218-unit building on Shrewsbury Street

WORCESTER — A developer is offering a 218-unit residential building for a block at 225 Shrewsbury St. and 68 Albany St.

The seven-story building will be located behind the site’s current shopping mall.

Lundgren Equity Partners of Auburn is offering the building, which will ring in at around 205,000 square feet, according to an application before the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

Depending on the application, the majority of the existing shopping center on the Shrewsbury Street parcel will remain and parking will be reconfigured to provide approximately 178 spaces.

The plaza currently includes Mexicali Cantina Grill and InHouse Coffee. At one time, the building was home of Lawless Cadillac Pontiac.

An existing industrial building on the Albany Street site is proposed for demolition and conversion to parking to add 120 spaces to the project, depending on demand.

A public hearing for the building was scheduled for Monday, but was postponed until the October council meeting.

Meanwhile, the ZBA voted 6-0 Monday in favor of parking and parking-related differentials for a nine-story mixed-use commercial/residential building in the former Fairway Beef on Grafton Street.

“This is an opportunity to revitalize a site that has been vacant for about a year and turn it into much-needed housing and retail,” said Zak Kiritsy, Founder of AKROS Development.

AKROS is planning a building of approximately 90,000 square feet where the vacant store will be located. The plans call for approximately 105 dwellings, adding to a series of housing projects in the area of ​​the city. Additionally, the developers plan approximately 1,000 square feet of retail space, a 72-space parking garage, and an automated, stacked parking system.

“This is a new concept for the City of Worcester,” Joshua Lee Smith, a Bowditch & Dewey attorney representing the developers, said of the parking system Monday night.

The building will also promote green design, the project architect said, as it is expected to be fully electric and include electric vehicle chargers and solar panels on the roof.

“This is the kind of development I would like to see in the city,” member Jordan Berg-Powers told the board before voting for the necessary approvals.