Patriot Ledger | By Patrick Ronan
November 16, 2016
The public has received its first glimpse of a developer’s plans to build more than 600 apartments, 50,000 square feet of retail space and roughly 1,000 parking spaces on top of the North Quincy MBTA station parking lot.
“It’s interesting,” North Quincy resident Maureen Conway said of the proposal. “If it’s done well, it could be great; but it has to be done thoughtfully.”
On Tuesday night, North Quincy Partners LLC – a partnership of The Bozzuto Group of Washington, D.C. and Atlantic Development of Hingham – unveiled their project during a workshop that attracted about 75 people to the Kennedy Center in North Quincy.
The workshop, organized by Ward 6 City Councilor William Harris and Ward 3 City Councilor Ian Cain, allowed residents to ask questions and express concerns about the transit-oriented project, which is contingent on permitting approvals at the city and state levels as well as the city council loosening zoning rules at its T stations.
Furthermore, Mayor Thomas Koch and the city council have to decide whether to allow the T to lease out the state-owned, 7-acre North Quincy parking lot, because the city has “air rights” over the T properties in Quincy. The T has proposed signing a 99-year lease with North Quincy Partners LLC that would generate about $230 million in rent for the cash-strapped state agency.