Major change has come to Quincy. Yesterday’s groundbreaking ceremony celebrated the rebirth of a great American city that is ready for transformation.
New Quincy Center is a textbook example of public/private partnership. The first phase of the historic redevelopment is the construction of Merchants Row, with 289 residential units, 35,000 sf of retail, and the renovation of the landmark Granite Trust Building.
The event is the first of what Street-Works Cofounding Partner Ken Narva expects will be 15 groundbreakings as the project takes shape over the next few years.
“This City of Presidents deserves our total commitment,” he said. “New Quincy Center will be personal, intimate, and reflect the fabric and passion of the community.”
Speakers at the event also included MA Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki, and Congressman Stephen Lynch. Former Congressman Bill Delahunt and two past mayors of the city were among the 200 on hand in scorching heat.
Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch best summed up the unbridled optimism of those in attendance. “We’re a city on the move. Strap yourself in.”
Photo of Street-Works’ Ken Narva