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Old 01-17-2007, 07:47 AM
 
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somebody advised me to relocate to Quincy. is it clean and safe? also how long does it take from quincy to downtown boston using the subway...is it far away from downtown? how about average rents there?
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Old 01-17-2007, 10:02 AM
 
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somebody advised me to relocate to Quincy. is it clean and safe? also how long does it take from quincy to downtown boston using the subway...is it far away from downtown? how about average rents there?
clean and safe, depends where in quincy. there are two stops on the red line in quincy (quincy adams and quincy station). Personally I always went to quincy adams for two reasons i felt safer and it was closer for me. The few times I took the T from quincy station i always thought the stairways smelled of pee. The last stop is braintree. It takes approximately 25/30 (if i remember correctly - it's been a few years since i commuted to boston on the red line) to get into downtown boston. can't help you with rent, sorry.
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Old 01-17-2007, 10:20 AM
 
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There are 4 T-stations in Quincy

Quincy Adam Station
Quincy Center Station
Wollaston Station
North Quincy Station.


There are also a number of neighborhood/area

Quincy Point
Squantum/Marina Bay
North Quincy
Peninsula
Quincy Center
South/West Quincy
Wollaston
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Old 01-17-2007, 10:24 AM
 
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Default Quincy Point - some description (borrow from Quincy 2000)

Quincy Point is one of the city’s ”gateways” to the South Shore. Northbound travelers from many South Shore communities must pass through the business area as they travel north on routes 3A and 53.

Since its early days as a small fishing village, Quincy Point developed as a maritime community beginning with fishing and then shipbuilding. Job opportunities created by the shipyard brought many local and immigrant laborers to the neighborhood, resulting in one of the most dense neighborhoods dominated by small single family lots. The shipyard, known as Fore River Ship & Engine Company, then Bethlehem Steel, and eventually General Dynamics, was a world leader in commercial and naval shipbuilding until the 1970’s and the major industry in Quincy.

As shipbuilding faded, the area has undergone significant redevelopment with an emphasis on residential, commercial and industrial development. Its commercial establishments service the strong residential base and industry-related operations, as well as the region. Home to a variety of local shops and restaurants, it also is the place of maritime, fishing and industrial businesses. With one of the largest auto dealerships in Eastern Massachusetts, a Wal-Mart and a regional Asian supermarket, the area also draws significantly from the Greater Boston area.

Adjacent to the former Fore River Shipyard is Harbor Express, which provides commuter boat service to Boston and Logan Airport, transportation to the Boston Harbor Islands National Park system, as well as whale watches and special excursion and charter services. Docked alongside Harbor Express is the USS Salem, a World War II battleship that was built at the Shipyard and is used today as a United States Navy Shipbuilding Museum. )
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Old 01-17-2007, 10:26 AM
 
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Default Squantum/Marina Bay - (from the development site)

With its magnificent shoreline and peninsula location, Squantum has always been a distinctive neighborhood. Once a popular summer resort area and the site of many historical events and developments in the infancy of American aviation, Squantum now is one of the region’s most desirable residential areas.

Recognizing the value of the site of the airfield, developers have built one of the most desired picturesque harborside communities in Massachusetts. Known as Marina Bay this lively urban community is home to handsome high-rise and townhouse residences, professional office space, a 685-slip marina, many restaurants offering casual to upscale dining, and charming boutiques along its Nantucket-style boardwalk.

With breathtaking views of the Boston skyline and readily accessible by car or water, Marina Bay has become both an attractive place to live and Boston’s premier waterfront entertainment destination.
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Old 01-17-2007, 10:28 AM
 
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Default North Quincy

Ideally located just seven miles south of Boston and easily accessible by automobile, water and public transportation, North Quincy is a center of residential, retail, office and industrial development. Spurred by the desirable location, apartment and condominium development has augmented the densely settled neighborhood of single and two family homes in recent years.

Office developments house some of Quincy’s largest employers, including State Street Bank South and Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Quincy 2000 successfully worked with public officials to attract Boston Scientific, a medical device manufacturer, to locate here. Located just over the Neponset Bridge from Boston is the 99 room Best Western Adams Inn.

Along the city’s main thoroughfare, Hancock Street, and in Norfolk Downs, the business district along Billings Road, there are many retail and service establishments providing goods and services for those who live and work in the area. Currently under development is a 74-unit loft style condominium project located in the heart of the North Quincy Business District.

Casual to upscale restaurants, hair salons, local hardware stores, fish markets, florists and real estate firms are just some of the many active businesses here. The influence of the growing Asian population in the northern portion of Quincy can be seen in the increasing number of Asian businesses in the area.
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Old 01-17-2007, 10:30 AM
 
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Default Peninsula

While people in Quincy share a strong association with the City, neighborhoods are sources of community pride and identity. The peninsula business district includes four of these neighborhoods – Merrymount, Adams Shore, Houghs Neck and Germantown.

The initial site of Quincy’s settlement, Merrymount is a highly desirable neighborhood of single-family homes. The hilly terrain provides some of the best views of the bay and marshlands in Quincy.

Once a summer resort area, Adams Shore is a strong year-round residential community attractively located along the shore of Quincy Bay.

One of the earliest residential communities in the city, the peninsula of Germantown has both single-family homes and some of the most affordable housing in Quincy, with 900 units operated by the Quincy Housing Authority.

At the eastern most tip of the City, Houghs Neck developed from a popular spot for fishermen and tourists to a densely populated close-knit neighborhood.

Home to some of the best vistas of the bay and marshlands in Quincy, all four areas are very popular with homebuyers.
The strong residential character of these neighborhoods has given rise to small, but equally strong commercial areas. Home to many convenient restaurants, a regionally-recognized bakery, grocery and convenience stores as well as construction, day care, cleaning, pet grooming, accounting and real estate services, the areas also support marine, fishing and industrial businesses.

The unification of the four areas into one business district partnership gives them an effective voice in the city as well as encourages the exchange of commerce.
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Old 01-17-2007, 10:33 AM
 
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Default Quincy Center

Quincy Center was the original nucleus around which the commercial and administrative heart of Quincy developed. Serviced by the “T” Red Line and the Commuter Rail and the heart of Quincy’s government, education, and many historical attractions, the Center has undergone considerable change in recent years. Similar to many downtowns, the main retail center was impacted by the growth of suburban retail malls, but significant growth in office space and residential development has injected new life into the area.

Quality options for home goods, clothing and food exist in upscale establishments as well as bargain havens. Hip boutiques, quality jewelry stores, and culinary gems alongside hair salons, delis, discount clothing and home goods stores all serve the growing number of workers and residents in downtown Quincy.

Quincy Center’s proximity to public transportation, major highways and water transportation to Boston, as well as a business-friendly city government, create a desirable economic environment. Today, approximately 10,000 people work in the downtown area, emphasizing Quincy Center’s critical role in the local and regional economy. There are many prime examples of private sector investments in Quincy Center, including Munroe Place, a 110 unit luxury apartment building with retail space on the first floor, Residences at Presidents Place, the residential phase of a major multi-use development that will add 200 luxury apartments to 350,000 sf of office space, and Street-Works development Group from White Plains, NY recently purchased the historic Granite Trust Building located at 1400 Hancock Street in Quincy Center.

The downtown historic sites, including the National Register’s United First Parish Church, the Thomas Crane Public Library and the Adams National Historic Park, as well as Quincy’s tourism center, Discover Quincy attract many visitors to the area. Programs offered at the historic Thomas Crane Public Library and the Adams National Historic Park are magnets for both residents and workers.

Demonstrating its strong commitment to expanding and strengthening the commercial vitality of Quincy Center, the City of Quincy is undertaking proactive measures to revitalize Quincy Center as a premier place to live, work, learn and invest. Key components of the plan include a Quincy Center Zoning District that increases height allowances, allows mixed use and multi-family developments and establishes a more predictable permitting process.

Along with the proposed zoning changes, the City created a District Financing Zone (DIF) in Quincy Center. DIF is a financing tool that enables the city to use “new” tax growth generated within the district to fund infrastructure and streetscape improvements, a marketing and tourism plan for the downtown and other general improvements such as a new parking garage and completing the Quincy Center Concourse to link several downtown transportation corridors.

The DIF program also includes the establishment of a Master Tax Increment Financing Program for the downtown district, providing local and state tax breaks to businesses that create jobs by relocating and/or expanding within the downtown area. For more information click here.

By attracting new office, housing and retail businesses, the program will strengthen and expand the current economic base and restore Quincy Center as a vibrant, focal point of the community and region.
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Old 01-17-2007, 10:36 AM
 
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Default South/West Quincy

With its labor intensive quarrying, the granite industry brought many immigrant workers to this area, many of who maintained a permanent presence long after the industry faded. The legacy of many service-related enterprises that catered to the needs of the quarry workers and the industry is still evident throughout the area.

Residential and commercial development has dominated in recent years. The first major office development built at Batterymarch Park features a four building Class A office park that attractively complements the physical aspects of the site and has magnificent views of the Boston skyline. Conveniently located at the intersection of I-95 and I-93, the park allows tenants ready access to the areas highway system and is near major shopping malls, hotels and restaurants.

The opportune location attracted the development of another Class A office building on Willard Street. With a striking glass façade, the five story One Adams Place, houses first- class office space with meeting rooms, outside seating areas and ample parking.

Proximity to the highway and public transportation as well as attractive, available space led to the Crown Colony Development.
A well-planned mixed-use development of 175 acres created in a pleasing park-like atmosphere, this complex features condominiums, two million square feet of office space in more than 13 buildings and the Marriott Hotel.

Through a partnership with the City of Quincy, the Quarry Hills Project used excavated material from Boston’s Big Dig to recently transform three adjoined landfills into a major recreational complex. Consisting of a world-class premier golf course, baseball and soccer fields, the facility serves both the residents of the City and visitors. The City’s largest residential development of condominiums and apartments, High Point, is also nearing completion along Quarry Street.

There are many business opportunities in this area. Local business districts support the growing residential population. Office and light industrial development flourishes. From home improvement to construction, plumbing and heating companies, printers, banks and medical, mortgage and financial services, the area is a strong base for business.
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Old 01-17-2007, 10:38 AM
 
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Default Wollaston

With a convenient “T” Red Line station, extensive coastline, and easy access to Boston, the Wollaston section of Quincy has always been a desirable place to live. The nationally famous Howard Johnson’s was founded in Wollaston.

This densely populated neighborhood sustains a vibrant and popular business district and is home to some industrial development in sections close to the Red Line. Shops are concentrated on Beale Street and along Hancock Street. The proliferation of restaurants, personal and professional service businesses is testimony to the strength of the market they serve.

Eastern Nazarene College,
the city’s only private higher education institution is located here. With over 1200 students and faculty, the college community looks to local businesses for many of its needs.

Wollaston is a focal point of daily shopping for residents, employees and students. Whether it is groceries, banking, lunch or a cup of coffee, it’s all conveniently available in Wollaston. Accounting, travel, catering, cleaning, florist, contracting and lodging services are all there, too.

After an extensive shoreline improvement project, Wollaston Beach has renewed its draw as a regional attraction with its variety of small seafood restaurants and other venues.
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