Home to remember
Tuesday, September 17, 2002

By John J. Monahan
Telegram & Gazette Staff

WORCESTER-- What began as a project to remember the bravery and dedication of six firefighters who died in the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. fire on Dec. 3, 1999, will result in two families moving into renovated homes on Vernon Hill this fall.
Already more than 50 families have shown interest in buying the recently completed two-family home at 24 Barclay St., which was salvaged from an abandoned home by the Oak Hill Community Development Corp.
At an open house yesterday, the determination of the neighborhood organization to preserve housing was evident in the transformation into two spacious and affordable units that feature completely renovated interiors and exteriors, wooden decks overlooking the city from the north face of Vernon Hill and a green lawn accented by a white picket fence.
The house, which is on the market for $150,000, includes a four-bedroom unit and a two-bedroom apartment and will be sold to a low/moderate-income first-time home buyer who commits to living there for 15 years.