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2024 Power 100: Mark Borenstein

A man in a suit Photo | Courtesy of Bowditch & Dewey Mark Borenstein, partner at Bowditch & Dewey
Mark Borenstein  Title Partner Company Bowditch & Dewey, in Worcester Employees 135 Residence Worcester Colleges University of Massachusetts Amherst, Western New England University School of Law Read all the Power 100 profiles here
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A growing region is going to need a lot of new development-related permits. That’s where Mark Borenstein comes in.

Borenstein has represented developers who are looking to permit hundreds of new housing units, helping Central Massachusetts address its shortage of housing stock. This includes working to gain approvals for a 94-unit building on Mason Street, the $160-million redevelopment of the Worcester Housing Authority’s Lakeside Apartments, and the rezoning of six acres in Worcester to allow for the construction of dense, affordable, and accessible housing for seniors. All of these projects will play a role in addressing the region’s housing shortage.

Beyond housing, Borenstein helped gain approvals for the 20,000-square-foot expansion of a commercial warehouse in Shirley. He assists local breweries, wineries, and distilleries throughout the state in gaining necessary regulatory approvals, and he even helped convince the Worcester License Commission to once again allow businesses to provide bottle service to customers, a move potentially providing a boost for the city’s nightlife scene.

In addition to his work with Bowditch & Dewey, Borenstein is a member of the advisory committee for Worcester Now/Next plan, using his experience in the real estate game to help craft a vision for the future of development and planning in the city for the next three decades.

A lifelong Worcester resident, Borenstein finds a way to contribute outside his usual nine-to-five; in 2017, he served as the lead of the legal committee for the then-named POW! WOW! Worcester, helping convince City of Worcester officials the nascent volunteer organization could handle the responsibilities of hosting a citywide street art mural festival. POW! WOW! held five public art festivals between 2016 and 2021, adding color and character to the city’s landscape.

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