Patriot Ledger | By Jessica Trufant
March 16, 2017
WEYMOUTH – The revival of Weymouth Landing hit a major milestone on Thursday when the zoning board of appeals approved developer Michael Kiley’s proposal to redevelop the Brava building at 59 Washington St. and build on the parcel behind it, at 0 Front St.
Kiley, of Heritage Companies, plans to convert vacant office space above Passport restaurant into two apartments and put up another 21 apartment units with parking on the first and second levels of the new four-story building.
In a vote of 4-0, the board approved Kiley’s request for variances for required parking spaces and landscaping and three special permits. Vice Chairman Edward Foley was not present at the meeting.
“It’s great for the location and a sign of what’s to come in the Landing,” Chairman Richard McLeod said.
The redevelopment of the Landing has been years in the making, and Weymouth and Braintree collaborated on new zoning rules to encourage larger, mixed-use buildings, such as Kiley’s project.
The project includes 19 parking spaces for retail on the first level – which will open up directly onto Front Street – and 25 spaces on the second level accessible only by residents.
Member Jonathan Moriarty expressed concern about congestion in the Landing in light of several proposals, and said he hopes developers are anticipating it.
“I hope as it develops, (property owners) make sure businesses have the parking they need,” he said.