The reopening of the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts was a critical step in the path to reinvigorating Downtown. This Plan capitalizes on Worcester’s strength in high-quality health care, education and research institutions to build a Theatre District that partners institutional investment and expansion with the residential, cultural, restaurant, and retail demand that follows.
The District is envisioned as an active, mixed-use, 18-hour neighborhood with significant institutional and residential growth supporting a vibrant entertainment and cultural environment attracting residents, businesses, and visitors. Key corridors will tie together District-wide activity to make a walkable, inviting center of activity. Federal Street, the heart of the District, is planned as a tightly compressed pedestrian street plaza – a public gathering space – lined with food, entertainment and retail activity that creates a sense of place, serves as the center of the expanded Theatre/Creative District and connects all of the entertainment and creative venues in the District and throughout Downtown.