The Patriot Ledger | By Patrick Ronan
November 7, 2016
QUINCY – Residents can weigh in on Mayor Thomas Koch’s plan to loosen the zoning rules at three Quincy MBTA stations during a special city council meeting Thursday.
Koch has proposed rezoning the North Quincy, Wollaston and Quincy Adams T properties to streamline the permitting process and allow for denser projects, in hopes of attracting new mixed-use, transit-oriented development to those sites.
On Thursday at 6:15 p.m., the city council will host a hearing at Old City Hall to solicit feedback from the public on Koch’s proposed zoning changes, which are similar to the development-friendly zoning already in place downtown, including at the Quincy Center T station.
The new zoning designations for the three other stations, called “transit-oriented districts,” would allow for taller buildings (up to 10 stories), less stringent parking requirements and no dimensional and setback requirements. Development proposals at the stations would go before the planning board for review and approval.
If adopted by the council, the new zoning rules would seemingly benefit a pending proposal by Bozzuto Development and Atlantic Development to redevelop the North Quincy T station’s parking lot. As part of the plan, the T would sign a 99-year lease with Bozzuto/Atlantic, which in turn would construct new residential and commercial space as well as a new parking garage.