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City wants to jump-start Washington Square development

Full and original article posted on Telegram & Gazette

WORCESTER — The city administration is moving to have a new development parcel created within part of the public right-of-way of the old Washington Square rotary.

City Manager Michael V. O’Brien is asking the City Council to declare the parcel — roughly 40,713 square feet in the northeast quadrant of Washington Square — as surplus, because it is no longer needed for public street purposes.

He is also asking the council to transfer the parcel to the jurisdiction of the city manager’s office for eventual transfer to the Worcester Redevelopment Authority.

Timothy J. McGourthy, the city’s chief development officer, said involving the WRA in the disposition process for the land will enable the city to maximize its development potential.

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