UPDATED: Notre Dame Church eyed for residential/retail development

Preservation Worcester and Worcester Sound & Lights shined a spotlight with the words “Save Me” on Notre Dame Church, which could be torn down as early as next month/Courtesy photo

A public hearing with the Planning Board on the plan is scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 2, 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

The former owner of the church property at 5 Salem Square, CitySquare II Development Co., announced earlier this year it had entered into an exclusive agreement to sell the iconic city landmark. The company has not publicly identified the buyer, but the legal notice identifies Roseland as filing for a definitive site plan.

There has been no public notice of the Notre Dame property being sold, with Nicole Valentine, City Manager Ed Augustus Jr.’s chief of staff, indicating the sale would involve conditions of approval. The site plan review is all the city is aware of at this point, Valentine said.

Several parties, including Preservation Worcester, have fought to save the church, which until recently had been protected from demolition by a one-year delay. That delay expired in April, but preservationists and others have been pushing for the building to be spared the wrecking ball.

According to the notice filed in the T&G, Roseland, which is also developing 145 Front St., would build 84 residential units and retail development, along with parking and site work.

Mack-Cali is based in New Jersey. 

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