Neighborhood Revitalization and Infrastructure Improvement

The Brewer's Corner neighborhood, in the southwest area in the City of Quincy, had once been a thriving commercial district, but as happened in many communities throughout the country, over the years automobile traffic drew residents away from the neighborhood to regional shopping destinations. As a result, the neighborhood experienced a lack of investment, and the area’s infrastructure and buildings had deteriorated. In 2011, the City put into action a plan to revitalize the neighborhood. Woodard & Curran, in coordination with the City of Quincy’s Planning and Community Development Department, served as the design engineer to implement the multifaceted revitalization strategy for the Brewer’s Corner neighborhood.

Earlier investigations concluded that the neighborhood needed extensive repairs and upgrades to its roads, curbs, sidewalks, and other infrastructure and amenities. However, given capital budget constraints, the City could not finance all of the necessary improvements. The City successfully gained additional funding for the improvements through a combination of federal grants, including a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and an Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG).

Woodard & Curran, working in conjunction with MDM Transportation Consultants, provided design, permitting, and construction administration services for the following improvements:

  • new, fully-actuated, LED traffic signals;
  • new sidewalks and handicap accessibility ramps;
  • 2,000 feet of roadway reconstruction;
  • reconstruction of two intersections; and
  • traffic-calming features.

In addition to the traffic and roadway elements, the revitalization project included the replacement of existing street trees with Princeton Elms, which were planted in horizontal treeways that incorporate a structured soil mix. A number of streetscape amenities were introduced, such as new inlaid, thermo-plastic, “wagon-wheel” patterned crosswalks as well as benches, trash receptacles, and planters.

Since the project’s completion, the neighborhood has begun a rebirth, with a new eatery, new small businesses, and improved aesthetics. Both residential and commercial investments have occurred on private property and an improved sense of local pride is clear.

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City of Quincy
Quincy, MA

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Senior Client Manager
Government & Institutional
Service Line Leader
Site Civil Engineering
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