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North Quincy’s the Abby officially breaks ground with 610 apartments expected

The three-building project will be off a Red Line stop in a city increasingly popular because of its proximity to Boston

Rendering of a future multistory apartment complex with a large courtyard out front. Rendering via Bozzuto Development

The Abby, a three-building apartment complex on a 7.2-acre parking lot adjacent to the North Quincy Red Line stop, officially broke ground at the end of September. Governor Charlie Baker and Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch were among the guests of honor.

The complex is due to include 610 apartments and 45,000 square feet of retail, including a Target, as well as a parking garage with some 1,314 spaces, including 852 for MBTA commuters. All of the buildings in the project—named for first lady Abigail Adams, late of Quincy—will be connected.

The project marks the residential development debut in New England of Maryland-based Bozzuto Development Company, which is known best in these parts for managing apartments and retail. Its partners on the project included Northwestern Mutual and Atlantic Development.

“We are excited to have reached this key milestone on the Abby and to be providing the North Quincy community with high-quality residential and retail opportunities that make great use of the adjacent Red Line station,” Toby Bozzuto, president and chief executive of Bozzuto Development parent the Bozzuto Group, said in a statement.

Indeed, Quincy is seeing a wave of development near its Red Line stops due pretty much entirely to their proximity to Boston. An increasing number of life sciences firms are also taking advantage of that fact. The under-construction Abby, for instance, is under 25 minutes from Cambridge’s Kendall Square on the Red Line and 15 minutes from Boston’s South Station (that’s under ideal conditions, though). The site is also about a mile from I-93, for that matter.

The Icon Architects-designed complex is scheduled to wrap in phases. The first phase includes the garage, which is supposed to be ready in summer 2020; Building A, which is supposed to come online in spring 2021, with 218 apartments and that 40,000-square-foot Target; and Building B, rendered above and scheduled to wrap in summer 2021, with 137 apartments and 2,500 square feet of retail (as well as 219 surface parking spaces).

The second phase will include a 255-unit Building C, which will also have 2,500 square feet of retail and 130 parking spots for residents. Amenities at the Abby are due to include a fitness center, a solarium, a lounge, a dog spa, a bike-repair area, two landscaped courtyards, and electric-vehicle charging stations.

The development team is also donating $4.8 million to Quincy’s affordable housing trust as well as to public space improvements at North Quincy High School and nearby streets and sidewalks. Stay tuned.