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June 1, 2023

Baba Sushi owner seeks to build a five-story apartment complex on Shrewsbury Street

Drawing | AA Design Services of Worcester courtesy of Worcester Planning Board An elevation drawing of the proposed mixed-use development at 393-397 Shrewsbury St. in Worcester

Developer and restauranteur Weidong “Wilson” Wang has proposed a new residential and commercial development on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester, at the site of a three-decker apartment building and parking lot.

The project, at 393-397 Shrewsbury St., will bring 16 one-bedroom apartments and eight two-bedroom apartments to Shrewsbury Street along with 2,400 square-feet of ground-floor commercial space and 25 parking spaces.

Two apartments will be handicapped-accessible. The application does not mention any affordable income-restricted units, and since the application was submitted prior to the City of Worcester’s inclusionary zoning policy being ordained, it is not required to have any.

Photo | Courtesy of Baba Sushi
Weidong Wang, owner & entrepreneur of Baba Sushi, in Worcester & Bristol; Baba Sushi & Hot Pot, in Sturbridge; Baba & the Legacy Kitchen, in Bolton

Wang, who is affiliated with the company that owns the property, 318 Park LLC, submitted an application to the Worcester Planning Board in April through a representative, Patrick Healy from engineering firm Thompson-Liston Associates of Boylston.

Wang owns multiple properties throughout Central Massachusetts and owns the four Baba Sushi restaurants in Worcester, Sturbridge, Bolton, and Bristol, Rhode Island.

The property holding company purchased the Shrewsbury Street lot in 2021 for $895,000 in two transactions, according to the Worcester District Registry of Deeds. 

If approved by the planning board, the project will join the nearby redevelopment of the former General Screw Machine Product building at 383 Shrewsbury St., a 28-apartment project under construction, and a newly-constructed mixed-use project featuring a hookah bar called Aelux Lounge at 316 Shrewsbury St.

The project will be considered by the Worcester Planning Board at its June 7 meeting.

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