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    MBTA seeks bids to revamp Quincy Center station

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    The area around the MBTA’s Quincy Center station is undergoing great change.

    The MBTA is seeking bids to redevelop Quincy Center station, located in an area that is experiencing significant change, including the construction of a new public green, new restaurants, and high-end residences.

    The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the city of Quincy are asking developers to propose a “level of density and mix of uses that would increase the vibrancy of Quincy Center,” according to a request for proposals released Aug. 18.

    The successful bidder would win a 99-year lease of the 1300 Hancock St. station and the air rights above it. Developers have until Oct. 2 to respond.

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    In July, the MBTA asked developers with experience in large-scale transit-oriented projects or air rights to share their ideas about what could be done at the site. It was not a formal request for proposals, but a way to gauge interest in the property.

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    The new request for proposals is the next step in the process.

    The station serves 16 bus lines, Red Line subway trains, and the commuter rail. City leaders say it is time for a makeover of the station amid the other investments downtown.

    Separately, the MBTA is demolishing most of the station’s condemned parking garage this fall to make way for redevelopment. MBTA documents indicate the demolition will take 18 months.

    Jill Terreri Ramos can be reached at jill.ramos@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @jillterreri.