Redevelopment of 300 Southbridge St. to Worcester Planning Board for site plan approval

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WORCESTER – The redevelopment of a former factory on Southbridge Street will return to the Planning Council for final site plan approval.

According to documents filed with the board, Somerville-based Dalfior Development is seeking to be listed on the next available agenda for site plan review.

Last week, the Historical Commission granted an exemption from the demolition deadline for restoration and repairs to the former Sargent Card Clothing building and last year the Planning Board approved a rezoning that included the factory in an adaptive reuse overlay district. Dalfior also requires a special permit for adaptive reuse.

Site plan review before the Planning Board represents one of the last major regulatory hurdles for the project, which sparked community debate when it was first proposed. The vacant building had hosted a grassroots collective youth programs known as The Bridge, which was closed when the redevelopment plan emerged.

According to Dalfior’s site plan review application, two of the 21 planned market-priced apartments will be classified as affordable housing and one will be considered accessible. A retail component is also planned, as well as off-street parking. The 25,300 square foot building takes up most of the 31,000 square foot lot and the project includes plans for a community garden and a shared residential patio.

A rendering of the landscape architecture planned as part of the redevelopment of the former Sargent Card factory at 300 Southbridge St.

The promoter claims national historical tax credits; the building which was used by Queensbury Mills until the mid-20th century, is part of the Southbridge-Sargent manufacturing district, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The property also includes the Miss Worcester Diner, which will not be affected by the factory redevelopment, depending on demand.

The redevelopment of the Sargent Card factory, which dates back to the 1860s, is part of a flurry of activity in the immediate area in recent years that began with the renovation of nearby Junction stores into lofts on Jackson Street. Last year, plans were unveiled for redevelop a group of buildings on rue Lagrangealmost directly across from the train tracks at 300 Southbridge St., in 63 units spread over four properties.

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