16-Story Building Proposed For North Quincy

RENDERING showing a proposed 16-story building that would be located on the corner of Hancock and Newbury streets in North Quincy. The project has been approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals and is awaiting review from the Planning Board. Rendering courtesy CUBE 3 architects.

By SCOTT JACKSON

The Zoning Board of Appeals has given its approval to a developer’s plan to construct a 16-story building with 240 residential units on Hancock Street in North Quincy – a proposal the applicant said would rehabilitate a gateway to the city.

The plan still requires approval from the Planning Board before the project can commence.

The developer, Tremont Quincy 1 LLC, is seeking to construct the new building at 71 and 61-69 Hancock St. The two parcels contain 0.82 acres of land, according to the city’s online property records, and are currently home to Bert’s Electric Supply, Domino’s Pizza and a single-family home.

The applicant went before the Zoning Board of Appeals on May 11 and received the go-ahead from the board for the project that evening.

Sam Slater, the principal of the company seeking to construct the new building, told the board the proposal would greatly improve the surrounding area.

“I just wanted to say how committed we are to the city of Quincy and how confident we are that this is a project that brings tremendous value to the community,” Slater said, adding the project would be a “huge improvement to the community and to the neighborhood.”

During their presentation, the applicant’s team said the new building would enhance a gateway to Quincy.

“We are really excited about the building,” said Brian O’Connor, an architect with the firm CUBE 3. “The idea here is really to treat this as a gateway into the city and think about how we can start to combine some very traditional Quincy materials, the red brick and the masonry, on the front edge of the building with some really more modern materials towards the back.

“We really want this building to not only reflect and bring forward some of the language of downtown Quincy, but also to be a very overtly modern building that really welcomes sort of where the city is going.”

The first four floors of the building would serve as parking garage, with 204 total spaces available. Vehicles would enter and exit the garage on Newbury Street. The remaining 12 floors would house 240 residential units – a mix of studios, and one-, two- and three-bedroom units.

The top 12 floors would be constructed in an L-shape, leaving room for a 6,800-square-foot elevated courtyard on the fifth floor on the side of the building opposite Hancock Street. Other amenities would include a dog park for residents at the ground level and a sky lounge on the 16th floor of the building with views of Boston and Boston Harbor.

O’Connor noted there are other high-rise buildings in the area, including the 12-story Neponset Landing building and a 10-story building at 100 Hancock St.

“There are some larger buildings in the area and all three buildings that we are taking down are low-rise,” he said. “We think putting something a little bit more substantial here has an opportunity to really anchor the northern edge of the city.”

David Mahoney, the attorney representing the developer, noted the city currently collects $37,000 annually in property taxes from the two parcels. Once the new building is complete, the city could collect up to $800,000 annually in property taxes.

Shaun Kelly, the applicant’s traffic engineer, said 16,000 vehicles travel each day along the elevated section of Quincy Shore Drive near the project site, and the peak hourly traffic is about 1,400 vehicles. Some 3,000 vehicles traverse the section of Hancock Street adjacent to the project site on a daily basis, Kelly said, with up to 180 cars an hour during peak periods.

The new building would generate 60 to 70 vehicle trips during the busiest hour each morning and evening, he said.

“In terms of an increase, it is about a trip per minute coming and going from the site,” Kelly stated. “This project, in the immediate vicinity of the site where the impacts are most focused, it’s about a 5 percent increase in traffic – and I would point out that is assuming there was no traffic activity at the site today.”

Mahoney said there would likely be a shuttle bus to bring residents of the building to and from the North Quincy MBTA station.

Two residents spoke against the project during the May 11 ZBA meeting, both citing concerns about traffic and the size of the building.

“I’m very concerned about this 16-story building…the impact of the traffic flow,” said Pat Lescinskas, a Hancock Street resident. “I can’t see why they can’t do the building either eight or ten stories high. It shouldn’t be higher than that.”

Board members voted unanimously in favor of the project.

“I think it is a beautiful building,” said Martin Aikens, the board’s chairman.

“I would love to see people come into Quincy and see that baby right there telling them that is what we’re about and that is what this city is about – having something really nice when you come into the city. I want to thank the applicants for taking the time to go through the whole thing and really build something really nice.”

Board member John Himmel said he was concerned about vehicles using the intersection of Hancock Street and Newbury Street to access the site, but said that could be reviewed as part of the Planning Board’s process.

North Quincy Electric Project Begins This Month

National Grid on Thursday announced plans for an expedited construction schedule for a portion of its North Quincy Cable Replacement Project, a $92 million investment to modernize and strengthen its electric transmission network in Quincy.

Over the past year, National Grid has worked closely with and received extensive input from municipal officials and other local stakeholders. The project will help improve safety and reliability and provide the area’s transmission grid with greater operational flexibility, the company said in a statement. It will also improve the system’s ability to support new customers, large and small, allowing National Grid to provide continued service for residents and businesses in the region.

The North Quincy Cable Project will replace the 115kV underground electric transmission cables located between National Grid’s North Quincy Substation and National Grid’s Field Street Substation. The existing cables are nearly 50 years old, and in recent years National Grid has made numerous repairs to ensure continued reliable delivery of electricity to customers. The old cables will be replaced with new modern cables installed within a concrete duct bank and manhole system.

National Grid will begin construction activities during the week of May 17, with work taking place on Newport Avenue around Stratton Way, West Squantum Street, and a privately-owned parking lot on Newport Avenue Extension. Work was initially slated to begin in 2022, but National Grid sought a 2021 start while traffic levels are reduced because of COVID-19. The company will utilize a horizontal directional drilling construction method to install a conduit of about 1,800 feet in length between these two work sites, which will reduce traffic impacts to the greatest extent feasible.

This phase of construction is expected to be complete by the end of July 2021. All other construction will begin in 2022, with the full project completion expected by the end of 2023.

“The North Quincy Cable Project will improve our ability to serve our customers and allow us to support continued economic growth in Quincy and surrounding communities,” said Tim Moore, vice president of electric project management and construction, National Grid New England. “We’re proud to be investing in improving and strengthening our existing systems which will allow us to continue to provide the electricity our customers depend on well into the future.”

Project benefits include: a safer, more reliable and resilient electric transmission system to support our customers in Quincy and surrounding communities; enhanced ability to meet growing electric energy needs; modern cables protected by concrete duct bank; more efficient means of maintenance and repair; and increased property tax revenues for Quincy.

National Grid has hosted two online open house events and is conducting a comprehensive community outreach and communications program to ensure neighbors in Quincy can participate, obtain answers and plan around construction impacts. Company representatives will regularly communicate with stakeholders.

Interested parties can learn more by visiting northquincycableproject.com, calling 1-800-358-3879 and emailing info@northquincycableproject.com. In-person community outreach began in March and will continue through all phases of construction to share the latest project information.

Richard Marnell, 80

Richard “Dick” Marnell, 80, a resident of Quincy for forty-eight years, passed away peacefully on May 10 due to complications he sustained from a fall. He was surrounded by his loving family.

Richard Marnell

Dick was born in Dorchester. Beloved son of the late Richard and Madeline (Quinn) Marnell. He was devoted family member. The holidays brought him, his siblings and their families all together; he never missed a family event. He was extremely proud of his three children and four grandchildren. Dick was always present, quick to show up and join in the excitement of their accomplishments. He could often be heard telling stories and bragging about each one of them. He truly treasured the title of Dad and Gampa.

He was able to provide a beautiful life for his family, working for over 36 years for the New England Telephone Company. He was a Coast Guard veteran, an active member of the Quincy Elks, the Cottage Club and a member of the Common Market family. He enjoyed years on Old Silver Beach in Falmouth and loved following the Patriots and Red Sox.

There was nothing he cherished more than being with his wife and best friend for 56 years. He and Janet grew up in Dorchester together and lived a lifetime of laughing and traveling together. There was no Dick without Janet. They were an excellent example of true love, dedication and devotion.

He is survived by his wife Janet (Rae) Marnell, his three children and their spouses.  Richard and Lisa Marnell of West Lake Village, CA, Karen and James McPartlin of Braintree, Denise and Christopher Gurshin of Exeter, NH.  Adored Gampa of Evan and Elise Marnell, Jack McPartlin and Alexia Gurshin.

He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Madelyn and Giro DeRosa of Marshfield, brother James Marnell and Gail Kenney of Falmouth and brother-in-law Paul McEachern and his late sister Elaine of Bedford and his late sister Janice Marnell of Weymouth.

A loving brother-in-law to members of the Rae family and Uncle to many nieces and nephews.

A very special thank you to the compassionate staff at Beth Israel Trauma ICU and Seasons Hospice of Milton.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited greet the family during the visiting hours on Sunday 2-6 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9 AM on Monday prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Agatha’s Church, Milton at 10:15 AM. Burial in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Dick’s honor to a charity of your choice.

See keohane.com for directions and online condolences.

Richard F. Sullivan, 76

Richard F. Sullivan, age 76, a longtime resident of Quincy, died peacefully, Monday, May 10, 2021 at CareOne at Weymouth, surrounded by his loving family.

Richard F. Sullivan

Born in South Boston, to the late Francis T. and Eleanor T. (Yenulevich) Sullivan, he was raised and educated there. Richard was a graduate of South Boston High School, Class of 1962, and later attended Bentley College. He had lived in Quincy for over fifty years.

Richard worked in research and development for the Gillette Company for forty-three years.

He enjoyed reading and traveling. Richard was dedicated to his family.

Beloved husband for fifty-two years of Edna A. (Castaldini) Sullivan. Devoted father of Michael G. Sullivan of Quincy. Loving brother of Dennis M. Sullivan and his wife Clair of Mashpee, Ronald G. Sullivan and his wife Donna of Pembroke, Maureen R. Hoey of Mashpee and her late husband Bob, Marilyn Valencius and her husband Paul of Braintree, and Christine F. Starkey and her companion Dennis Murphy of Ogunquit, Maine. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Sunday, May 16, from 2 – 4 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Monday, May 17, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Richard’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

The family would like to acknowledge the staff of CareOne at Weymouth, especially Ryan Coleman, Director of Nursing, for the compassionate care provided to Richard.

You are invited to visit thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.

Coronavirus Vaccinations For Adolescents Could Begin Thursday

By SCOTT JACKSON

Children as young as 12 in Massachusetts will able to get vaccinated against the coronavirus starting Thursday, pending federal authorization, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday.

The FDA on Monday authorized the Pfizer vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds. A CDC advisory panel is scheduled to meet Wednesday to review the use of the vaccine for that age group.

Baker on Wednesday morning said the 400,000 children in that age group in Massachusetts would be able to get Pfizer shots as soon as Thursday assuming the CDC green lights the vaccine.

“We are working with our providers and mass vaccination sites and others to put plans in place to vaccinate this group once we receive word of a final approval. The Department of Public Health has already reached out to the primary care community and to the pediatric provider community in order to discuss with them a process for ensuring they are part of administering the Pfizer vaccine throughout their practices,” Baker said.

“Pending the CDC’s approval for this group, people age 12 to 15 will be able to book appointments or access a walk-up appointment beginning on Thursday, May 13.”

Baker spoke to reporters after touring the Norwood facility where a second company, Moderna, manufacturers its COVID-19 vaccine.

“Now, more than ever, we are enormously proud to be able to call Moderna a Massachusetts-based company,” the governor said.

“It goes without saying we are all so grateful for the innovation that happens here at Moderna and the fact that on a very complicated and difficult task, with very short time frames, this company delivered – not just for the people of the commonwealth, but for people all over the world.”

Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said the federal government could clear his company’s vaccine for use in 12- to 17-year-olds in the coming weeks.

“We are not talking months – we are talking weeks away,” he said. “Safety is priority number one, and when the FDA will feel comfortable, we will get the vaccine authorized.”

Moderna and Pfizer are both studying their vaccines in children under the age of 12 as well.

It is important for children to be vaccinated against the coronavirus to help stop its spread, Bancel said.

“If you think about herd immunity…we think it is important as we know children, because of a strong immune system, a lot of time don’t get disease but can transmit the virus,” he said.

“With the spread of variants of concern, I think it is important to vaccinate as many people as we can, but I leave it to state officials to dictate the right policy for the state.”

Moderna is also working on plans to provide booster shots as soon as the fall using one of three approaches, Bancel said. One is a shot of the original vaccine, the second is a vaccine tailored to the South African variant of the coronavirus, and the third is a 50-50 mix of the two. The company will choose one of those candidates based on clinic data and then conduct an additional study over the coming months.

“We are hoping that toward the end of the summer or early fall we should be able, if the data is good, to have an authorization for a booster to be used in the fall to protect all of us so we can have a good fall and a then next a good winter,” Bancel said.

Moderna hopes to test “mixing of vaccines, meaning regardless of what vaccine you got initially in early 2021, when it is time to get a booster, you can mix the products,” he stated.

Mary Greene

Mary (Gorham) Greene of Quincy, originally Carna, Co. Galway, Ireland, passed away May 9, 2021.

Mary was born Aug. 3, 1934 and raised in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. She left Ireland at age sixteen and arrived in America. She was embraced by her aunts and relatives as she established her own foothold and family here, extending the kindness she received to others.

It was no coincidence that Mary left us on Mother’s Day, because she will always be remembered by her motherly ways. She carefully guided her children and grandchildren to persevere and better themselves, providing her own life as a model of integrity and decency.

Mary was known to her family, relatives and neighbors as an excellent cook. Friends and family alike looked forward to the cakes and baked goods she made for holidays, birthdays, cookouts, and many other occasions. Meals would not be complete without her artistic and accomplished table settings and lovely flower arrangements, when her garden was in season. No one left Mary’s house without a full stomach and a piece of her Irish wit.

She was also an avid reader with a refined aesthetic for fashion, and presentation of all things that mattered around her. Mary will be greatly missed by all who knew her and most of all by her family.

Beloved wife of the late Michael J. Greene. Loving mother of Patrick Greene of the South End, Eileen Tishler and her husband Marc of Walpole, Anna Dickinson and her husband Joseph of Holyoke, Lisa Parker of Sammamish, WA, and John Gorham Greene of Quincy. Cherished sister of Bridget Gorham of Dublin, Ireland. Devoted “Mamo” of Colman, Claudia, Oonagh, Brendan and Seamus.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to greet the family during the visiting hours on Thursday 4-8 PM in the Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St., QUINCY. Funeral Mass will be Friday in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy at 10 AM.

A private burial will follow at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Anthony Shrine, 101 Arch Street, Boston, MA 02110 or online at stanthonyshrine.org/giving.

Virtual Building With Humanity May 20

The public is invited to attend Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston’s virtual event, Building With Humanity, on Thursday, May 20 from 4:30-5 p.m.
The 30-minute program will feature special guest speakers such as Habitat families, elected officials, and Habitat Greater Boston leadership. The group will be discussing how they build safe and sustainable housing for hardworking Boston families with dreams of one day owning their own home.
Admission is free. Please feel free to extend this invite to family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors who would like to learn about Habitat Greater Boston.
To learn more about our event and to register, visit https://buildingwithhumanity.habitatboston.org/2021/1088283.

Margaret H. Gambino, 84

Margaret H. “Peg” (Wilson) Gambino, age 84, a longtime resident of Braintree, died peacefully, Sunday, May 9, 2021, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving daughters.

Margaret was born in Bellows Falls, Vt., to the late William G. and Mary A. (Maguire) Wilson. She was raised and educated in Quincy. She had lived in Braintree for the past fifty-five years.

Peg was a homemaker who was devoted to her family, especially her children and grandchildren.

Beloved wife for fifty-four years of the late Joseph J. Gambino. Devoted mother of Patricia E. Flaherty of Weymouth and her former husband Kevin, Julie A. Gambino of Braintree, and the late Joseph M. Gambino and his late wife Jean.

Loving grandmother of Craig J. Gambino, Dennis M. Gambino, Kevin T. Gambino, Kerri A. Flaherty, Michael K. Flaherty, and Graham T. Flaherty, Needham Fire Dept.

The last of four siblings, she was predeceased by Arlene V. Adams, Joan Hurley, and Robert G. Wilson, Q.P.D., Ret.

Peg is survived by her special niece, Sheila Yowell Nelson, as well as many loving nieces and nephews, and her dear friend, Lois Gilboy. She is also survived by her loyal dog, Wilson.

At the request of the family, funeral services were private.

For those who wish, donations in Margaret’s memory may be made to VNA Hospice and Palliative Care, 100 Trade Center Drive, Suite G-500, Woburn, MA 01801.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy. You are invited to visit thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.

Stephen R. Fantasia, 65

Stephen R. Fantasia, age 65, of Abington, formerly of Quincy, died peacefully, Friday, May 7, 2021, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in the comfort of his loving family.

Stephen R. Fantasia

Stephen was born and raised in Quincy. He was a graduate of Thayer Academy in Braintree and Bentley College. He had lived in Abington for thirty-one years, previously in Quincy. He also summered in Dennisport his whole life.

He was employed in bank technology his entire career. Stephen began working with the American Express Company and retired as vice president of technology for JPMorgan Chase after over thirty years of service. He later worked as an operations analyst for Citizens Bank.

Stephen was blessed with a full and active life. He was a longtime Corvette enthusiast and owner, and loved his newest 2019 Corvette Sting Ray. He showed his Chow Chow dogs and was proud of his companion Chow Chow, Gianni Versace.

He enjoyed travelling, especially trips to Las Vegas where he loved the casinos, playing Blackjack and Texas hold ‘em. Stephen was delighted after winning a poker tournament at Foxwoods. He also appeared on the Judge Judy show and was satisfied to win his case, the “Grooming Gone Bad” episode.

Together for forty years, he was the beloved husband for thirty-five years of Emilie V. (DiTullio) Fantasia. Loving step-father of Jason A. Gross, Sergeant, Salem, Mass. Police Dept. and his wife Christine of Danvers. Cherished Papa of Gavin and Reagan.

Devoted son of the late Ralph E. and Gloria J. (Buccini) Fantasia. Brother of Jeffrey P. Fantasia of Quincy and Uncle and Godfather of Felicia Fantasia of Quincy. Dear cousin of Peter D’Olimpio of Leominster and Michael Fantasia of Weymouth.

Stephen is survived by his aunt, Gail Buccini of Maine, and all the Buccini and Fantasia cousins. He is also survived by his best friends, Edward Tonello of Cumberland, R.I., Vaughn Barsamian of Holbrook, and John Dineen of Weymouth, as well as his goddaughter, Brittney Tonello of Cumberland, R.I.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Thursday, May 13, from 4 – 6 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, on Friday, May 14, at 10 a.m. Entombment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree. Services are operating in accordance with current guidelines.

For those who wish, donations in Stephen’s memory may be made to MSPCA-Angell, Attn: Donations, 350 S. Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02130.

You are invited to visit thesweeneybrothers.com or call 617-472-6344.

Evelyn E. Crews, 86

Evelyn E. Crews, 86, of Quincy, died May 1.

Evelyn E. Crews

She was the beloved wife of 60 years to the late Charles L. Crews who died in 2013.

Born in Duluth, MN on March 10, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Marie (Matson) Johnson.

Mother of Daniel Crews of Pembroke, Charles Crews of Quincy, Robert Crews of Randolph, Joyce Avalon of Quincy and Judy Boto and her husband Rick of East Bridgewater. Sister of Leonard Johnson and his wife Helen of Ashland. Also survived by grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family.

Her funeral and interment at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree, will be held privately.

Assisting the family is Hamel-Lydon Chapel & Cremation Service of Massachusetts, 650 Hancock St., Quincy.

For more information, sign the family’s virtual guest book, or to leave condolence messages visit hamellydon.com.