THE WAY YOU WANT TO LIVE
The Grid District
The Grid District represents the complete revitalization of a 6-acre block of prime real estate in the heart of downtown Worcester’s Theater District.
An eclectic mix of buildings has been completely transformed to accommodate a host of new businesses and the 35,000 students and young professionals who reside here.
PROXIMITY TO BOSTON
Located just over one hour from Boston via the Massachusetts Turnpike or the Framingham/Worcester MBTA Commuter Rail Line.
Life at The Grid
Portside offers 30 studio and 1-bedroom apartments perfect for the young professional wanting to be across the street from Bancroft’s amenities. This quieter, renovated living option is just steps to amenities and parking within the heart of The Grid District.
Embracing a more industrial feel, Portland on the Grid’s 80 units offer a range of studio, one, and two bedroom options with loft features. Most lofts offer granite countertops and newly renovated features as well as an attached parking garage.
Coming in 2017! Smoke-Free Building
Park Plaza comprises 90 units in 11 stories overlooking the Worcester Commons.
These units will begin renting in Spring of 2017, turning this historic building into one of the best places to live in downtown Worcester.
This quaint 15-unit building sits at the corner of Franklin and Portland and is just steps from all of the city’s action. The beautiful historic building will be restored over the next 12-months and embody quiet, classic design for those seeking a higher-end option in The Grid District.
Offering spacious studios, 1 and 2 bedrooms, Franklin provides you with access to a 24 hour gym, Wifi and accepts small pets. With Brew on The Grid downstairs, it has never been easier to grab a coffee or snack on the go.
HOUGHTON ON THE GRID will be the second building available in The Grid District for master lease to a local college or university. MG2’s renovation will marry the historic exterior of The Houghton Building with modern interiors, resulting in a much sought after living experience for those students in search of something more than standard student housing. A host of amenities such as a 24 hour gym, concierge / security and study area will ensure that all the residents’ housing needs are satisfied.
Once a historic hotel, Bancroft on the Grid has been transformed into a 255-unit residence overlooking Worcester Commons. There are studios, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units available in the Bancroft. Within select units, there are granite counter tops, and plank flooring. Each floor has a lounge area, and there are private study rooms or conference areas available on the ground floors.
Packed full of amenities, a 24 hour gym, and brand new lobby, Bancroft is The Grid District’s hub to gather, work and play.
Later in 2016, the site of the once iconic Paris Cinema will be cleared to make way for a custom built pop up café and outdoor coffee garden. This temporary retail space and urban plaza will activate currently underutilized space and bring a new street experience to this area of Franklin Street.
Overlooking Worcester Common, this mixed use building is home to 40 residential units all of which are leased to the prestigious Becker College. As part of The Grid’s exterior curb appeal program, this building will undergo a significant transformation through a mix of signage, planting and lighting improvements bringing the historic architecture to the forefront.
Amenities on The Grid
Accommodating residents with around the clock service, which provides them with comfort and relaxation in their homes.
Fully equipped with a full range of avant-garde cardio and strength equipment.
Ample on-site parking
A total of 310 spaces available through a network of surface and garage parking.
The Lounge on the Grid
Improved Workspaces house the nucleus of the community by providing an alluring environment for all residents.
Our signature concept, Brew on The Grid, provides freshly brewed beverages and contemporary fare. Brew is joined by Techni Mediterranean Grill. 2018 will bring additional dining; Craft Table & Bar, and Pie & Pint.
News & Events
The Talk of the Town
Downtown Worcester dining scene about to expand with beer garden and comedy club
By the time the weather warms up, you’ll be able to sit outside just steps from the Worcester Common, order a beer and food from four new restaurants, and then head over to see a show at the city’s newest comedy club.
The Grid developer acquires the former Metro PCS building at 517 Main St.
The developer responsible for acquiring more than five acres of prime downtown Worcester real estate has purchased another prominent building.
Worcester Telegram covers opening of Stix Noodle Bar at The Grid
The city’s newest concept restaurant opened Monday, with customers lined up around the block hoping to sample ramen noodles from STIX Noodle Bar.
Stix Noodle Bar draws massive line for opening day in Worcester
Stix Noodle Bar, the latest concept by CEO Frank Peace, opened on The Grid in downtown Worcester on Monday, Feb. 12, offering a limited supply of ramen bowls.
DOORBELL AT THE GRID FEATURED IN THE TELEGRAM
The Celtics pregame show was on TV, the meatballs were simmering in slow cookers and about 20 young residents of The Grid District were socializing, all lured by promises of food, community and an app named Doorbell.
Then & Now: 50 Franklin St
The historic Bancroft building at 50 Franklin St. in Worcester, now an apartment building called Bancroft on the Grid, stands at the location of the original Notre Dame des Canadiens church in Worcester. The church, built in 1852, was heavily damaged in a fire in 1908.
Game on at The Grid!
Worcester Polytechnic Institute students showed off video games they developed, during the Worcester Games MEGA Meet Up at Bancroft on the Grid on Thursday. The event featured locally developed tabletop and electronic games.
Steve Carter moderates panel of innovators at Game Changers Conference
The Grid District was featured on a panel of innovators and disruptors at the Game Changers Conference.
Worcester Business Journal excited about The GRID District!
The Grid District development just across Franklin Street from the Worcester Common already has 400 residential units and a few popular eateries, including the cafe Brew on the Grid and the Mediterranean restaurant Techni.
BEACH BASH AT THE GRID
1200 COME TO CELEBRATE THE ECLIPSE WITH THE GRID
All eyes were on the sky Monday afternoon as Central Massachusetts residents sought a glimpse of the partial solar eclipse. More than 1,000 people turned out on Worcester Common, far exceeding the expectations of organizers, lining up more than an hour ahead of time to get viewing glasses.
PARIS CINEMA DEMOLTION (VIDEO)
Check out this video from MassLive concerning the demolition of the Paris Cinema.
Paris Cinema to be demolished for Worcester beer garden
Worcester’s Paris Cinema will be demolished next week to make way for a three-season beer garden with 320 seats and an events stage.
THE BREW PLANS STATEWIDE EXPANSION
By the end of this summer, locations will open in Cambridge and Lynn, and by next fall, in Salem and Marlborough.
DOORBELL LAUNCH PARTY WITH THE CITY OF WORCESTER AT THE GRID
The city of Worcester announced the launch of their new website at a Doorbell event hosted at The Grid.
The Grid transforming downtown!
Landmark downtown Worcester is being transformed into high-end apartments.
GRID COMMUNITY FEATURED IN THE CHAMBER EXCHANGE NEWSPAPER
Plans for The Grid District and new restaurants were featured in the Worcester Chamber of Commerce newspaper
MASSDIGI AND WOO GAME PILE VIDEO GAME SHOWCASE AT THE GRID
This past Sunday The Grid District hosted the Massachusetts Digital Gaming Institute Video Game Showcase, a chance for local game developers to show off their latest projects and get feedback from fellow gamers.
6TH ANNUAL WORCESTER FOOD FESTIVAL
This Saturday saw the 6th Annual Worcester Food Festival, with the Worcester Common filled with people lining up to try all sorts of different foods. Check out this article on the event written by The Grid’s own Alban Murtishi!
BREW GARDEN AT THE GRID FEATURED IN MASSLIVE
Brew Garden at The Grid featured in MassLive!
BANCROFT ON THE GRID WINS SILVER HAMMER AWARD
The Silver Hammer Award is given to developers who have made major transformations to the city.
The Bancroft on the Grid, Hanover Theatre and 72 Shrewsbury St., where Volturno, Wormtown and Sweet operate, were each awarded the Silver Hammer.
FULL HOUSE AT THE GRID WITH MASSDIGI!
Video Game and VR Showcase at The Grid with MassDigi, WPI, Becker, and Woo GamePile powered by Doorbell and Foodler!
LIGHTS, CAMERA, CHAMBER! @ THE BREW
In this episode of “Lights, Camera, Chamber!” Hank enjoys a cup of coffee at Brew with Owner, Josh Croke and Chamber President, Tim Murray to discuss the impact that young people have in the development and revitalization of downtown Worcester.
TIM MURRAY AT THE GRID
In this episode of Lights, Camera, Chamber!, Hank sits down with Worcester Chamber President and CEO, Tim Murray, at The Grid to discuss the economic impact of the recent increase in transportation opportunities in the city of Worcester.
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AT THE BREW ON THE GRID
Every Sunday from 12-3pm!
EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES AT THE GRID
The Grid District Culture and Benefits:
The Grid District is always looking for outstanding team members who work with a passion for excellence, a “can do” results-oriented attitude and a dedication to quality. Our most successful team members are hardworking, responsible, customer-oriented individuals who are committed to improving the communities where they work.
Our workplace is a Drug Free Workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and encourages diversity within the workplace.
Nearly half of our workforce is comprised of women or minorities. In addition to training and recognition programs to help you succeed, we offer competitive Health, Dental, Life and Disability Insurance benefits, and a generous 401(k) plan.
We need motivated people who can think proactively and deliver beyond expectations. Are you one of them? Available positions include:
If you are interested in working for us, please email your resume to HR@mg2group.com.
DEVAL PATRICK AT THE GRID
Downtown Worcester isn’t just a good place to get a cup of coffee and ice-skate. If you’re lucky enough, you might just get to bump into a former governor of Massachusetts. Deval Patrick stopped by The Brew on 56 Franklin Street to chat and share a coffee with his old pal Tim Murray.
The city has been experiencing a renaissance of development and dining over the past couple of years. A lot of that is due to the relationship between the chamber and private developers like MG2, owners of The Grid District, on 50 Franklin Street.
The rapidly expanding restaurant hub on Franklin and Portlands Streets has been a flashpoint for downtown Worcester’s rapid expansion.
Changes in the air at Paris; The Grid poised to open 5 new eateries
The developers behind the Grid District apartment complex on Franklin Street are set to demolish the Paris Cinema in January of 2017. Previous to its’ demise in 2006, the cinema opened in 1925 and was called Capitol Theater. The cinema will flourish into a brew garden with an Asian fast-casual eatery.
In addition to the renovations at Paris, 3 new eateries will come to the Grid in June 2017. Look for Pie and Pint, Craft Kitchen and Ale, and The End Eatery and Drinkery. Each features a combination of craft food and drinks.
Our Fitness Center Opens!
The Grid has officially launched its fit-for-life facility in the Bancroft building.
Techni Opens Its' Doors Today!
WORCESTER — The people behind The Brew coffee shop on 56 Franklin St. are opening a new eatery right next door on 8 Portland St. tomorrow morning at 11 a.m.
The restauranteurs of Techni Mediterranean Grill will bring fresh gyros, falafel, kabobs and other Greek favorites to downtown Worcester. Some customers got an early taste of Techni Wednesday morning when the restaurant was secretly opened to test the 16 newly hired staff and work out new recipes.
The eatery will be located in The Grid making it the developer’s second of six restaurants to be opened on the block
The Grid Brushes on its' International Facade
WORCESTER — Nothing better unveils the amazing exterior streetscape interactions The Grid has planned for its residents and the public than the recent Action! Worcester POW! WOW! With murals curated and painted by different artists from around the globe Aug. 24 through Sept. 6, 12 walls across the city became a hotbed of incredible works of art in a matter of days.
MG2 Digs into Urban Renewal in Worcester's Grid District
MG2 Digs into Urban Renewal in Worcester’s Grid District
Planning Worcester's Future
Planning Worcester’s Future