11 Sever St

Mural Bring New Life to the Fruit Sever Apartments

Muralists from Spain, China, and California brightened the drab brick and concrete facades of the Fruit Sever Apartments during POW! WOW! 2017, inspiring viewers to take flight.

When urban renewal came to the Elm Park neighborhood in the late 1960s, it brought with it the prospect of government-supported affordable housing. In 1971, work began on a $4 million apartment complex between Fruit and Sever Streets that included 132 apartments for low and moderate income families. The first step was clearing the block of existing structures (including the old Sever Street School) in the 1960s. With government support, Hayeck Building & Realty and the Interfaith Housing Corporation of Worcester cooperated on the construction project, building a complex that spanned Sever Street with a 10-story building on the west side and four three story buildings on the east, behind Worcester Housing Authority’s Pleasant St. apartments for the elderly. Although the property has changed hands several times, the buildings continue to provide affordable housing units with state support through tax credit equity.