street; the creation of a master plan for the compatible integration and utilization of the remaining Loom Works buildings; and a sustainable development vision for the adjacent neighborhood.

95 Grand Street objectives:

  • Engage local residents in planning for the redevelopment of the site in a manner that is compatible with the neighborhood and add to the employment opportunities in the area.
  • Determine the viability of suggested development scenarios.
  • Produce a master plan for the redevelopment of the site that is considerate of both community input and the requirement that it be financially feasible.

Crompton & Knowles Neighborhood objectives:

  • Develop a comprehensive neighborhood sustainability and connectivity plan that integrates the redevelopment of the mill complex into the ongoing revitalization efforts in the adjacent neighborhood.
  • Work to improve existing neighborhood infrastructure, amenities and green space within HUD’S Livability Principles to develop a plan that:
    -  increases connectivity to downtown Worcester, Clark University, surrounding neighborhoods, and other adjacent resources;
    -  improves the pedestrian environment and increases the use of alternative means of transport, such as transit, bike facilities and car share programs;
    -  and improves access to and utilization of recreational space including University Park, the new Boys and Girls club, and the new Clark University athletic fields.
  • Create a strategic revitalization plan to achieve the objectives stated above.

 

The Sustainable Communities Challenge Planning Grant

The Sustainable Communities Challenge Planning Grant funding was secured as part of a national grant competition with the support of from Congressman McGovern. The grant was awarded to the City of Worcester who serves as the fiscal agent.