Real Estate Development

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As a center for commerce, industry and learning, Worcester's growth can be attributed to the low cost of housing, high quality of life, overall accessibility and our growing knowledge-based economy. Worcester has evolved from its days as a manufacturing giant to a leader in information technology, biotechnology, health care and medical research. This change has transformed Worcester's economy - nearly 40% of all jobs within the City are in the educational and medical fields, attracting a young, educated workforce. Worcester has easy access not only to Boston and its western suburbs, but, via I-90, I-495, I-84 and Route 146, quick connections to the North Shore, South Shore, Springfield, Providence, Rhode Island and Hartford, Connecticut. Worcester has many sites ripe for development to accommodate a burgeoning office and residential marketplace.

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Building in Worcester: A Developer's Guide Cover
Building in Worcester Guide
The guidebook explains step-by-step the process for applications, reviews and permits required for most building development in the City - whether a by-right zoning approval process or special reviews such as Variances, Special Permits, Site Plan Review, Off Street Parking Review or Approval Not Required Plans.
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Commercial Electrical Service Information
The intent of the following documents is to help customers, developers, and/or electricians better understand the process for getting a new electric service or upgrading an existing electric service with National Grid.

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Opportunity Zones
An Opportunity Zone is an economically-distressed Census Tract where new investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment with regard to capital gains tax liability.


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City Hall 4th Floor
455 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608

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Phone: 508-799-1400
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