Wollaston Could Get Taproom, 75 Residential Units

By SCOTT JACKSON

A developer is proposing a mixed-use project on Beale Street in Wollaston Center featuring 75 residential units and four storefronts, including one that could house a brewery, taproom and restaurant.

Ward 5 Councillor Kirsten Hughes will host a public meeting on the plan at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, inside the auditorium at Quincy High School, 100 Coddington St.

The developer, Eric Zhang of Bayfort Holdings LLC, owns the properties at 21-29 Beale St., 51-55 Cushing St. and 65-67 Chapman St. The properties contain about 28,000 square feet of space and are located within a business C zoning district, according to Zhang’s attorney, Edward Fleming. The existing retail building on Beale Street would be razed, along with the four-family houses at 55 Cushing St. and 65 Chapman St.

The new building would include four storefronts along Beale Street, a two-story story parking garage in the rear of the site, and 75 residential units on the upper floors. The retails spaces would range in size from 963 square feet to 6,125 square feet, Fleming said. That would include a two-story retail unit, with a full basement, on the corner of Beale and Chapman Streets that could house a potential brewery, taproom and restaurant.

The building would range in height from four stories in the rear to seven stories along Beale Street, Fleming said. It would include an exterior courtyard, a fitness facility that would offer memberships to the community and a meeting room. The proposal also includes widened sidewalks along Beale Street.

The project would require approval from the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals.

Zhang’s proposal is the second for Wollaston Center unveiled in recent weeks. Miao Kun “Michael” Fang in April released plans to build a six-story, 63-unit residential building at 10 Beale St., which was formerly home to the Wollaston Theater.

Fang’s proposal was panned by residents at a community meeting April 25. Residents at that meeting said the plan should include a retail component given the building’s location in a business district.

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