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October 29, 2021

Courthouse Lofts and Major Taylor Museum officially open

Photo | Courtesy of Trinity Financial Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito cuts the ribbon at the Courthouse Lofts opening ceremony, flanked by local and state officials and other dignitaries.

State and local dignitaries celebrated the official opening of the Courthouse Lofts housing development in Worcester, as well as the opening of the Marshall “Major” Taylor Museum during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday.

Courthouse Lofts is the official name given to the now renovated old Worcester County Courthouse in downtown Worcester, which was originally built in 1845. The project, at 2 Main St., also included a now-open museum dedicated to Major Taylor, the first Black cycling world champion who lived in Worcester for over three decades.

The Courthouse Lofts project brings 118 new residential units to Main Street, including 31 workforce housing units, all of which are currently occupied, according to Boston development firm Trinity Financial.

Those marking the ribbon cutting included Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, representatives from Trinity Financial, as well as Mayor Joseph Petty, City Manager Ed Augustus, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tim Murray.

“The Courthouse Lofts has been a project that has been in the works for over a decade now and it has it all: historic preservation, affordable housing, and the adaptive reuse of a truly beautiful building,” Mayor Petty said, in a statement.

Residents first moved into apartments in the development in January.

The project was slated to cost more than $50 million, much of which was offset with significant state and local tax credits.

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