Save the Palladium

I haven’t had the time or energy to devote to following the Palladium story as closely as I would like, but I think anyone with any interest in downtown Worcester and/or Faygo knows that the owners have discussed the possibility of demolishing it to put in a parking lot or garage.

That request came before the Historical Commission tonight, and has been delayed for a year:

It’s worth keeping in mind that the owners of the Palladium had thought about demolishing it to put in a parking facility eleven years ago, and in many ways the Palladium was in worse shape then than it is now (except, of course, for the tax situation).

I caught the city manager on Jordan Levy a few days ago, and the CM said that the owners of the Palladium have received offers from various people who’d like to buy the building.  The interview isn’t online, but I got the impression that the city is taking this situation seriously.

We need to save the Palladium.

I’ve listed all the reasons before, and I’ll probably keep listing them until we get it right.

I hope in the next year the owners can get some sort of resolution in their quest for an abatement.

I also hope they consider making improvements to the building.

And I certainly hope the owners of the ugly surface parking lot across the street could consider building a parking garage that would be more pleasing to the eye than the current lot.

There is always a danger in situations like this to take an easy road.

One easy road would be to demolish the building and put in a parking garage.  This would be a huge tear in the urban fabric of downtown.

Another easy road would be for the owners to get a tax abatement and not do anything to improve the venue; for the city to do nothing to encourage improvements within and without; and for all of us to end up in ten years’ time with another “Save the Palladium” movement against impending demolition/parking garage construction.

It’s easy to identify what we don’t want, but Worcester isn’t Sim City, and it’s a bit harder to execute the perfect plan when we’re talking about serious money.

But here’s hoping that a year’s demolition delay will get us a bit closer to that perfect plan.