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Former medical center site said to have no takers

QUINCY, MA - 10/09/2014: Quincy Medical Center AERIAL (David L Ryan/Globe Staff Photo) SECTION: METRO TOPIC stand alone photos

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The company that owns the former Quincy Medical Center has been marketing the property to health care providers.

Boston-area health care providers have not shown interest in locating their operations at the former Quincy Medical Center site, according to its owner, who had hoped to have a reuse plan for the property before the end of the year.

FoxRock Properties, a Quincy commercial real estate firm that bought the former hospital in December 2016, has been marketing the property to health care providers, but they have told FoxRock that the complex is too old and outdated, company representative Chet Clem told more than 50 people at a recent neighborhood meeting.

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Some providers said they wouldn’t take the property for free, Clem said.

The complex at 114 Whitwell St. has an active 24-hour emergency room run by Steward Health Care, but the rest of the hospital was shut down in 2014.

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FoxRock has been dealing with various problems throughout the property, from its heating and cooling systems to faulty roofs, and is determining what parts of the property, which contains several buildings, can be saved, said Clem, who works in development and strategic partnerships for FoxRock.

The company is looking at uses suited to senior citizens, and is working with architects on how to reuse the property. A landscape architect is also looking at ways to enhance a park behind the property, which is accessible from Glendale Road, Clem said.

In a separate development, FoxRock is also poised to buy the former site of the Ross parking garage at 1 Parkingway in Quincy Center, and it is expected to discuss its plans for the site before the City Council in late September or October. The company and the city are working on a purchase agreement, and the company is planning 1 million square feet of commercial space there, said Chris Reale, who works in leasing, development, and acquisitions for FoxRock.

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FoxRock’s purchase of the hospital and its status as the city’s chosen developer for the parking garage site were announced in December.

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