Quincy Baby’s Death Being Investigated

By SCOTT JACKSON

State Police and the Quincy Police Department are investigating the death of an 11-month-old girl who died in a Boston hospital Saturday after being taken there from her Wollaston home two days prior.

First responders were called to the Wollaston home for medical assistance Feb. 15, and the child was taken to a Boston hospital and remained there until her death Saturday, said David Traub, spokesman for the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of the child’s death, Traub said.

No further information was available Monday morning.

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Board Members Briefed On Wollaston 40B Project

By SCOTT JACKSON

A city attorney met behind closed doors with members of the Quincy’s Zoning Board of Appeals Tuesday night to discuss an affordable housing project in Wollaston the board had previously rejected.

Janet Petkun, an assistant city solicitor, addressed members of the ZBA during an executive session the board held at the end of its meeting Tuesday. The executive session was held in regards to Warren Place, a proposed 40-unit development at the corner of Old Colony Avenue and Warren Avenue in Wollaston.

The ZBA rejected the project in June 2017, in part because of concerns over the density of the proposal. The Boncaldo family, the developers behind the project, have since appealed that decision to the state’s Housing Appeals Committee.

Petkun declined to comment on her closed-door meeting with the zoning board, citing the ongoing litigation. Martin Aikens, the board’s chairman, likewise declined comment following the meeting.

A public hearing on the Warren Place proposal has been scheduled for the board’s next meeting on Feb. 27 at 7:15 p.m. Petkun said it is uncertain if that hearing will go forward as scheduled.

“It all depends on how this proceeds,” she said.

The Boncaldos had sought a comprehensive permit for the project under the Chapter 40B of Massachusetts state law. Chapter 40B exempts affordable-housing projects from certain local zoning requirements in communities with fewer affordable-housing units than required under state law.

The Planning Board had approved a market-rate project for the same site – 118 Old Colony Ave. and 54 and 60 Warren St. – in August 2015. The Boncaldos, however, withdrew the proposal after neighbors filed suit to block the project, and then resubmitted it last spring as an affordable housing project.

In other business Tuesday, the Zoning Board of Appeals approved Michael Grehan’s proposal to tear down the single-family home at 713 Sea St. and construct three townhouse units on site.

Thomas Cavanagh, the attorney representing Grehan, said two of the units will include two bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms, while the middle unit will have three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. Each condominium will have a two-car garage, and three guest spaces will be located outside the building.

Ward 1 Councillor David McCarthy spoke in support of the project during the zoning board’s meeting. He said the developer had met with abutters to allay their concerns about the project.

“I think it’s a nice addition that they’re putting in. It’s not too large,” McCarthy said. “I think it’s good for Sea Street and a good project.”

Aikens, the board’s chairman, agreed with McCarthy that it would be a good project.

“It is a nice project,” he said.

The board also:

Continued until April 10 a hearing on request from Robert Galligan, owner of Louis at 1269 Sea St. to amend a ZBA decision from the 1990s requiring the restaurant and the parking lot across the street both be owned by the same individual. The city has proposed purchasing that parking lot as part of its plan to renovate the nearby Houghs Neck Maritime Center.

Continued until March 13 a hearing on the request from Allison MacLellan to rebuild the non-conforming structure at 149 Rockland St.

Granted permission to Joseph Bondi to renovate the attic and add two dormers with decks to the home at 10 Wedgewood St.

Granted permission to Jesse Snell to reconfigure the paving at 201 Billings St. by adding a new driveway with permeable pavers and eliminating the off-street parking in front of the house.

Continued until March 13 a request from Simon Lam for a variance to convert the two-family home at 172 Vassall St. to a three-family home. Lam said the new owner who purchased the property two years ago discovered the house had been illegally converted by a previous owner into a three-family home and sold as such.

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Quincy Awarded $1M Grant For New Maritime Center

By SCOTT JACKSON

The Massachusetts Seaport Economic Council on Tuesday awarded a $1 million grant to the city of Quincy for the new Houghs Neck Maritime Center.

The Seaport Economic Council met Tuesday at Kennedy Center in North Quincy and awarded a $4.15 million in grant money to projects around the state, including the new maritime center in Houghs Neck.

The grant awarded to Quincy Tuesday will go towards the final design, bidding, and construction of the facility. The future facility will provide for safe, public, municipal, and emergency access to the water of Houghs Neck, improve the climate change resiliency of the site, provide improved stormwater treatment, improve public safety support infrastructure, and enhance the safety and accessibility of the site, state officials said. The project will also address ADA compliance and accessibility.

“The Seaport Economic Council is an invaluable resource for coastal communities throughout the Commonwealth, and its work in Quincy is showing real results every day,” Mayor Thomas Koch said in a statement. “I’m grateful for the commitment of the Baker-Polito Administration and look forward to welcoming the full council to our great city.”

“We’re thankful to the Seaport Economic Council for this important grant, which will greatly improve access for South Shore residents to Boston Harbor and help improve the resiliency of the neighborhood to the effects of climate change,” Rep. Tackey Chan added. “I look forward to seeing what the next phase of this project brings and am grateful for the continued partnership with the council.”

City officials have said the current Houghs Neck Maritime Center, located at 137 Bay View Ave., is outdated and dilapidated. The Seaport Economic Council in 2016 awarded Quincy a $225,000 grant to pay for preliminary design and engineering of a replacement facility.

Preliminary plans for the new building unveiled last year include new community space, public bathrooms, offices for the Quincy Police Department’s Marine Unit, roof decks and an observation deck. Some of the community space inside the new building would be used as the new home of the Houghs Neck Community Center, which currently shares space at 1193 Sea St. with Manet Community Health Center.

The City Council in December approved a resolution introduced by then Ward 1 Councillor Margaret Laforest asking the state to name the new Houghs Neck Maritime Center in honor of Francis X. McCauley, a former mayor, city councillor and school board member. That resolution also had the support of Koch.

 

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