City officials seeking public comment on Quincy St. improvements

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Mar. 20, 2013

Residents will get a chance to weigh in on a multi-agency effort to improve the Quincy St. corridor. The public meeting, scheduled to go from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on March 20, is set for the Haynes Early Education Center on Blue Hill Ave. in Roxbury.

Potential improvements could include crosswalks at intersections, better street lighting, highly visible signs and bike lanes.

Residents have registered complaints with the city, calling the current set up of streets unsafe for pedestrians.

“The concepts will address ways to slow down traffic on Quincy St., try and see if we can eliminate any cut-through traffic, making it safer for pedestrians and making the street more friendly for the neighborhood,” said Vineet Gupta, director of planning for the city’s Transportation Department.

The improvements come as federal housing officials have set aside $20.5 million for the revitalization of the Quincy St. area, which is home to about 8,900 families. Quincy Commons, a project with 40 units of affordable elderly housing, is under construction. Another project, known as Quincy Heights, will include the redevelopment of 129 existing homes and break ground in the coming months.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority has been charged with coming up with a preliminary design plan for the so-called Quincy Corridor, which stretches from Quincy St. and Blue Hill Ave. to Quincy St. Columbia Rd. Side streets that fall within the boundaries of the project include Dacia St., Perth St., Howard Ave., Dunkeld St., Mascoma St., Magnolia St., Ceylon St., Baker Ave. and Drayton Ave.

The multi-agency improvement effort is expected to last six to eight months and includes the Boston Redevelopment Authority, the Department of Neighborhood Development, the Boston Transportation Department, the Department of Public Works and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services.

More information on the effort is available at QuincyCorridor.org.