The council moved forward with a major mixed-use project and affordable-housing rules.
Patriot Ledger | By Sean Philip Cotter
April 19, 2017
QUINCY – The future of downtown development came into clearer focus Tuesday night as city council gave the go-ahead to a big mixed-use project while also making it so all future projects in Quincy Center are subject to the city’s affordable-housing rules.
The project, proposed by LBC Partners of Boston, includes 171 apartments over 15,000 square feet of commercial space at 1500 Hancock St.
The city council on Tuesday approved a land-swap between the city, which owns the Hancock lot behind the property, which is owned by the developers. The agreement, negotiated by Mayor Thomas Koch’s administration and LBC, gives the developers more room, but cedes to the city space for wider sidewalks and a public atrium that would lead back from Hancock Street to the lot, which Koch’s administration plans to replace with open pedestrian space and a large parking garage.
The council’s vote does not give the project final approval. That will be on the planning board, which will vote on both this proposal and one for a 15-story mixed-use building on the other side of the lot during that board’s May or June meetings, said principal planner Rob Stevens.
Dan Bailey, an attorney representing LBC, told the council that his clients will quickly begin preparation of the Hancock Street site, which right now consists of empty storefronts.
“The building will be demolished by the end of May,” he said.
At-large councilor Joseph Finn expressed his displeasure about the fact that the council was voting on this matter at the end of Tuesday’s meeting without making it known to the public they were going to do so. That’s allowed under council rules, as the agreement has had various discussions and public hearings before council committees, but Finn said it’s bad practice.