by Cyrus Moulton, Worcester Telegram (MA)
The juxtaposition on Grand Street in Main South is stark: A renovated, historic factory building with new windows looking into 94 affordable apartments is surrounded by an abandoned, dilapidated conglomeration of industrial buildings and vacant lots.
“Hopefully it will stimulate other work in the area,” said Steve Teasdale, executive director of the Main South Community Development Corp., of the renovated factory.
The factories of Central Massachusetts’ industrial age may have largely faded into the past or been repurposed for new uses. But in many cases, a legacy of that age remains: a degraded environment.
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