114 Whitwell Street

Vision

In conjunction with its announced development of a modern medical facility in Quincy Center and after two years of planning, FoxRock is pleased to present a proposal for a first-class modern residential campus. This community will offer a uniquely suburban experience adjacent to Quincy’s urban core with unprecedented access to major transportation hubs. The plan includes residences surrounding the historic Quincy Medical Center Administration building and improvements to Glendale Park.

FoxRock has held 20+ meetings with the Hospital Hill community to share initial ideas for the site and to solicit feedback and better understand the desires of the neighborhood.

The project will:

  • Provide much needed housing options for Quincy residents, and encourage long-term tenancy;
  • Foster a sense of community and engagement for the entire neighborhood through programming and architectural design; and
  • Create amenities that appeal to the urban active lifestyle, and provide a gathering place for the entire neighborhood.

Since the initial Planning Board meeting in October 2018, we have been revising our redevelopment proposal based on what we heard in meetings.

A Brief History

After acquiring the former Quincy Medical Center site in 2016 from Steward Health Care, FoxRock launched a process to explore a new medical use on the site, engaging with medical providers, architects, and engineers.

It was quickly determined that an adaptive re-use of the site was not possible due to the condition of the buildings. New construction for both a hospital as well as quasi-medical uses were considered. For a host of reasons, the various medical uses came with great impacts on the neighborhood.

For example, the new Medical Building that FoxRock is developing for Brigham & Women’s Hospital and South Shore Health in Quincy Center would require at least 1,200 parking spaces if developed at 114 Whitwell Street. The traffic in and out of the site would be reminiscent of the trip data when Quincy Medical Center was fully operational. The current proposal has 605 parking spaces.

Since the initial Planning Board meeting on October 2018  we have been revising our development proposal based on what we heard in our community meetings, as outlined in the chart below: 

  Concern: Resolution:
Height 6 stories as allowed by right in the PUD may not be appropriate in all locations on the site.

Lowered the height of buildings at the perimeter of the site closest to the existing homes to 3-5 stories and taking advantage of existing grade.

 

Units There are too many units. This proposal reduces the initial unit count by over 15% from the original proposal. 
Density The project is too dense.

The underlying PUD allows for a Floor to Area Ratio of 2.5. This proposal further reduces the FAR to 0.80.

 

Building Setbacks The buildings are too close to the existing houses – 25 ft. from property lines The project will include greater setbacks than the original proposal (as much as 210ft) from the neighboring homes with sensitivity to the different conditions at the perimeter of the site. No building is closer than 80 feet from the existing homes. 
Design The design of the buildings does not reflect the character of the neighborhood. Hired renowned local architect CBT. Incorporated the concerns of the neighborhood and continuing to advance the design with CBT.
Glendale Park We would like it retained and maintained FoxRock has proposed several improvements to Glendale Park, such as landscaping improvements, installing and maintaining a playground and other features.
Site access Cars headlights entering and exiting the site will shine in neighbors’ windows Relocated the entry drives to align with Farrell Street and Nilsen Avenue. Interior site traffic mitigated. 
Stormwater Concerns Concerned about the existing stormwater runoff issues Committed to improving the stormwater issue through reducing impervious surface, slowing surface runoff, and infiltrating stormwater onsite through below-grade recharge chambers.
More people/traffic The HHNA presented a case that the previous plan would result in 2,020 people and over 800 cars.

FoxRock commissioned a report of residents per multifamily unit and there is over a 50% reduction in the number of residents in the new project.  The community will have less than 605 parking spaces (100 for the 55+ residents)

 

Impact on schools 

Concerned new families will be adversely impacting Quincy schools Less than 12 school age children (across all grade levels) will live in the new development based on a comprehensive survey of all multifamily buildings in Quincy and consultation with the Superintendent of Schools

Highlights & Public Benefits

  • Maintain existing open space and Glendale Park for the public and neighbors.

  • Replace 4+ acres of asphalt with new programmed open space onsite that will be accessible to the surrounding Hospital Hill neighborhood.

  • The new residential community will include a variety of housing options to accommodate various Quincy residents, including a 55+ building.

  • Maintaining the beauty and history of the Administration Building as part of the project. Quincy has a unique historical context that we want to highlight with the help of residents.

  • Help meet the housing needs of Quincy and the South Shore, with Transit Oriented Development in one of Quincy’s great neighborhoods, as well as increase the City’s real estate tax base.

  • Transit Oriented Development – Less than 1/2 a mile from the Red Line and Commuter Rail at Quincy Center Station, and directly on the 245 MBTA Bus Route.

  • Create hundreds of construction jobs for the duration of the development.

  • Remove roughly 345,000 sf of vacant, blighted, and functionally obsolete buildings.

We are long-term owners and deeply invested in Quincy. Our team plans to continue regular outreach with our neighbors and the local community to secure your input.

We welcome your feedback at our upcoming coffee hours at 1200 Hancock Street, Quincy:

July 9th @ 5pm
July 12th @ 9am

Neighbors!

We want your feedback.

What are some things you would like to see as part of this project?

Would you like to see small-scale community retail as part of the project?

Are you in favor of a new playground at Glendale park?

Would you like a walking path that connects Glendale Park to the 114 Whitwell site?