Worcester Coes Pond real estate development Price Chopper

WORCESTER – Plans are again in the works to redevelop a prime piece of real estate at the southern end of Coes Pond, according to a local developer.  

The property at 195 Mill St., the former site of a Big D and Price Chopper supermarket, has sat vacant nearly 20 years. It’s an issue that troubles at-large City Councilor Gary Rosen. 

“For 18 years, all there has been is talk (by the owner to develop the property). The neighborhood is sick and tired of this eyesore,” Rosen said. 

The former supermarket building is crumbling, lowering nearby property values and hurting neighborhood morale, according to Rosen. 

The interior of the former Big D supermarket on Mill Street in Worcester.

Rosen and District 5 City Councilor Matthew Walley co-sponsored a petition last week that received the council’s unanimous support. It instructed City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. to work with the city’s law department to encourage the owner to sell or lease the property. And to report back to the council with an update. 

“If they’re encouraging the city to work with me, I think that’s great,” said Sam Adams, a real estate developer in Shrewsbury who is the manager of Worcester Mill LLC, the entity that owns 195 Mill St.