Not only will spring bring flowers and foliage to Braintree, but it will also bring construction.
After a second community meeting this past Wednesday on the Braintree-Weymouth landing, Braintree officials are ready to move forward with the final plans for the site’s revitalization.
From crosswalks to streetlights, residents will soon see the results of a state-awarded $2.4 million grant given to the two towns in Dec. of 2009.
The landing, a 52 property mixed retail and residential complex located on the Braintree/Weymouth town line, has been a priority for Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan since he came in office in 2008. The area has struggled in years past, however officials hope the revitalization of sidewalks, park benches, and entryways will entice businesses back into the area.
Although the plans have been finalized, they will receive minor changes based on community feedback.
“There were some questions out there but not a lot. For the most part, there weren’t people wanting to redesign the whole thing,” said Richard Latini, a civil engineer with Howard/Stein-Hudson Associates, Inc., who gave the presentation. “But we are trying to move quick.”
Construction is slated to begin in spring and must be finished by spring 2012, said Christine Stickney, the Planning Director for Braintree.
Stickney anticipates that the design package should go out within the next 30 days. At that time bidders will submit proposals to the site and a contractor will be selected.
Although the project is a month behind, Stickney said it should finish on schedule.
“Under the [$2.4 million Public Works Economic Development] grant, we have to have it done by June 30 2012. The majority will be done this summer into the early fall, and there might be one or two small things next spring,” she said.
Both Braintree and Weymouth recently passed zoning amendments to make the area more attractive to businesses.
“It should look nice when the project is all said and done … after that [whatever market comes in], we’ll take it. So it think after this we’ve done everything we can,” Stickney said.