One of the most recent proposed developments for the Wollaston Center is 75 apartments with retail spaces on the ground-level, including one that could possibly be used for a brewery or restaurant. This new development was proposed by Bayfort Holdings and would include demolishing several retail buildings on Beale St. and four-family houses on Cushing St. and Chapman St. All in an effort to make room for the newly proposed development, which would also include a two-story parking garage at the back of the property.
A layer for the development company, Zhang said that this plan was in keeping with the city’s initiative to redevelop the Wollaston Center. The city’s Mayor, Thomas Koch targeted this area for redevelopment six months ago. He began the process of developing an urban revitalization area by providing specially zoned sections that would encourage further development of the city.
It appears that as you look around, many city’s are adopting the same redevelopment structure. They continue to receive assistance from the Mayor’s to receive designated areas for redevelopment in the urban areas of the city. Since it has worked so well for many of the other cities, chances are that Quincy will also benefit from its efforts too. As a part of this initiative in Quincy, over 200 Wollaston residents and several business owners met over a year ago to discuss what they would like to see for the neighborhood transformation. Among the things that were proposed was a brewery, affordable housing, and restaurants.
After the developers of Zhang carefully considered the report while also designing the proposed mixed-use development on Beale St. They met with the city planning department and discussed what they hoped would happen in the city and what their interests were in redeveloping Wollaston Center. They also wanted to know what the neighbors thought of their redevelopment and planning proposals so that they could be included in their plans. It’s clear that they realize that in order for things to work out well, it would have to be a collaborative effort between themselves and the city.
Their proposed building project would be four stories high in the back and seven stories on the Beale Street side. The apartments would be on the higher floors of the building. The property would also include a courtyard, fitness facility, and meeting space. In the proposed project it includes wider sidewalks on Beale Street with several retail spaces on the bottom (street) level. Retail space would range from 963 to 6,125 square feet with the largest being a two-story space with a complete basement area, which is where a brewery or restaurant could be housed. Since there are currently no breweries in Quincy, this makes it the largest community without a brewery. As the city continues to transform itself, there is increased interest in a brewery in the area. It already has new restaurants and apartments so the next step is to also include a brewery.