WORCESTER – A local developer wants to turn a long-vacant and dilapidated former manufacturing property on Clover Street into a housing development.
Botany Bay Construction Co. Inc. is proposing to demolish the one-story building on the roughly 5-acre property at 261 Clover St., the former home of Creative Paper & Packaging, and construct 11 multifamily, low-rise buildings that would have a total of about 90 residential units.
The property is owned by the city and is under the management and control of the city manager’s office.
Botany Bay has been designated the preferred developer for the property and is seeking permitting approvals from the city before taking ownership of the property, according to Stephen S. Rolle, assistant chief development officer and director of the city Planning and Regulatory Services Division.
Botany Bay has filed a notice of intent for the project with the Conservation Commission because it would be within 100 feet of a bordering vegetated wetland associated with Kettle Brook West.
Over the years, Botany Bay has built, managed and owned some well-known apartment developments in the city, including Botany Bay off June Street and Center Hill off Mill Street in the Tatnuck area.
The Clover Street property has been vacant since 2011 and the city foreclosed on it for non-payment of property taxes several years ago.
The city has attempted to sell the property through public auction, but without any success. In 2015, the city changed its strategy and instead issued a request for proposals for the property, with a minimum bid of $50,000.
In comparison, at auction the minimum bid was at first $200,000 and was lowered to $190,000 the second time.
The property, which also has frontage on James and South Ludlow streets, is assessed by the city at $1.89 million.
On the property is a 124,100-square-foot building where Creative Paper & Packaging used to…