June 2019 Member Lunch – Mayor Thomas Koch of Quincy
Join us June 14th to hear Mayor Thomas Koch, of Quincy, discuss the many projects that are completed or under construction; from housing and major medical office facilities to infrastructure public projects which will transform historic Quincy for the future.
Mayor Koch was elected the 33rd Mayor of Quincy in 2007, taking office as the worst recession of our generation hit. The Mayor acted immediately to protect the City with a series of financial reforms, and his leadership helped prevent the wholesale loss of vital public services suffered by many other communities.
Mayor Koch is responsible for planning and stewardship of the most ambitious urban revitalization projects in the Commonwealth – the rebirth of Quincy Center, a Gateway City.
Mayor Thomas Koch of Quincy
Elected in 2007, Mayor Koch has been fighting through the fits and starts of urban redevelopment. Through an original master developer that defaulted in 2014, the new Quincy Center is soaring today. Hundreds of new housing units are occupied, under construction or permitted; more than a dozen new retail spaces and restaurants opened in just the last few years, and a world-class new civic space – the Hancock-Adams Common — opened last year as the downtown’s new public centerpiece.
Now on the agenda is a major medical office facility to be occupied by a partnership between Brigham and Women’s Hospital and South Shore Hospital. The plan for a city-owned parcel also includes a hotel and more than 140 units of workforce housing. Anticipated as the first major commercial development in downtown Quincy in a generation, the plan unlocks several other development parcels, and the City is also working in partnership with the MBTA on the redevelopment of the Quincy Center MBTA station.
Mayor Koch is a firm believer in power of public investment as a driver of private growth and strong communities, spearheading an unprecedented number of major infrastructure projects during his time in office. He opened the City’s first Senior Center, three new schools, a new track and field facility, restored historic assets at Old City Hall and the Coddington Building, replaced miles of underground utilities, and restored or expanded acres upon acres of the City’s parks.
The work has helped spur a major economic resurgence even outside of the downtown, with more than 4,000 housing units created in just the last several years, thousands of square feet in new retail and rising commercial property values.
Mayor Koch lives two doors down from his childhood home in North Quincy with his wife, Christine. They have three children.
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