Planning Board retirement community proposal St. Peter-Marian site

May 27, 2021
WORCESTER--Goddard/Homstead plans to build a three-story, 145-unit senior housing development on the site of the former St. Peter-Marian High School.

WORCESTER — The Planning Board Wednesday approved a definitive site plan for the redevelopment of the former St. Peter-Marian Junior/Senior High School into a continuing care retirement community

The board approved the site plan for the planned three-story, multi-winged, 145-unit retirement community, and also approved a special permit for the continuing care retirement community use for Goddard Homestead Inc., which is purchasing the nearly 24-acre site from the Diocese of Worcester, which for decades operated the school there. 

The plans call for the school and associated parking lots to be demolished and replaced with the 135,000-square-foot facility, which will essentially consolidate Goddard Homestead's current operations — a retirement community on Main Street and a nursing home-level facility on Homestead Avenue, Goddard/Homestead attorney Mark Borenstein told the board. 

Borenstein said the project meets all the requirements regarding definitions and intent laid out in the zoning ordinance regarding continuing care retirement communities. He said the facility will offer on-site dining, access to transportation, a licensed social worker, access to third-party medical care, respite care, daily activities, a resident director, and other amenities.