North Quincy is not the only T stop to experience surrounding construction. JFK/UMass and Quincy Adams also have construction rising around them, starting a small, but growing, trend of constructing mixed-use spaces around transit stations.
The board that oversees the transit authority approved the project. However, still facing a separate set of approvals in Quincy, the mixed-use development is but a proposal. The lot where the mixed-use space would go is owned by the MBTA. If the project is approved, it would bring with it a 99-year lease and $230 million in revenue for the MBTA.
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The project was designed by Boston-based HDR Inc. and was built by Barletta Cos. of Canton and will feature a glass and steel entrance as well as new lobbies and elevators to the Green and Blue Lines. New station lighting and an expanded fare collection area to refill your Charlie Card are also expected to be part of the new station.
This could just be the beginning for Government Center. Developers are looking at City Hall Plaza near Government Center station T stop as an ideal location for a Boston recreation and cultural destination. According to The Boston Globe, “The owners of TD Garden have won a bid to remake Boston’s City Hall Plaza, proposing to transform the little-loved, windswept brick expanse at the heart of the city into a bustling year-round hub of arts, food, and leisure.”
New York-based design company, Delaware North Cos., came up with several concepts for the outdoor space abutting Government Center T station. Concepts included several iconic structures including a “#Boston” sign and a 200-foot tall ferris wheel. Art installations similar to those that appeared at Lawn on D were also discussed, including an interactive series inspired by the glow-in-the-dark, music-playing “Impulse” seesaws in Montreal. Not only that City Hall Plaza could be home to concerts not just during Boston Calling but all throughout the year.
Plans for City Hall Plaza are still only in the concept phase as more ideas emerge, but on March 21st one thing is for certain, residents will have easy access to this bustling city center with the newly renovated Government Center T station.