Patriot Ledger | By Jessica Trufant
March 21, 2017
WEYMOUTH – Two Weymouth businessmen are partnering to propose two buildings with a total of 58 apartment units and retail space on the first floor overlooking Weston Park in Weymouth Landing.
Joe Gratta, CEO of Weymouth-based Atlantic Mechanical, and Weymouth taxi company owner Metri Metri want to put two mix-use buildings at 143 and 165 Washington St., which border Weston Park.
Gratta’s proposal at 143 Washington St. would be the larger of the two buildings, and have 42 one-bedroom apartments and 1,800 square feet of retail space on the first floor. Gratta said he envisions a bagel-and-coffee shop or similar business in that space. In the project’s second phase, Metri’s building would add 16 apartments and retail on the first floor.
Gratta said the proposal fits in well with the park, which will soon get $1.5 million in upgrades under a $11.4 million plan to improve the town’s fields, courts and playgrounds. A deck connected to the retail space would overlook the park and be open to the public.
“I’m seeing the demographic change in the Landing where there are more urban professionals who want to walk to the commuter rail and then go out and use the park,” said Gratta, who lives across the street from the site and manages several properties in the Landing.