Patriot Ledger | By Sean Philip Cotter
February 24, 2017
QUINCY – First came the trains, a new and easier way for South Shore commuters to make the daily trip into Boston.
Now, the train stations and T stops are becoming hubs of residential, commercial and industrial growth, as developers clamor to build apartment and condo buildings, restaurants and businesses around them. Across the South Shore, more than 2,000 apartments or condos are being built or planned around train stations and development of 295,000 square feet of commercial space is on the table.
Some of the most stark examples of the trend are in Quincy, where massive projects making their way through the permitting process would tear up government-owned parking lots and replace them with hulking buildings near the North Quincy and Quincy Center T stations.
The North Quincy project would bring 600 apartments and 50,000 square feet of retail space onto the T property. A few blocks away from the Quincy Center T station, Mayor Thomas Koch’s administration wants to sell portions of the city-owned Hancock parking lot to two different developers who would build a proposed 295 high-end apartments with a combined 19,000 square feet of commercial space.
“Transit-oriented development” refers to growth near transportation centers. Around the South Shore, that means mostly MBTA Red Line and commuter rail stations.
Including both completed and proposed apartments and condos, several South Shore stations feature major examples of this: