May 28, 2017

Not-so-Great Wall has downtown business in limbo

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Mark Henderson/Worcester Sun

The Great Wall restaurant on Main Street has been closed since April 20.

A longstanding Chinese restaurant in the heart of downtown — and on a list of more than two dozen properties targeted by the city in a sprawling urban renewal plan — has been closed for more than a month as its owner and city officials grapple with how to address its crumbling facade.

The property at 521 Main St., across from the Denholm Building and between Franklin and Federal streets, is home to the Great Wall Chinese restaurant. Significant structural erosion of the rear exterior wall that faces the alleyway known as Allen Court is the primary concern.

Deputy Building Commissioner David Horne said the damage to the brick and concrete wall impacts the restaurant as well as the adjacent (and connected) buildings at 517 Main St. (which has a MetroPCS on the first floor) and 525 Main St. (home to Alpha Travel Agency).

“It’s an issue we want to get rectified and move as swiftly as possible,” Horne said early last week.

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