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New Quincy Center Station Development Includes Office and Retail Space Plus More Than 600 Apartment Units

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is expected to soon approve a final plan to construct more than 600 apartments, along with 225,000 square feet of retail and office space, above and near downtown Quincy Center Station.

In addition to the new construction, the developer plans to upgrade Quincy Station, build a new bus terminal and bring back the more than 600 parking spaces that were taken out during the 2012 garage-repair project. The current project involves the following three phases:

Phase One

Phase One of the project involves the following steps: (1) upgrading Quincy Station, (2) constructing a new bus terminal, (3) constructing 300 apartments on the current bus route, access road and front parking lot, (4) developing retail space and (5) creating 250 parking spaces. The expected completion date for this phase is 2023.

Phase Two

Expected to be completed by 2027, Phase Two concerns the present site of the station. Later this winter, the top three floors of the station garage will be demolished and replaced with an additional 300 apartments and more than 300 parking spots.

Phase Three

Scheduled for completion by 2031, Phase Three involves constructing a 225,000-square-foot building and additional parking atop the tracks behind city hall.

Plans for Phases Two and Three aren't set in stone and could vary in the amount of space set aside for residential, commercial or office use.

During the course of a 99-year lease, the developer would pay MBTA $167 million for the entire three-phase project. Because of this price, MBTA preferred the project over another offer from a Virginia-based developer to lease the land for $6.3 million and construct more than 300 apartments, 14,500 square feet of office space, 13,200 square feet of retail space and more than 300 parking spots on top of the present station and parking area. MBTA recommended the three-phase project because of the higher revenue potential and greater number of apartments.

No matter which proposal were approved, around $20 million would be delegated to the MBTA infrastructure. In addition, both plans call for at least 10 percent of the total apartment units to fall under the affordable housing category.

Quincy Center Revitalized

All told, more than 1 million square feet of commercial space, hundreds of apartment units and major public infrastructure projects have either been completed in the past few years or are currently underway in Quincy Center. This amounts to hundreds of permanent jobs.

One of the first of the recent projects was a 56-unit condo complex and 7,500 square feet of commercial space constructed at the former site of an F.W. Woolworth building. One of the buildings was completed this past spring.

Also in the process of being updated is the stage at the Hancock Adams Green park in front of city hall. This $16-million-plus project includes statues and fountains and is expected to be completed by next summer.

Another recent project is located in the Hancock Street area. This plan includes two apartment complexes, the 15-story, 124-unit Chestnut Place and the 7-story, 171-unit Nova Residences. Now Quincy's tallest building, the steel-framed Chestnut Place luxury apartment complex is touted as the "centerpiece" of the renovated Quincy downtown. The sprinkler-equipped building includes one- and two-bedroom options with 10-foot-high ceilings on the lower floors and 12-foot-high ceilings on the top two floors. Each unit features quality appliances and a washer and dryer.

Easily accessible to the MBTA line, the secured-access, pet-friendly Chestnut Place community offers such amenities as private gardens, a fitness room, Wi-Fi in the commons area and a covered walkway to covered garage parking. Commercial space occupies the first floor.

Also included in the Hancock development is a 730-space parking garage and surrounding infrastructure upgrades. Until the garage is finished, parking options will remain scarce. In the planning stages is a future project that would create up to 1 million square feet of commercial space at the site of the Ross Garage.

The declining real estate business in downtown Boston in recent years has resulted in home and business owners and renters to seek more affordable property in surrounding areas, among them, Quincy. Large complexes have been built or are currently undergoing construction in Quincy Point, Marina Bay and Crown Colony Drive. Other medium-sized apartment and condo developments have been constructed in Wollaston. Wollaston Manor is an affordable community that offers studio and one- and two-bedroom apartment options. Close to the MBTA line, Wollaston Manor features generous-sized balconies with a panoramic view of the Boston area, a large community room with kitchen and flat-screen TV, on-site laundry facilities and 24-hour emergency maintenance service.

Quincy's planning director claims he hasn't seen such an active real estate market in the area since the 1980s, which was before the bubble burst in 1990. Young professionals are attracted to luxury apartments because there's no need to be concerned about long-term mortgages.

North Quincy Station Development

Meanwhile, the same developer behind the three-phase Quincy Center Station project is also working on a plan to build on land leased from the MBTA at its North Quincy Station. Scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2018, the project includes more than 600 apartments, 50,000 square feet of commercial space and 1,600 parking spaces. A parking garage will be the first phase of the construction.

West Quincy Apartments

Another project attesting to Quincy's surge in construction is a 269-unit apartment complex in West Quincy located near a former quarry site and Granite Links Golf Club. Expected to be in the works for a year and a half, ground breaking for Quarry Hills II is set to begin within a couple months.

Although the city council approved the project two years ago, the developer decided to wait until competing construction had subsided.

Comprised of two buildings, the complex will house high-end apartments with half consisting of one-bedroom units and half featuring two bedrooms. Renters in their twenties and thirties should find these apartments to be attractive for their respective lifestyles.

Constructed around a decade ago, the 316-unit Quarry Hills I was the first apartment complex in an area that's easily accessible to Quincy Center and South Shore Plaza, as well as downtown Boston. A garden-style community, Quarry Hills apartments provide residents with scenic views of the Boston skyline. Each unit features generous-sized floor plans and elegant hardwood floors. Ranging in size from the 790-square-foot one-bedroom units to the 1,400-plus-square-foot three-bedroom units, each apartment features a washer and dryer, central air conditioning, private balcony, walk-in closets, kitchen with granite counters and stainless appliances and an individual garage. Garden tubs are available in select units.

All residents of the access-controlled, smoke-free, pet-friendly Quarry Hills community can enjoy such exclusive amenities as business and fitness centers, on-site management, outdoor grilling area, heated swimming pool and valet dry-cleaning services.

Other developments followed Quarry Hills I, including the six-story, 492-unit Elevation, the 396-unit Avalon Quincy, the 352-unit Meriel Marina Bay, the 180-unit Deco and the 169-unit West of Chestnut.

Located on Quarry Street, Avalon Quincy is a high-end community featuring studio and one- and two-bedroom units. Den and furnished options are available. Each apartment unit contains a washer and dryer, generous-sized walk-in closets and hardwood flooring in the kitchen and living areas. The contemporary-themed kitchen features stainless steel appliances and natural stone counter tops. All residents can enjoy the convenience of on-site parking.

The smoke-free Avalon community offers such amenities as direct access to I-93 and free weekday rush-hour shuttle service to the MBTA station. Other amenities include a lounge, fitness center, rooftop deck with scenic view of Boston Harbor and Quincy Bay, outdoor heated swimming pool and sun deck, courtyards with fireplaces and grills and Wi-Fi in common areas. The pet-friendly community also features a dog park and WAG the Pet Program in coordination with VCA Animal Hospitals.

The luxurious seafront Meriel Marina Bay apartments combine a contemporary and eclectic urban lifestyle with the comfort of a resort community. The complex's architecture was inspired by the beautiful nearby ocean scene. Alongside the modern design, some furnishings borrow from history, as tables in the lounges are constructed of recycled marine lumber, and the wood-plank floors replicate the deck of an 1800s-era ship. The specially-designed double-hung windows are, likewise, a blend of old and new. The high-end Meriel Marina Bay units range from studio to three-bedroom options.

Available in studio, one- or two-bedroom options, the spacious, open-concept luxury Deco apartments feature 9-foot-high ceilings, 6-foot-high windows, walk-in closets, washer and dryer, central HVAC system, tankless water heater and contemporary-themed kitchen with quartz counter tops and Energy Star-rated stainless steel appliances.

Five stories high and conveniently located near the Quincy Adams MBTA Red Line, the Deco community offers its residents a heated outdoor swimming pool, club room with glass walls, fireplace and pool tables, fitness center, outdoor putting green, grill area with fire pit, pet spa and car-charging station.

The ultra-modern, luxury West of Chestnut apartments exemplify today's high-end lifestyle. Each naturally-lit studio, one- and two-bedroom unit features generous-sized windows, wide-planked floors, walk-in closets, washer and dryer and contemporary kitchen with breakfast bar, Italian-designed cabinetry, shiny quartz counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Private balconies are available with select units.

The entire West of Chestnut community has access to 24-hour emergency on-site maintenance, garage parking, bike and miscellaneous storage facilities, a business center with work space, outdoor grill and lounge, resident-only suite and bar, fitness center and private cross training.

Munroe Place

Just a step from the Quincy Center Red Line, Munroe Place offers one- and two-bedroom carpeted, cable-ready apartment units, ranging in size from just over 800 square feet to just under 1,400. Each unit features central HVAC, spacious closets, washer and dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave. Select units are available with a patio or balcony.

The Munroe Place community is, itself, a virtual "town" offering an on-site convenience store, Starbucks and dry cleaner. The gated community also includes such convenient amenities as on-site management and maintenance, elevator, business and fitness centers, bike racks and high-speed Internet. Cats are welcome under the community's pet policy.

Alistar Quincy

Located within 2 miles of downtown Quincy, the renovated Alistar Quincy apartments are available in one- , two- and three-bedroom options. Featuring new flooring, lighting and fixtures, Alistar Quincy is a combination of past and present. The remodeled open-floor-plan units include such modern features as wood-plank floors, granite counter tops, custom cabinets, stainless steel appliances and contemporary tile backsplashes. Each unit also includes a washer and dryer, fireplace, large bay window and private patio or balcony.

The pet-friendly Alistar Quincy community offers residents large landscaped grounds, a grilling area, swimming pool and deck, fitness studio, Starbucks cyber café, private clubhouse with lounge and flat-screen TV, conference room with Wi-Fi and exclusive shuttle service to the Quincy MBTA line.

Cliveden Place

A short walk from Quincy Center Station, Cliveden Place is a luxury apartment complex featuring two- and three-bedroom units complete with 10-foot-high ceilings and 8-foot-high windows. The two traditionally-designed buildings, the five-story Hancock Street and the six-story Ross Way, each contain 24 open-floor-plan units featuring hard-plank wood flooring, laundry, floor-heated master suite and bath and contemporary-designed kitchen with quartz counter tops, stainless appliances and breakfast bar.

The first floor of the Hancock Street building contains 8,000 square feet of commercial space known as The Shoppes Cliveden. The entrance to the tower's residences is via a marble lobby with secure elevator access. A 22-space parking area is located at the rear of the building.

The first two floors of the Ross Way building contain a 36-space parking area. A two-story glass atrium provides access to the residential units.

Liberty Place

Located on two scenic acres, the historically-designed, modern-constructed Liberty Place contains 53 one- and two-bedroom luxury apartments complete with hardwood floors, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Surrounded by a beautifully-landscaped "Great Lawn," the Liberty Place building features a roof deck with picturesque views, two elevators, a fitness room and garage parking.

22 Mechanic

A short walk from the MBTA Red Line, the five-story, 34-unit, 29,000-plus-square-foot 22 Mechanic apartment complex offers one- and two-bedroom units featuring 10-foot-high ceilings, large windows, concrete floors, stone counter tops, chrome hardware and stainless steel Energy Star-rated appliances.

Butler Landing

Constructed of historically-inspired brick and mortar, Butler Landing was transformed from commercial space to a 23-unit luxury apartment complex. Each one- and two-bedroom unit features ceilings over 9 feet high, hardwood flooring, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.

Residents of Butler Landing enjoy the convenience of a central elevator, fitness center and extra storage.

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