Quincy commercial project puts more pressure on planning board

In previous posts, we've covered the commercial real estate proposal in downtown Quincy. As a refresher, the large-scale project is on the footprint of the old hospital, in a residential area. There has been much back and forth about the project, and strong opinions on both sides of the issue. There has been more pressure put on the planning board to come to a decision on several issues affecting the project.

A Quincy city councilor has proposed to put the brakes on the massive development proposed for the former Quincy Medical Center site until the developer follows through with their promise to the city concerning a downtown project. The developer originally proposed to redevelop a 5.3-acre slice of land, located in Quincy city center that once held the old Ross parking garage. This was something meant to be a sort of gift to the city and the public.

It's not that the redevelopment won't happen by the developer, but to date, nothing has happened yet. The conversation for the large-scale 200,000 square foot redevelopment project has been ongoing since 2016. If approved, the project would host medical offices, a 140-room hotel and 110 new apartments. It's been slow-going for the project that has technically not lifted off the ground yet.

There have been zoning issues, strife between developer and neighbors near the proposed project as well as delays on behalf of the developer and the city council. It doesn't mean the project won't get off the ground, but it appears that there is some uncertainty as to what will happen next. Finding a way to the finish line will take some creativity and communication on both sides.

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