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December 28, 2022

NY developer proposes 150k-sq.-ft. warehouse at former Worcester movie theater

Image | Rendering by Randall-Paulson Architects, courtesy City of Worcester Rendering of a proposed warehouse building at 135 Brooks St., Worcester

Criterion Group of Astoria, New York has proposed a 150,000-square-foot warehouse at the former site of Showcase Cinemas Worcester North.

Showcase Cinemas, Worcester’s last movie theater, closed in March 2020 due to COVID restrictions and never reopened.

The new plans indicate the warehouse will accommodate four tenants and will feature approximately 36 loading docks, space for 146 trailers, and 173 passenger vehicles.  There are not any tenants currently attached to the project.

Criterion Group purchased the property in July 2021 for $8.75 million. The company has been marketing it as parking for trailers on its website.

The site is in a largely industrial neighborhood, a short distance from Saint-Gobain’s industrial site and the new industrial sites being prepared by the Worcester Business Development Corp. and the City of Worcester as part of a redevelopment plan for Worcester’s Greendale neighborhood.

To the east is a residential neighborhood including Worcester developer GoVenture Capital Group’s new 111-unit apartment development called The Kiln, at 222 Brooks St.

Criterion Group proposes replacing two existing Brooks Street cul de sacs with a standard roadway and gate to restrict traffic to and from the site to screen the project from the residential neighborhood, according to a definitive site plan application filed with the City of Worcester by attorney Joshua Lee Smith of Worcester law firm Bowditch & Dewey

The proposal will be heard by the Worcester Planning Board at its Jan. 11 meeting.

Criterion Group owns the former Primetals Technologies facility on Crescent Street and an industrial property on Goddard Memorial Drive in Worcester.

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