The SSEDC’s Housing Committee supports the Town of Weymouth’s Commercial Overlay District Zoning change. The overlay district identifies 4 key commercial corridors in need of revitalization and allow for mixed-use, combining of lots to make larger, more dense developments more feasible. It allows greater investment into the town through a special permit process. These zoning changes will help Weymouth achieve its goals of creating compact, walkable, mixed-use, and transit-friendly development within appropriate areas of Weymouth.
Chamber & Housing Committee Support: Mayor Hedlund and Planning Department provided platforms to address SSCC business leaders; SSCC spoke up publicly in support of these zoning changes
More details are available here: Commercial Corridor Overlay District Full Article.
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 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