Quincy officials unveiled the first designs of the revitalized Quincy Center, a one-block section of the downtown construction contained within Hancock Street, Chestnut Street, and Cottage Avenue that will feature residential, retail, and office space.
The area, known as “Merchant’s Row” in design plans, was broken out in June for earlier construction, and shovels are planned to be in the ground by early 2013.
“The jobs will start in the very near future,” Mayor Thomas Koch told an audience Wednesday at a press conference about the designs.
According to the city’s partner, Street-Works, the $120 million construction will feature a 60-unit apartment building known as “Granite Trust Lofts”; a 246-unit condo building named “The Kilroy”; a two-story, 186-spot underground public garage; the existing Granite Trust Building, which will be renovated and gutted for office buildings; and the existing Alba’s restaurant section of buildings.
“You have to create the place,” said Ken Narva, a partner of Street-Works. “It was important in the city’s point of view that we pick those blocks to establish the downtown, so there is a place and would reflect the mix of program that makes a successful downtown neighborhood.”
The lower level of the residential buildings will be made up of retail spaces. Although Narva said that they have enough retailers to fill that space, they won’t announce any until they have signed leases.
The design plans also show a street that will bisect the block.
“This is not just some residential building sitting in the corner. We’ve spent time and money on pubic places…we have all three primary uses, and this sits in a visible location – on the new Quincy Square part of the new Green Project and part of the Green itself,” Narva said.