Located on a 1.7-acre site in the Main South neighborhood of Worcester near Clark University, the original Loomworks was built in 1890 to manufacture textile looms. The firm restored and adapted this formerly vacant property into The Lofts at Loomworks, a 94 unit mixed-income apartment community and remediated a brownfield to improve environmental conditions in the area. The renovation work preserved many historic features, including original wood columns, an old bank vault integrated into the common area and sliding metal doors repurposed as art installations.
All 94 Loomworks units, which range from one- to three-bedroom homes, were leased within a week of opening, reflecting the strong demand for affordable housing options in Worcester and the city’s ongoing revitalization. Twenty percent of the units are reserved for individuals and households making under 30% of area median income (AMI), with the rest reserved for renters with income up to 60% of AMI. The project has been credited with helping spur redevelopment in the Main South neighborhood.