QUINCY — State and local officials gathered in Quincy yesterday to announce a $2.3 million MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant to the city that will support construction of a new north-south roadway and utility corridor in Quincy Center. The new roadway – to be known as General McConville Way – will unlock the development potential in a key area of the city’s downtown revitalization plan now underway.
The roadway project will assist in the creation of six new parcels for development and will result in more than an acre of new green space in the immediate area. In addition, construction of the new roadway is expected to attract approximately $200 million in private investment, leading to approximately 150,000 square feet of new medical, office, commercial, and retail space; 200 new units of housing; a 120-room hotel; and a 450-space parking facility. During the buildout, the project is expected to support approximately 400 construction jobs; when complete, the area will experience a net increase of 150 permanent jobs.
The grant announcement followed the recent announcement of two other awards Quincy has received through the Community One Stop for Growth platform: a $75,000 Housing Choice Community Grant to conduct a review and analysis of the city’s Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance, and a $100,000 Urban Agenda grant to support a Minority Business Roundtable that will provide access to digital marketing expertise to approximately two dozen minority-owned businesses.
“The grants announced today continue a historic and longstanding commitment by Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito to foster private investment through vital infrastructure investments,” said Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch. “Downtown Quincy is once again the economic engine for our entire region, and that is in no small part due to the work of this Administration. I am incredibly grateful for this ongoing partnership.”
“The grants being celebrated here today will improve our city’s infrastructure, increase access to affordable housing, bridge the digital divide in Quincy, and bring hundreds of new jobs to the city in the process,” said Speaker of the House Ronald J. Mariano. “I am proud of the work that we have done in the Legislature to appropriate funding for the many important projects that result from the MassWorks Infrastructure program.”
“I am pleased that these MassWorks funds will enable the city of Quincy to strengthen the downtown corridor while also honoring the service of one of its most distinguished community members,” said State Senator John F. Keenan. “This new roadway and the associated development will create hundreds of homes and jobs for Quincy residents, and represent a lasting tribute to General McConville.”
“This MassWorks grant will enable the city of Quincy to make much needed improvements to the Walter Hannon Parkway intersection and develop the utility corridor,” said State Representative Tackey Chan. “I’m especially pleased that Quincy was the recipient of two additional One Stop grants, demonstrating the Commonwealth’s strong commitment to the city. The grants will allow the city to review the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance and address the need for more affordable housing as well as provide digital support and marketing expertise for our minority-owned businesses.”