6 Fort Street Grand Opening

Quincy, MA, November 15, 2011- On a Tuesday afternoon, over 65 members of the community, joined by City and State officials, gathered to celebrate the completion of the 43,000 square-foot residential development Quincy. The ribbon cutting and reception included praise and remarks from the President of the Asian Community Development Corporation and the City of Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch, as well as festive lion dancing and guided tours of the project.

6 Fort Street, a partially historic adaptive reuse of a church and an office building, includes 34 units of affordable housing, a community room, parking deck, and recreational deck space. A new hallway “bridge” smoothly connects the buildings that were built in two different eras. Both of the buildings were fully renovated to allow for spacious living spaces, community space, management office, and storage space. Open floor plans in each unit feature cove-lit kitchens with contemporary finishes and bonus rooms that can function as a study, home-office, or playroom. A newly added deck maximizes parking spaces, as well as provides outdoor turf-covered recreational space and a basketball half-court.

Davis Square Architects ensured that the renovation of the buildings included many energy efficiency improvements, as well as modernizations that make the building convenient for people of all ages and abilities. Particular attention was paid to creating a well-insulated exterior envelope that eliminates thermal bridging, water saving features, efficient boilers, and air conditioning for all of the units. Built in 1890, the steeple and stained-glass windows of the church were carefully restored to reveal its historic charm.

As noted in the Welcome remarks by ACDC’s Executive Director Janelle Chan, when advertised, the development received nearly 400 housing applications for its 34 units, many of whom are from Quincy. This overwhelming response demonstrates the high demand for healthy, vibrant, and affordable housing in this neighborhood.