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July 25, 2022

Worcester Housing Authority buys back improved Webster Square property

Photo | Timothy Doyle 24 Mill St., Worcester

Worcester Housing Authority on Thursday purchased the former Sun ‘N’ Sound location at 24 Mill St. for $1.35 million to use for maintenance facilities and property management offices.

The seller was an entity registered to Steven Gardner, owner of Sun ‘N’ Sound. The company consolidated operations at its Auburn location as of July 11.

 The Worcester Housing Authority sold the property to Gardner in 2004 for $600,000, according to the Worcester District Registry of Deeds.

The property is assessed at $766,600 by the City of Worcester.

The property abuts the Webster Square Towers, which the WHA runs as senior housing and is close to Lakeside Apartments which offers over 200 units of public family housing, as well as other WHA residences in the area of Webster Square.

Alex Corrales, CEO of the Worcester Housing Authority, said in a Friday phone call he hopes the new offices will allow the WHA to better serve residents in the Webster Square area. Corrales expects that after some minor renovation, the offices will be operational in early 2023.

The WHA purchased the property in 2002 for $635,000 from National Amusements of Norwood after Webster Square Cinemas at that location closed. In 2005 Gardner, with help from the WHA, renovated the theater to serve his auto customization business, according to building permits filed with the City of Worcester.

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