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Developer plans 9-story building at old Fairway Beef site on Grafton Street in Worcester

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Worcester — A Boston developer is transforming the once-iconic Grafton Street business site into a nine-story residential and commercial building.

A plan to demolish the former Fairway Beef building at 44 Grafton St., presented by AKROS Development, is due to be submitted to the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals on Monday.

Fairway Beef has been serving families and others for over 70 years. Closed abruptly last summer.

According to the conference agenda, AKROS Development plans to build an approximately 90,000-square-foot building on the site of the vacant storefront.

The plan calls for about 105 houses, housing project in urban areas. Additionally, the developer plans approximately 1,000 square feet of commercial space, 72 spaces of parking, and related improvements.

Current plans for the building will have upper floors overlooking Interstate 290.

“As the proud son of Central Massachusetts, this is a very special project for me and I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to Worcester’s renaissance,” said Zak Kiritsy, founder of AKROS Development, in a statement. says.

According to Kiritsy, initial discussions with planning staff and the community were positive. Kiritsy grew up in Paxton and graduated from St. Johns High School in Shrewsbury in 2007.

Kiritsy’s company hopes to get approval from the zoning board to have fewer off-street parking spaces than the city needs.

On that website, Development of AKROS Completion of the project is stated as Spring 2025.

Founded in 1946, Fairway Beef closed abruptly in July 2021, shocking the employees and many customers who depended on it for holiday roasts and other special cuts of meat.

George Siegel, one of two brothers who owned the meat market his father started in 1946, told T&G At a time when supply chain problems and inflation exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic caused financial hardships.

Also sold was the sirloin, the metal bull atop the distinctive red-and-white striped building familiar to Interstate 290 passers-by.

In August, report The building was under contract for sale.

The city values ​​the building and attached parking at $433,400 in 2022. The property was listed for $1 million. Realtors said the building was agreed upon for more than $900,000.

more: Fairway beef, which has been on Worcester tables since 1946, is out of business

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