"What begins today will re-shape Worcester for generations to come…This project means new jobs at a time when our economy needs them most, both construction jobs and new permanent job opportunities at the businesses that will set up shop in the new district…Over the next several years, a new neighborhood will rise; new streets will connect the downtown with the Canal District, Washington Square, Shrewsbury Street and the East Side, creating an exciting critical mass of urban life. And because Worcester is the anchor of the economy in Central Massachusetts, a revitalized downtown will help the entire region continue to grow."
-Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray, September 13, 2010
On September 13, 2010 Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray joined Congressman Jim McGovern and local officials for the groundbreaking of the CitySquare development in Worcester. The project will create 300 construction jobs, 50 permanent full-time jobs and long-term economic development opportunities in the state's second largest city.
First envisioned by Lieutenant Governor Murray when he was mayor of Worcester, CitySquare will replace a failed urban-renewal era mall that bulldozed 21 acres in downtown Worcester. CitySquare will begin the process of recreating pedestrian friendly streetscapes, creating a vibrant new mixed-used district with housing, retail and varied commercial uses, all within walking distance of the inter-modal transit hub at Worcester's Union Station.
The Patrick-Murray Administration has allocated $11.25 million in Growth District grant funds to support public infrastructure needs for the project. CitySquare is one of more than 50 housing and economic development projects, both renovation and new construction, that broke ground in 2010, totaling more than $1 billion dollars in development investments in the Commonwealth. Each of these projects has been initiated by an investment from the Patrick-Murray Administration. Together, they have and will create thousands of jobs throughout Massachusetts.