The SSEDC’s Housing Committee supports the overall Cordage Park project in Plymouth (675 new homes at full build out). The project sits adjacent to the Cordage Commerce Center Campus – with restaurants, bars and other activities. The project will part of a larger development focused on revitalizing an underutilized lot – The Cordage Rope Factory. It offers front door access to the Plymouth MBTA Commuter Rail Station.This is an example of housing anchoring a mixed-use project that will have economic impact beyond its boundaries. We expect the successful development of Cordage will trigger significant new investment in the larger North Plymouth Center, with retail, commercial development and more housing. It also is likely to spur more commercial development over the town line in Kingston.
The SSEDC’s Housing Committee supports the 1500 Main Street development in Weymouth (237 homes). The project is across the street from the South Weymouth Commuter Rail station, adjacent to the Union Point development and on an underutilized lot off of the Rt. 18 corridor. The convenience of the commuter rail makes the project particularly attractive to younger professionals who find themselves priced out of the Boston housing market, or who are choosing to live on the South Shore, but want a more urban-feeling environment and easy transit access into Boston. The project is proposed under the new Commercial Corridor Overlay District and is the second project to have been introduced under this new zoning change.
The SSEDC’s Housing Committee supported the Landing 53 development (172 homes) located in Braintree in The Landing. The development is a product of the Braintree Weymouth Landing Village Overlay District. The project’s proximity to the East Braintree/Weymouth Landing Commuter Rail makes the area more attractive to commuters. The building is a mixed-use property introducing new commercial space. Investments have continued to pour into the Landing in the form of smaller multi-family buildings, new restaurants and other commercial properties. For many This is an example how of private investment, local and state leadership and public collaboration can revitalize an area.
The SSEDC’s Housing Committee supported the opening of the Independence Avenue Gate at the Quincy Adams T station. Much of our housing agenda calls for more Transit Oriented Development (TOD)—housing near mass transit. The opening of a pedestrian gate from the Quincy/Adams T. station to Independence Ave. is an ideal example of this strategy and is a critical example of strong local leadership. This long-fought solution creates valuable housing without building a single new home. Hundreds of homes in the Penn’s Hill neighborhood of Quincy and Braintree now have walking access to the Red Line.
Prior to the opening, area residents would have to walk 30-45 minutes or actually drive several miles in commuting traffic to park in a garage that was essentially just a short walk away. Developing this “instant” TOD offers the entire area a much more attractive option for people who want to live on the South Shore but work in Boston and beyond. The gate opening creates a new TOD without building new housing or a new train station.
The SSEDC’s Housing Committee supports the Hampton House Apartments and Townhomes development in Braintree (17 new homes). The project offers housing in an interesting and walkable community with easy access to transit via the Braintree T Station and amenities in Braintree’s town center. This is an example of taking an underutilized lot within a walkable area to help bolster nearby businesses, offer easy access to amenities and public transportation and help increase the number of homes needed to meet the region’s growing needs.
South Shore Chamber Housing Committee
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