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The Worcester Redevelopment Authority is exploring acquiring the Midtown Mall, possibly by eminent domain, to market the building to a developer. The low-cost space downtown is largely occupied by small businesses, primarily owned by minorities. The city would provide relocation assistance for displaced businesses. A WRA public hearing on the building is set for April 4.
Should the Worcester Redevelopment Authority acquire the Midtown Mall to bring in a higher-end developer?
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03/28/19 AT 11:55 AM
Ideally the mall would address the the structural issues .inside and out that the current owner won't do, but maintain its lower income businesses for both store owners and customers. The new businesses in the area although nice are not cheap.

03/28/19 AT 11:55 AM
Mr Marcus' properties are bringing down the value of downtown areas in other cities in MA as well. He refuses to improve them, and it is affecting local economies. The city should take the property, and build some affordable spaces into it to encourage business start-ups/growth.

03/26/19 AT 12:01 PM
We need to, as a city, bring up neglected locations to connect with renovated and new properties to make the city more attractive to business and people looking for new place to live.

03/26/19 AT 12:01 PM
The WRA should not be allowed to take someone's property just because they don't like the way the owner operates his property. Eminent domain's purpose is when the government takes property for public use, not to resell the property to another developer to generate more tax revenue for the city.

03/26/19 AT 12:01 PM
Why is the question always "should we take from someone"

03/26/19 AT 12:01 PM
The rest of Front street needs to follow suit.

03/26/19 AT 12:01 PM
There may be something to learn from the Providence Place experience.

03/26/19 AT 12:01 PM
I used to work at the corner of Commercial and Front and only wandered into that building once in 4 years. Time to leave old Worcester slum lords in the review mirror.

Jsj

03/26/19 AT 12:02 PM
The owner has been uncooperative for a long while and has not lived up to his promises. The city needs to move forward and it will relocate those small businesses to other locations where they can prosper.
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