Representatives of the owner of the former Quincy Medical Center property told neighbors during a community meeting late last month that they plan to demolish nearly all of the buildings at the site and build 598 units of rental housing.
Many details of the project were not available during the meeting, such as the height of the buildings, how many buildings there will be, how many bedrooms the units will have, and whether the units will be age-restricted.
FoxRock, a Quincy real estate company that purchased the property at 114 Whitwell St. in 2016, plans to go before the city’s Planning Board with a detailed site plan this fall, said Jason Ward, who oversees the company’s acquisitions.
The hospital administration building, which has white columns and “Quincy Medical Center” written in gold across the top of the building, will be preserved and renovated, FoxRock officials said.
A retail component may be included in the project, and much of the asphalt parking lot will be built on or turned into greenspace.
Residents raised concerns about how the plan would impact traffic in the neighborhood. A traffic engineer on the project, Rob Woodland, said that traffic counts were done at peak travel times when school was in session. He estimates that trips created by the new housing will result in minor impacts at the intersections around the site.
Most of the hospital closed in December 2014. The emergency room, operated by Steward Health Care, is scheduled to remain in operation through 2021.
FoxRock had tried to bring medical uses to the site, but company officials have said they could not find an interested operator, and that parking requirements would require a massive parking structure that wouldn’t fit the neighborhood.
The company is planning to develop medical uses on the site of the former Ross Garage in Quincy Center.