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Updated: May 2, 2022 / The Power 50 for 2022

2022 Power 50: Denis Dowdle

Photo | Courtesy of Madison Properties Denis Dowdle, president of Madison Properties, in Boston
Denis Dowdle Title President Company Madison Properties, in Boston  Residence Newton College University of Wisconsin Read all the 2020 Power 50 profiles here
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Although Denis Dowdle’s developments in Worcester are still more on paper than in steel, his proposed six-building project across from the Polar Park baseball stadium remains one of the most influential developments in the city.

Madison Properties’ ambitious plan promises to have a transformative effect on the Canal District – once complete. It includes hotel, residential, and commercial buildings, all of which were pitched before the coronavirus pandemic and have since undergone downsizing and extensive delays. The hotel, for example, dropped from 262 rooms opening in 2022 to 125 rooms opening in 2025. Still, the project carries immense sway in Worcester; it is located within the ballpark tax district, meaning its property taxes will go toward paying off the $160-million public stadium.

Dowdle’s wavering promises, if anything, have proven his power over the city, which is now dependent on his success to pay off its massive investment in Polar Park. Additionally, while his projects have been delayed and downsized, two other major development projects from different firms have spawned in the tax district, which should help make up for the Madison losses: a seven-story residential building at the former Cove Music Hall and a 400-unit, six-phase development at the former Table Talk Pies headquarters.

What sets the Central Mass. business community apart from the rest of the world? The location in the center of the state. The road network of all major highways. Lower housing cost compared to Eastern Massachusetts. Rail access and an airport.

Windy City: I was born in Chicago.

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May 2, 2022

Lots of moving parts based on lots of assumptions in uncertain times...We shall see.

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