May 21, 2018

Construction begins on $21M Kelley Square building

Photo/Grant Welker
Construction has started on Harding Green, a building that will include 48 apartments over retail space and a planned food market.

Construction has started on a $21-million mixed-use building taking over the dirt parking lot in Worcester's Kelley Square.

The four-story building, called Harding Green, will feature 48 apartments above 20,000 square feet of retail spaces and a food market that is planned to include 30 to 40 retail vendors.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, featuring Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Worcester City Manager Edward Augustus and Allen Fletcher, developer of the project.

The wedge-shaped site has been simply a dirt parking lot since buildings on the site were torn down in 2011. It sits between the city's most notorious crowded intersection and Crompton Place, home to BirchTree Bread Co., Crompton Collective and other retailers.

Harding Green follows behind another major Canal District project completed last year just two blocks up Harding Street. The $18-million Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center includes two hockey rinks for local teams, a gym, medical offices and two restaurants.

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