Arthur Winn was honored to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Voke Lofts in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Voke Lofts project is an adaptive reuse and preservation of an existing building that was formerly known as the Worcester Vocational Technical School. (Some teachers who remember the old space toured the apartments with the Worcester Telegram tagging along.)
What was once an abandoned structure is now home to 84 stunning mixed-income apartments located in the heart of downtown Worcester. Voke Lofts features an on-site management office, a community room with a kitchen, a computer learning center, a play area for young children, fitness center and bike storage. The community also draws from its past—it has an art gallery featuring work by students at the current Worcester Technical High School as well as historic pieces from the school.
The city is taking notice. After 30 days of leasing, the community was 85% leased.
Arthur Winn also increased a donation from WinnCompanies to NEADS, which provides service and hearing dogs for deaf and disabled Americans from $5,000 to $25,000—the cost to train one service dog. "I’ve been very fortunate in my career," Winn said, "And it’s an honor to be able to support the communities in which I’ve worked."
You can see a video from the recent ceremony from Worcester’s Charter 3 TV here.