Quincy redevelopment project drawing attention from afar

quincy redevelopment

By Jack Encarnacao | The Patriot Ledger | March 2, 2013

Demolition of Quincy Center’s timeworn buildings is set to begin next month, the first step in the first piece of the long-awaited $1.6 billion downtown redevelopment project. When it starts, eyes far from Quincy will be watching.

The project, which will see the creation of 3.5 million square feet of business, retail and residential space in Quincy Center during the next seven years, has been picked up on the radar of experts in development and urban planning circles – experts who until recently did not know Quincy from Milwaukee.

In presentations across the country, the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Land Institute is citing the Quincy project as one to watch. Northeastern University is planning a course for the fall semester called “The Quincy Model,” in which the public-private partnership behind the project will be used as a teaching tool. The New York Times and trade journals have published articles about the project.

So far, the project has attracted nearly $200 million in investment from outside Massachusetts, and the venerable Boston firm The Beal Companies has signed on as a venture partner.” Read More

Expert details Lynn’s strengths


By Thor Jourgensen | The Daily Item | October 24, 2012

A consultant who has already worked with local businesses on development ideas told City Councilors the city needs to hire an “omsbudsman” to help attract potential developers.

“You need someone who can work hand-in-glove with firms, who can act as sort of an omsbudsman,” said Barry Bluestone.

Bluestone, director of Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center of Urban and Regional Policy, led a detailed self-assessment discussion with 25 local business representatives in spring 2011 and came back to the city last month to tout the city’s potential at a Lynn Business Partnership forum.

Starting in January, Bluestone will lead a team of six Center experts who will work with city officials and business representatives for a year. Read More

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