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Courthouse Project Receives State Funds, Major Taylor Exhibition Hall Announced

For Immediate Release: 3/1/2019 2:25 pm

Developer Trinity Financial received Federal and State Low Income Housing Tax Credits and subsidy funds from the Department of Housing and Community Development to help fund its rehabilitation project for the former Worcester County Courthouse into 117 units of affordable, workforce, and market-rate housing.

On February 28, Trinity Financial joined Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Secretary Mike Kennealy, Undersecretary Janelle Chan, Senator Harriette Chandler, Representative Mary Keefe, Mayor Joseph Petty, and City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. to formally celebrate the award. With this funding award, Trinity expects to commence construction on the project within days.

During the ceremony, it was also announced that the project will include the construction of a new exhibition space named the Major Taylor Exhibition Hall. Commissioned in honor of Marshall “Major” Taylor, the first African American world champion in cycling during the 19th and 20th century who helped bring attention to the sport during the industrial bicycle production boom. This new space will be on the first floor of the building and feature approximately 2,000 square feet of exhibition space of both permanent and temporary installations dedicated to telling the story of Taylor’s life and role in Worcester’s history.

Photos from the ceremony are available on the City of Worcester Facebook page.

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