Ban On Construction Vehicles Eyed For Squantum Streets

By SCOTT JACKSON

Mayor Thomas Koch and Ward 6 Councillor William Harris on Tuesday said they would propose legislation at the City Council next week to ban construction and commercial vehicles on the easternmost end of Dorchester Street and Moon Island Road.

Koch and Harris cited serious public safety concerns for any increased usage on the local roads through the densely populated area of Squantum, and said the move makes sense regardless of Boston’s announced intentions to build a new bridge to Long Island.

“This is a public safety issue, pure and simple,” Koch said. “The neighborhood is not built to absorb any more additional uses in that area – whether it be a bridge or anything else.”

“There can be no question,” Harris said, “about the reality and severity of the adverse impacts this additional traffic of quite literally hundreds of trucks every day through a residential neighborhood will have on Squantum. This is a common-sense approach to protect the neighborhood.”

The road safety measure would exempt vehicles owned by the Boston Fire Department or the Boston Police Department, allowing for continued usage of facilities operated by those agencies on Moon Island, which is owned by Boston but lies within the municipal boundaries of Quincy.  The only access to Long Island is via Moon Island.

The new legislation would also make allowances for delivery trucks and other vehicles that need local-traffic access to the homes and other facilities within the boundaries of the proposed restricted area, including the Nickerson VFW Post.

Under the proposal, the commercial and construction vehicle prohibition would begin at the intersection of Dorchester and Shoreham Road and continue onto Moon Island Road.

Koch and Harris will host a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8, at Squantum Elementary School, to discuss the public safety aspects of the proposed bridge reconstruction.

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Car Crashes Into Quarry Street Home

By SCOTT JACKSON

A Quarry Street home was deemed unsafe and its residents were relocated after a vehicle struck it Sunday afternoon.

Sgt. Karyn Barkas of the Quincy Police Department said a driver headed northbound on Quarry Street suffered a medical episode around 4:30 p.m. Sunday and hit two parked cars before slamming into the house at 391 Quarry St.

“The operator suffered a medical emergency forcing him to lose control; he struck two parked motor vehicles and then the house,” she said.

The driver, a 67-year-old Quincy man, was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Barkas said. Quincy police filed an immediate threat request with the Registry of Motor Vehicles, she said, which could lead the RMV to suspend or revoke the man’s driver’s license.

The crash caused significant damage to the home at 391 Quarry St., and building inspectors deemed the structure unsafe, forcing the relocation of the residents living there.

“It was deemed unsafe so they were relocated,” Barkas said.

 

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Sea Street Detour Starts Monday

Construction begins on replacing the water main on Sea St., Monday, April 16, 2018, which is a holiday.

Traffic will be detoured down Darrow to Manet for a week from 7 am to 4 pm.

To accommodate trash collection on Sea Street, please place your trash curbside for collection by 6 am on Tuesday, April 17

between Rockland St. and Manet Ave.

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FoxRock Eyes Restaurant At Quincy Masonic Temple

By SCOTT JACKSON

A North Quincy company plans to convert the former Masonic Temple on Hancock Street into a restaurant, four-and-a-half years after a four-alarm fire gutted the historic building.

Ward 1 Councillor David McCarthy will host a community meeting on FoxRock Properties’ plan for the building on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Coddington Building at 34 Coddington St.

McCarthy said FoxRock has told him the building would be converted into a restaurant. The plans include a lounge area on the first floor, a dining hall on the second floor and function space on the third floor. A courtyard – with three bocce pits, picnic tables and bar and dining space – would be located in the rear of the property.

The building’s limestone façade on Hancock Street, which features four Ionic columns, would be preserved as part of the proposal.

“They’re going to try to keep that historic character that’s there right now in the front of the building,” McCarthy said.

The councillor said he has notified residents throughout the abutting neighborhood about the plan but had yet to receive any feedback. McCarthy said he wants to see if residents raise any concerns about the proposal during Wednesday’s meeting, but said he is in support of the proposal because it would provide a new restaurant rather than a hotel or residential units.

“I thought it was a little different, a little unique,” McCarthy said.

The Masonic Temple, located at 1170 Hancock St., was built in 1926 and added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1989. A four-alarm fire gutted the building in September 2013, and it has remained vacant since.

FoxRock’s proposal to convert the building into a restaurant would require approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Board of License Commissioners.

The North Quincy-based company, owned by Granite Telecommunications CEO Rob Hale, is no stranger to Quincy Center. The company also owns the former Quincy Medical Center on Whitwell Street and has been designated the developer for the area of the former Ross Parking Garage.

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Flags On Veterans Island Saturday

Flags for Veterans Island Quincy Sun File Photo/Robert Bosworth

Flags for Veterans Island
Quincy Sun File Photo/Robert Bosworth

The Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 294, Morrisette Legion Post, will place American Flags on Flags for Veterans Island, Fort Square, Quincy, this Saturday, April 14th, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Initial plans were to decorate the island on Monday, April 16 but Squadron officials changed to date to Saturday due to a forecast of rain on Marathon Monday.

Flags for Veterans Island is located at Pleasant and School Streets in Quincy.

Volunteers are welcome to help the effort.

 
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