Notre Dame church in Tax-a-two-shits to be torn down for apartments.

I’ll start: “if it were a mosque would the city even be considering allowing this?”

The developers behind the Roseland Apartment complex are eyeing Worcester’s historic Notre Dame des Canadiens Church for demolition in order to make way for a four-story apartment building with 84 units and retail space.

According to documents submitted to Worcester’s Planning Board, a public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall.

Roseland is currently building 370 market-rate apartment units between Front and Franklin streets in downtown Worcester that will also house five retail tenants. The apartments are expected to open up to residents between January and February 2018.

The Notre Dame Church was spared the wrecking ball for a year after the city’s Historical Commission denied the property owners, CitySquare II Development Co., a demolition delay waiver. That decision for CitySquare II to invest resources into finding alternatives to development that could keep the church standing.

However, that demolition delay waiver expired in April, and CitySquare II ended up selling the historical property to an unknown group.

The city is in a renaissance of development, dining and culture, and historic properties like the Notre Dame Church and the Paris Cinema in downtown have been targeted by developers to make for Worcester’s new future. The demolition of both properties has prompted responses from groups like Preservation Worcester, who seek to protect Worcester’s historic properties.

This October, there’ll be a lot more to do in downtown Worcester thanks to the opening of The Brew Garden and Stix, which will open on the former site of the historic Paris Cinema.

Preservation Worcester has been waging an extensive campaign over the past two years to find alternative uses for the church. In April, the group passed along an offer from an unnamed developer to the CitySquare II, an offer which CitySquare said they’d pass along to the unknown purchaser.

“After more than six years of active effort on our part, in addition to the prior efforts by the Diocese, City Square II has made the realistic and most economically feasible choice to sell the property,” a statement from CitySquare II released in February read.

CitySquare publicly promised to consider reuse options for the 17,250-square-foot church. The building is listed on the Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System, but it is not on the state or national registers of historic places.

The church was examined for possible use as a hotel, residential development or performing arts venue, the application says. Three hotel developers rejected Notre Dame for that purpose.

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  1. bogsidebunny says:

    Mass-a-juiceless…The festering hive of liberal douchebags for a century.

  2. B Woodman says:

    I would ask this/these:
    Will the apartments be low rent / controlled rent / “Section Eight” (i.e., welfare)?
    If “Yes”, then I would be against it. Those kinds of apartments quickly become a health and safety issue, a drag on the local economy, and bring down the real estate values, as well as driving away the customers and businesses you wanted to attract to the area in the first place.
    So, no religion involved.

  3. BobF says:

    Too many of those old cathedral type churches have been torn down in the Northeast. It’s not their religious significance that makes them special but the architecture.

  4. Eskyman says:

    I hope I’m wrong- but this magnificent old building will be replaced with a modern eyesore. It will blot the neighborhood for a long, long time until finally (at taxpayer’s expense of course) it will be razed to the ground.

    So who wins? Why, all the “friends of the government” who will pocket millions from destruction/reconstruction. Losers? Why, that would be taxpayers, inhabitants, and lovers of fine old historic architechture.

    The religious are already a tiny minority, and the Catholic Church seems to be killing itself as fast as the commie in charge can manage; otherwise, that church would be filled with congregants.

  5. Leonard Jones says:

    Has the term market rate become newspeak for PUBLIC HOUSING? Ten bucks
    says it becomes government subsidized housing. I can see it now, crack deals
    and shit-piles in the hallways, peeled paint, roaches by the millions, gang
    shootings, etc. It will probably be falling apart in a decade and bulldozed
    in two like all the rest!

  6. dekare says:

    If you want to save it, put muslim spires up on it, and declare it an islamic holy site. No one will have the balls to tear it down.

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