Patriot Ledger | By Patrick Ronan
October 19, 2016
A businessman’s plan to replace an industrial facility near the Neponset Bridge in North Quincy with a six-story residential building would involve an extensive clean-up of toxic chemicals from the site.
John McCormack, owner of Industrial Heat Treating at 31-39 Newbury St., has hired Web Engineering Associates of Norwell to remove contaminants from the soil and groundwater underneath the business, which specializes in treating metals. The clean-up would be a key part of the residential project, which calls for 84 residential units on four floors, 108 parking spaces on two garage levels and 18 outdoor parking spaces.
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City officials and one of the project’s neighbors expressed some concerns about the project, including its potential impact on traffic, the spread of rats, and issues relating to health and qualify of life issues for neighbors. These concerns will need to be addressed by the development team when the project is scheduled to come back before the planning board on Dec. 14.
Ward 3 City Councilor Ian Cain, who represents parts of North Quincy, asked McCormack why he hadn’t scheduled a community meeting to introduce the project to neighbors, a common first step before a plan goes before the city’s regulatory boards.