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 historic 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.