WORCESTER - Weintraub’s Delicatessen, Worcester’s last remaining Jewish deli, was sold last week to local real estate developer Edward Murphy.
But Dariush “David” Mizrahi, who has run the business at 126 Water St. for the last 30 years, is still behind the counter, slicing kosher corned beef and pastrami and serving up matzo ball soup.
“I didn’t want the business closed,” Mr. Mizrahi, 61, said.
As for retirement? “I’ll think about that later.”
Mr. Mizrahi said the 98-year-old deli’s prospects would benefit from the proposed relocation to Worcester of the Pawtucket Red Sox and redevelopment of the Kelley Square area, including construction of the 10,000-seat Polar Park stadium for the top Red Sox minor league affiliate.
Dr. Charles Steinberg, PawSox president, came to Weintraub’s on Friday and ordered a tuna fish sandwich and side of coleslaw, according to Mr. Mizrahi. He told the waiters he’d be back.
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“It’s the perfect situation, and I think everything is going to come together,” said developer Ed Murphy, the owner of the Worcester-based Baystate Investment Fund, who owns several properties around the future ballpark site.
Worcester had its own development boom in recent years before the PawSox announced their intention to morph into the WooSox. CitySquare, a $565M mixed-use multiphased development, is underway on the site of the old Worcester Common Outlets mall downtown. Roseland Residential Trust completed 145 Front St. at City Square earlier this year. Boston-based Trinity Financial is reportedly investing $55M to turn the former Worcester County Courthouse into 114 units of housing.
“I think the increased cost of living in Boston and the improvement of Worcester’s reputation since 2008 has helped,” Murphy said. “A lot of people have come back home when, in the past, they may not have wanted to.”
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Real estate interest grows
Real estate developer Ed Murphy's Kelley Square office lies less than half a mile from the long-abandoned Wyman Gordon property where the stadium will be built.
And while he is not yet fielding calls from national chains looking to set up shop nearby, there was a surge of interest as the PawSox deal became reality in recent weeks, he said.
"There's been an influx in the last two weeks of local tenants," Murphy said. "There's also investors calling about properties we have in the neighborhood to purchase."
Kelley Square, the city's chaotic, stoplight-free gateway between I-290 and the Canal District, will receive a state-funded overhaul to prepare for additional traffic, officials said Friday. According to Murphy, that will be a necessity.
"Pumping this much traffic through there 100 plus nights to year, it's going to need some tweaking," he said.
With the stadium not opening until in 2021, Murphy said property prices will likely increase on speculation of the foot traffic and economic activity to come.
Murphy said he plans on attending games and concerts once the stadium is open.
"I'd love to support the team," Murphy said. "I think it's a great thing for me to be able to walk from my office and go to a game."
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