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December 4, 2023

Former Green St. BBQ joint, where 375 apartments were planned, is back on the market

A small restaurant building with a sign above the door Image | Courtesy of Google Maps The former site of Smokestack Urban BBQ on Green Street in Worcester

A property in Worcester’s Canal District – which had been slated to be turned into 375 apartments – is back on the market, raising questions about the future of redevelopment planned for the site.

The property, located at 139 Green St., was the former site of Smokestack Urban Barbecue, which closed in November 2022. 

Quarterra Multifamily Communities LLC, a developer headquartered in North Carolina, had submitted an application to the Worcester Planning Board in January, showing its intent to make the parcel part of a proposed third phase of the Table Talk Lofts project. Quarterra never formally purchased the property, but – as tends to be standard with redevelopment proposals – was going through the process of getting its redevelopment plan approved before finalizing the sale.

The proposed development would have seen 375 apartments and 22,000 square feet of retail space built on the property. If the redevelopment of 139 Green St. into multifamily housing has been canceled, it would represent the latest slowdown in housing development in Worcester

The property has been re-listed for sale at $795,000, according to a listing posted on the website Worcester real estate brokerage firm Kelleher & Sadowsky Associates shared with WBJ on Monday. 

Drew Higgins, vice president at Kelleher & Sadowsky, confirmed that the property is no longer under contract with the former potential purchasers, but declined to comment further. 

Mark Borenstein, partner at Worcester law firm Bowditch & Dewey, which was representing Quarterra in its attempt to obtain approval for the project, declined to comment. A call to Quarterra from WBJ seeking comment on the project was not returned. 

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