Economic Development

For 40 years, Quincy Center was in a state of decline following the exodus of businesses caused brought on by the advent of the shopping mall, specifically the South Shore Plaza.  Mayor Koch took ownership of the downtown’s future immediately upon taking office. The progress to date has been nothing short of extraordinary, as a thriving neighborhood for people to live, work and play has taken shape over the last several years. As a result, the City is undergoing its most sustained period of growth in a generation. 

  • More than $200 million in public infrastructure either completed or planned, and all of it financed by either state and federal grants or through the new tax revenue of the downtown. No residential property taxes are used for downtown redevelopment efforts.  

  • Nearly 500 units of new housing either occupied or under construction – for the 1st time making downtown a real neighborhood with the ability to support local businesses 

  • More than 10 new restaurants opened in just the last few years to support the neighborhood. 

  • New commercial building on Washington Street and major tenants such as Beth-Isreal Deaconess and South Shore Hospital occupying space in a number of existing buildings for the 1st time in many years

  • Major expansion of space and number of employees at Stop and Shop Headquarters 

  • New state-of-the-art parking garage scheduled for opening in fall of this year 

  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital to anchor a 200,000 square medical office facility in the area where the Ross Garage once stood 

  • The Hancock-Adams Common creating a first-of-its kind downtown civic space hosting community events year-round. 

  • Development projects citywide targeting transportation hubs, such as the North Quincy MBTA station, Wollaston Center, Crown Colony Office Park, among others.

  • A master plan for the future of Wollaston Center following the renovation of the MBTA station now underway 

  • Additional housing units support affordability, and do not impact schools or most other City services. 

  • No development allowed in the City’s single-family home neighborhoods 

© 2019 by The Committee to Re-Elect Mayor Tom Koch. 617-773-KOCH (5624)