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A New Vision For Quincy: The City Goes Tall With Redevelopment

A new, 15-story building in the downtown anchors a massive revitalization effort

As the Boston housing market grows increasingly competitive, people are looking south to Quincy, where they can live close to both the T and the big city.

For its part, Quincy has launched a massive revitalization effort, building hundreds of new apartments and developing more parking. It’s also about to dramatically change its skyline, constructing a 15-story high rise that will be the tallest residential building in the downtown.

Mayor Thomas Koch is a Quincy native and the driving force behind the planning and developing of the New Quincy Center. He said there are several projects happening simultaneously: There’s a new historic park — Hancock-Adams Green — being built in Quincy Center, the MBTA station is getting an upgrade, and four new high-end residential apartments are being built.

“For years I heard, ‘You’ve got to do something about downtown.’ And, ‘Now you’re doing something about downtown? Jeez, what are you doing to the downtown?’ Some people have trouble with change,” Koch said.

But Main Street is making a resurgence, he said.

“This will be the tallest residential building in the city,” Koch said. “It’s part of our downtown re-development program, a program which consists of commercial, residential, retail, professional space. We’re well underway, and we’re dealing with all those issues that go with it.”

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