By SCOTT JACKSON
The new owners of the former Beachcomber on Wollaston Beach plan to tear down the shuttered bar and replace it with a new building featuring a restaurant, retail space and residences.
Ward 5 Councillor Kirsten Hughes will host a community meeting on the plan will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Beechwood Knoll School, 225 Fenno St.
Edward Fleming, the attorney for the owners of the property, 797 Quincy Shore Dr. LLC, on Wednesday said his clients hope to go before the Board of License Commissioners in November for a transfer of the liquor license held by the former owner of the Beachcomber. Plans will be filed with the Planning Board around that same time.
The owners of the new property acquired the site for $1.45 million in May. The new owners of the property are Jacky An Xie of Saugus, Lin Y. Xu of Amesbury and Zhong Wen Huang of West Squantum St., according to certificate of organization filed with the state in March.
In a letter to Hughes, Fleming said the property owners have determined the present building on site will not serve their needs.
“Since acquiring the site, my clients have conducted a thorough examination of the property and existing building and have determined that the existing structure is in need of substantial renovation and will not properly serve their needs for the new restaurant,” Fleming said.
“As a result, my client intends to remove the existing Beachcomber building and construct a new building in the middle of the site with a newly designed parking area and substantial drainage control measures.”
Plans call for a three-story building constructed in a traditional beach style. The first level would include the main restaurant’s main entrance – including a reception area and small sushi bar – and two 1,800 square foot retail areas. The second floor would include the main restaurant space, function room and kitchen. Six residential units – Fleming said Wednesday it has not been determined if they would be apartments or condos – would be located on the third floor.
The parking lot, accessible only from Quincy Shore Drive, would have spaces for 88 vehicles.
The Beachcomber opened its doors in 1959. The once-booming nightclub closed for good in 2015.