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Worcester will pay $70 million of the $101 million cost to build a Canal District ballpark for the future home of the Pawtucket Red Sox, which will enable the team to not have to pay any property taxes on the facility. The stadium will be the anchor for a $240-million public-private redevelopment of a large portion of the Canal District, which also includes hotels and apartments -- each getting their own tax breaks. Cities elsewhere in New England like Lowell; Hartford, Conn.; and Manchester, N.H. have attempted to use municipally owned stadiums as anchors for private developments.
Should Worcester and other Central Mass. communities build more pro sports facilities to spur economic development?
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01/24/19 AT 08:09 PM
What a waste of money, and they shouldn't be getting ONE PENNY of a tax break.

01/23/19 AT 11:14 AM
Let's get some history under our belt on the Sox project. Then maybe we'll know more about actual positive impact.

01/23/19 AT 11:14 AM
This deal might have the clout to help revitalize Worcester. Generally against big tax breaks but we need to get Worcester to become the mid-state economic center it should be.
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