In order to better serve the needs of our students and our community, Clark has plans to renovate the block of Main Street between Woodland Street and Hawthorne Street. Expected to open in August of 2026, the project will contribute to the social, cultural, and economic vitality of Clark and Main South.
Main Street Project
Modernized Student Housing
With a marked increase in students wanting to live on campus, the Main Street Project will address the urgent need to expand our housing options. The new building will support a range of room types, including more affordable options to enhance the on-campus student experience. In the fall semester, we engaged students in focus groups to help guide the rooms and common spaces that will be included in the design.
Vibrant Retail Hub
The retail spaces on this block are long-standing fixtures in the Main South community. New spaces at the street level will be designed to provide improved facilities for local and small businesses, with the goal of accommodating current tenants that are interested in returning. We held sessions with local community members and business owners to gather input and assist them in planning for the transition and disruption of construction.
A Community Endeavor
Clark is working with community partners and the city of Worcester in a coordinated effort to imagine the future of this important stretch of Main Street. Our vision is that the new buildings efficiently adapt toward contemporary standards for accessibility, sustainability, housing, and retail.
Community Engagement to Date
|1st Conversations with Small Business Tenants||Spring 2022|
|Student Housing Survey, Initial Presentations to Student Government, Faculty, and Staff||Spring 2023|
|Community Organizations, City and Elected Officials||Spring 2023 – Ongoing|
|Community Outreach Session||Aug. 8, 2023|
|Worcester Historical Commission Hearing||Aug. 10, 2023|
|Clark Faculty / Staff Information Session||Sept. 7, 2023|
|Preservation Worcester Meeting #1||Sept. 9, 2023|
|Student Focus Groups – 3 sessions||Sept. 19, 2023|
|Preservation Worcester Meeting #2||Sept. 19, 2023|
|Student Residence Hall Conversations||Sept. 26 – Oct. 24, 2023|
|Next Community Stakeholder Meeting||October 2023|
|City Planning Board||November 2023|
Planning, Design, and Construction Schedule
|Pre-Development Studies, Planning and Design||Spring 2023 – Spring 2024|
|Abatement & Demolition of Existing Facilities||May – August 2024|
|New Construction Period||September 2024 – July 2026|
|Student Move-ins / Occupancy||August 2026|