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Main Street Matters--Save the Central Building

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The undersigned are opposed to the demolition of the Central Building at 332 Main Street in downtown Worcester. We urge the current owners to promote this property to potential buyers for rehabilitation. Main Street Matters!

The Central Building was built in 1925 as one of the last office buildings erected in Worcester before the Great Depression. The building was created with cast metal store fronts on the first floor and seven stories of office space above, topped with a copper cornice. The façade of the building has been rendered in a classical style out of limestone and brick.

The Central Building at 332 Main Street is a historic property and demolition would set back efforts by the City of Worcester to revitalize Main Street and the downtown area. The demolition of the building would leave an unsightly vacant lot near historic Mechanics Hall and would discourage those looking to open retail and business space in the city center. Studies of large urban areas like Worcester show that empty lots and surface parking lots emphasize a perception of a lack of safety and an increased crime rate.


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