The SSEDC’s Housing Committee supports the Town of Rockland’s 40R Overlay District Zoning change. The 40R overlay district encourages smart growth, housing production and revitalization of key areas in town. Rockland is looking to attract investment and make development more feasible within their downtown center. The Overlay district includes: area of Union Street between North Avenue and the intersection of East Water and West Water streets. Town officials and community members are looking to open the door for redeveloping the town’s center which had been struggling for years with vacant storefronts and deteriorating buildings.
The Chamber has been very active with REiMAGINE Rockland, a community group, in charge of leading some of these revitalization efforts. In the fall of 2018, the Rockland Chamber and REiMAGINE Rockland organized walking tour of the downtown to highlight areas targeted for revitalization.
The SSEDC’s Housing Committee supports the Union Point development in Weymouth, Rockland & Abington (4,000+ new homes at full buildout). The project offers an opportunity to create a whole new hub within the region that answers not only housing needs, but other economic needs. The project’s proximity to the South Weymouth Commuter Rail & the Rt. 18 corridor makes the area more attractive to both a younger talent pool priced out of the Boston market and downsizing baby boomers. There is currently a mix of 55+ housing and market rate housing. Miles of walking trails, a farmer’s market, community hockey rink and more recently a sports complex have been added. This is a catalyst project with potential to spread additional development and investment to surrounding communities.
South Shore Chamber Housing Committee