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May 2, 2023

New developer of Table Talk building nearly quadruples apartment proposal

Photo | Courtesy of Worcester Planning Board | Rendering by Paul R. Lessard of Salem Elevation of proposed Green Street development
A two-story building with The Pie Store written on the front Photo | Timothy Doyle A portion of the former Table Talk Pies factory will become loft apartments with three storefronts on the first level.

The new owner of the former Table Talk Pies building at 153 Green St. has proposed to the Worcester Planning Board to increase the number of apartments to be built at the site from 15 to 58.

The entity, 153 Green Street, LLC, registered to attorney and developer Anthony Rossi, has proposed to add three stories onto the existing structure, doubling the square footage to 45,084 without expanding the footprint of the structure, according to a definitive site plan application submitted by Worcester-based attorney Donald O’Neil, who is representing the developer. 

Rossi completed the 62-apartment Walker Lofts at 28 Water St. in early 2022, and has other local projects in the pipeline.

The developer proposed 51 one-bedroom apartments and two two-bedroom apartments, with three of the apartments being compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. None of the units will be income-restricted, according to the application. The application’s cover letter indicates 58 planned apartments, while the application indicates 53.

UPDATE: On May 3, the Telegram & Gazette reported that Rossi said all 53 apartments would be designated as affordable housing, contradicting the information in the application.

The City of Worcester’s new inclusionary zoning policy that dictates some affordable housing to be included in new developments does not apply to this application, as the inclusionary zoning measure was passed but had yet to be ordained at the time the plans were filed. 

The ground floor will have more than 11,000 square feet of retail space, consistent with the previous proposal.

The previous owner of the property, Boston Capital Development, LLC, who took on the development of the four-acre former Table Talk Pies site in Kelley Square, submitted plans to the planning board to construct 15 loft-style apartments on the second floor of the building.

The new owner purchased the building on Thursday for $734,000.

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Stephen Quist
May 3, 2023

Developer quadruples size of project because of a demand in living space solely due to being constructed.
No and tepid growth, if any, in the Green Islands Canal District would be the result today instead of the explosive growth we all see happening.
The has been a grand slam for the city and taxpayers across the board.
Some day maybe will come to their senses and acknowledge such?

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