Amid white quartz countertops, chevron tiling in bathrooms and a fitness facility, monstrous textile equipment remains in some of the hallways of one of Worcester’s newest apartment complexes.
The industrial equipment pays homage to the brick building’s past as a textile and furniture manufacturer next to the former Chevalier Furniture Inc building. on Water Street. That building is now also loft apartments.
Filling the recently vacant structure located next to the Canal Lofts, 62 units are set to come on line by the end of the year, according to Castinetti Realty Group, which is listing the units.
The project is under the watch of Rossi Development Inc., based out of Boston. The facelift for the building includes studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units. All come with one bathroom, in-unit laundry, access to a fitness center, bike racks and a dog park.
Parking is also available behind the building near the dog park, but there are fewer than 25 spaces.
The units facing Harding Street also offer tremendous views of the city’s skyline.
Layouts differ from unit to unit due to the historic nature of the building.
Studios begin at $1,295, one-bedroom units begin at $1,495 and two-bedroom units are $1,895.
According to Castinetti Realty Group, about 30% of the 62 units have already been rented. The two-bedroom units have been most popular and only one remains.
A fitness center with exercise bikes, treadmills and other equipment, is situated in the basement along with a bike rack.
The building is pet friendly with an updated dog park which is available to tenants along Harding Street. Work began on the vacant structure about a year ago.
Castinetti Realty Group expects work to finish and residents to begin moving in by the end of the year.
The complex represents the latest residential plans within the Canal District, which will introduce hundreds of new units within the next several years.
Churchill James has plans for a 13-story building that will contain more than 300 market-rate units. Beyond housing, the building will also have nearly 30,000 square feet of retail and foodservice space as well as a 152-space parking garage located on Green Street, not far from the new units on Water Street.
The plans also include a pizza restaurant and a candlepin bowling alley.
Rossi Development also is building residential units across from Polar Park off of Madison Street. The area is expected to be home to two new residential buildings, a hotel and a biotech facility.
Also not far from Polar Park, the Kelley Square home of Table Talk Pies is expected to begin to transform into more housing.
Boston Capital Development LLC will take over the property at the end of the year once Table Talk Pies fully moves to its new location in Worcester. Boston Capital hopes to have shovels in the ground in 2022 for the first stage of a multi-phase and multi-year project. The plans include retail, affordable housing, market-rate housing and even a creation of a new road.
The first phase will include a six-story L-shaped building with 80 affordable units.
The early plans for Boston Capital also include reinstituting Spruce Street as a connection from Green Street to Washington Street.
The residential boom within the neighborhood began with the Worcester Public Market. The Kelley Square Lofts are above the market. They include studio, one-bedroom and two bedroom units.
They debuted in 2019.