The City of Quincy, located eight miles south of Boston, has begun a $1.6 billion project to revitalize its downtown by adding office space, retail, and housing along Hancock Street. It will be the biggest historic downtown revitalization project in the United States. The city has partnered with Street-Works, a private developer, to carry out its vision.
Up until about thirty years ago, Quincy was a vibrant community with robust industry and a thriving retail market. Things changed when the South Shore Plaza opened in nearby Braintree, drawing away former Quincy shoppers. Now, the City and Street-Works, and many consultants, will be working to rebrand Quincy as a historic and cultural center. They plan to capitalize on Quincy Center’s fortuitous location along Boston’s red line to draw residents and visitors.
The City has historic value as home to generations of the presidential Adams family, it had an internationally known granite business, and contained a major shipyard that produced ships for each of the world wars. Both John Adams and John Quincy Adams were born and are buried in Quincy. It is also the birthplace of John Hancock. The city’s notable architecture includes the Thomas Crane Public Library, by H.H. Richardson, and United First Parish Church, by Alexander Parris.
In October, the City finished construction of the first project of the revitalization plan, the Walter Hannon Parkway. The purpose of the road is to divert traffic from Hancock Street to the perimeter of downtown to create a welcoming environment for pedestrians, crucial to the overall plan’s success. The Parkway has already had the desired impact. Now, the city is investigating traffic patterns related to the next project, Adams Green. This project entails transforming a portion of Hancock Street into a park connecting City Hall, the church, the T station, and the Hancock Street shopping area. Once traffic logistics are resolved, Quincy can move forward with construction on this exciting revitalization. The outlook is quite positive.
Photo Quincy Town hall by Sswonk, Wikipedia