A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon at Southfield for the new 72 luxury apartment homes expected to be finished and leased by next summer.
Richard High, President of John M. Corcoran and Company, the Braintree-based development company that who manages the apartments, said that the newer complex will have more amenities than the 226 existing units that are already occupied at the 1,400-acre development.
High said the residents will enjoy a new roof deck, a wifi café with outdoor patio, a saltwater swimming pool, and pool side grill, fitness center and collaborative game rooms.
“It’s a place where you can walk out the front door for an easy public commute to the city and after work, step out the back door to a world of recreational activities,” High said.
Peter Mahoney, a Senior Project Director at Corcoran said the new apartments will also include private entertainment space where residents can relax with guests.
Many local officials were on hand to discuss the benefits of the new Southfield Development, including Peter Forman, President & CEO of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, who believes the new community will only help Weymouth’s economy.
“The residential homes will help the retail businesses around the area and eventually draw in some retail to this site,” he said. “As you draw in hundreds of new residents, who are now commuting to Boston, at some point a new a workforce will come here will say there’s a workforce there that’s tired of going to Boston and they will build other primary businesses.”
The $60 Million new project is the second phase of The Commons at South Field Highlands Development .
The existing homes are LEED (Leadership In Energy and Environmental Design) certified. The complex uses water efficient plumbing fixtures and low energy windows, which significantly reduces the effects of the outdoor climate on interior temperatures. It also has energy saving light fixtures and appliances and high efficiency hot water heaters, which will use less energy.
Mahoney said the green features would save the residents money on their utility bills overtime.
Other benefits to the existing living area at the Commons include easy access to the MBTA South Weymouth commuter rail station , open space, a growing community, weekly fitness boot camps, and cooking classes by Whole Foods.