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A developer has proposed building a four-story, 122,900-square-foot self-storage facility next to the Fore River Bridge rotary in Quincy Point.
A developer has proposed building a four-story, 122,900-square-foot self-storage facility next to the Fore River Bridge rotary in Quincy Point.
The planning board Wednesday heard a plan from Jumbo Self Storage LLC, led by Jay and Howard Hirsh, to build the self-storage facility on a 1.5-acre lot at 671 & 661-665 Washington St., near the intersection of South Street. The land is currently part of a larger boat-storage yard just west of the rotary and north of the old shipyard.

Ward 2 City Councilor Brad Croall said the proposed lot near the Fore River Bridge is a key gateway point for Quincy, and a self-storage facility, if designed appropriately, would look better than a boat yard.
“That’s the first point of judgment for motorists coming into the city, and I think we can do better (than a boat yard). I really do,” Croall said.
The proposed facility, which would ultimately be managed by a self-storage company once its built, would hold 1,062 containers and the site would include 12 parking spaces, new green space and a loading area. The developer plans to demolish the existing building that was once part of a gas station and most recently held a donation center and Quincy Checker Cab.
Jumbo is buying only a portion of the boat yard, meaning the rest – owned by Paul Griffith and Michael Scalisi of Quincy Maritime Park, LLC – would continue storing boats.
The site is in an industrial zoning district, meaning a self-storage facility is an allowed use. But the developer is seeking three special permits: one because it’s a major, non-residential use; one for a parking waiver; and one for a sign waiver.
The city’s zoning code currently doesn’t allow commercial signs to be over 60 square feet, and the developer is proposing two signs that are 250 square feet each. And Edward Fleming, Jumbo Self Storage’s attorney, said the business will need many less parking spaces than what’s required because self-storage facilities are “low-traffic generators.”
Fleming said the building will be similar in size and design to the Extra Space Storage facility recently built at 27 Liberty St.
 

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