For additional information regarding the KGH project, please see our history.
The Gardner, Kilby, Hammond Neighborhood Revitalization Project is representative of a community driven approach to the redevelopment of an inner city neighborhood. It is an ambitious project that is dependent upon public/private partnerships for its success and whose fundamental objectives are based on the “Smart Growth” principles of urban redevelopment. Such a project requires the assistance of Federal, State and local agencies as well as philanthropic support from foundations and private sources. It also takes political will and we are grateful for the efforts of Senator Edward Kennedy and Congressman James P. McGovern to obtain the necessary resources to make the project possible. Many people are to be thanked including the City administration, mayor and City Council for their belief in this project and their willingness to use the City’s loan guaranty authority to leverage the financing to make this all possible.
The following report details the progress that has been made on the project to date.
The Gardner, Kilby, Hammond Street project is an extension of the nationally recognized University Park Partnership between the Main South CDC and Clark University and is a replicable model for public/private partnerships. In the case of the KGH project, this partnership is contributing to the resurgence of a blighted, low-income minority neighborhood through the cleanup of contaminated property; the construction of affordable housing for first-time home-buyers; development of a new Boys & Girls Club facility and an outdoor athletic complex; and the provision of quality of life enhancements and economic opportunity for neighborhood residents.
The Main South CDC acted as the lead entity for the predevelopment phase of the project. This phase consisted of the negotiated acquisition of eighteen residential properties and six industrial properties. These properties have been demolished, environmental remediation completed and the terrain graded to create a 7.8 acres site for the new Boys and Girls Club and soon to be constructed Clark University’s new athletic facility. The predevelopment phase of the project also included the acquisition of thirty-one vacant, blighted lots within the balance of the thirty acres site. These lots are being used for new housing development. As part of the land assembly, the CDC assumed responsibility for the relocation needs of all the displaced residents and small businesses in the area.
As part of the predevelopment activities, the CDC was responsible for securing over $23 million in project financing and grant support.
The redevelopment plan and design of the new housing units is being coordinated by the Main South Community Development Corporation. The CDC has retained the services of the architectural firm of Domenech, Hicks and Krockmalnec to undertake this work.
Since the project was conceived, the project partners (Main South CDC, the City of Worcester, Clark University and the Boys and Girls Club) have accomplished a great deal in terms of concrete achievements and have essentially moved the project forward from the conceptual stages to that of full implementation.