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Evolving Merchants Row

Merchants Row is the kickoff block of Quincy’s $1.6 billion downtown redevelopment plan but is on hold, for now. The original vision for that block, and the reality:
Demolished; to be demolished
June 24, 2012
Work starts
Multiple buildings are demolished to make room for new development; Chestnut Street is closed for utility work.
October 17, 2012
Initial plans
Design plans are rolled out for Merchants Row. Later acquired properties and rising construction costs set in motion a redesign of the original plans.
August 27, 2013
Plan changed
New plans are unveiled to use a broader footprint, the Kilroy is downsized, only three existing buildings to remain on the block.
October 29, 2013
Construction stops
Street utility and site preparation work come to a halt. A construction wall hides a hole created from former basements.
Downtown plan
Way off schedule
Construction had started in just block 4 of Step 1. Planners were expecting construction starts in blocks 7, 8, 9, 11, and 12 by 2014.

James Abundis/Globe Staff

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