BRAINTREE – On both sides of Commercial Street on Friday, construction crews were at work on the remaking of Weymouth Landing.
They paused for a moment at the site of a $50 million, mixed-use development Landing 53 for a groundbreaking ceremony.
At the same time, work was continuing nearby on the construction of a new family restaurant by the Sarras family on the former site of the Landing Pub and Ultimate Pizza.
Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan said the developments, along with another planned mixed-use complex on a nearby Weymouth property owned by Nick Delegas would bring 500 to 600 new residents to the area.
“That will create a new neighborhood for us.” he said. He said the changes “will lift the Landing for many years to come.”The Landing 53 development will consist of 178 apartments, 11,500 square feet of retail space and 198 parking spaces. The development is scheduled to be completed in early 2018.
Sullivan said the changes come after much public investment in the area, from the construction of the commuter rail station to a $2.4 million Public Works Economic Development grant used to make improvements to the area.
State Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said there needs to be more developments like this close to public transportation in areas outside Boston and Cambridge, where housing costs have become prohibitive.
Developer Josh Katzen said that since his company develops properties and doesn’t usually sell them, he plans to be part of the neighborhood for a long time. He commended town officials for partnering with him on the project.
The Landing 53 development will consist of 178 departments, 11,500 square feet of retail space and 198 parking spaces. The development is scheduled to be completed in early 2018.
The groundbreaking took place by the nearly completed first floor of the structure
The Sarras property will have a 95-seat restaurant with outdoor seating with two retail spaces.
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