Monthly Archives: June 2017

Red Sox Hall Of Famer Buys Hingham Luxury Condo

Legendary Sox catcher and former team captain Jason Varitek and his wife, Catherine Varitek, closed on an $1.8 million home in Hingham’s Residences at Black Rock earlier this month.

Varitek played two summers with the Hyannis Mets in the Cape Cod League, then spent his entire major league career (1997-2011) with the Boston Red Sox wearing the number 33. The three-time All-Star helped the Sox bring home two world championships and has played in more post-season games than any other Red Sox player in history.
The 138 residences at Black Rock overlook the fairways of the Black Rock Country Club. Residences have access to the club’s swimming pools, fitness rooms, luxury clubhouse, tennis courts, and other amenities. While the interiors of residences are personalized, the exteriors feature cedar shingles, mahogany decks and brick walkways.

Varitek is currently an assistant to Dave Dombrowski, the Red Sox’s president of baseball operations.

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Local Businesses And Selectmen Rally For Hanover Mall Redevelopment


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Numerous local businesses and two chambers of commerce have gone on record in favor of a June 19 Hanover Special Town Meeting article that, if approved by voters, would grant the Hanover Mall a tax increment financing (TIF), allowing the new owners of the mall to redevelop and revitalize the 46-year-old shopping center.

Generally, a TIF allows municipalities to divert future property tax revenue increases from a defined district – or in this case, a property – toward an economic development project.
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Since PECO Real Estate Partners (PREP), the new owners of the Hanover Mall, and its Hanover-based management team began meeting with local officials and community members to discuss the TIF proposal, several businesses and organizations have gone public in their endorsement. The Hanover selectmen voted unanimously in support of the TIF on May 24, as has the planning board, at a meeting on June 6. PREP contends the TIF is necessary to complete the redevelopment plan for the mall to become “Hanover Crossing,” the proposed name for the redeveloped property.

Both the Hanover and South Shore chambers of commerce have endorsed the proposal and encouraged voters to support it. Hanover Chamber President Patrick Kelleher said in a statement that he is excited “about the economic boost the new mall will give to our community.”

Under the terms of the proposed TIF, PREP will commit to investing a minimum of $40 million in redeveloping the mall – which is the town’s single largest taxpayer – while maintaining the level of property tax payments annually based on its purchase price.

PREP has agreed to pay real estate taxes based on its purchase price of nearly $40 million, prior to and during the construction period. In recent years, its assessed valuation has declined. The TIF agreement would stop that slide while allowing the owners the time to invest in improvements and attract new tenants.

The redevelopment will provide an estimated 700 full-time, part-time and construction jobs; under the agreement, PREP is required to use best efforts to hire Hanover residents.

“We look at this article as a ‘win-win,’ since it will move the Hanover Mall revitalization forward, as well as provide the community a stable tax payment over the next 15 years,” Hanover Mall General Manager Ed Callahan said in a statement.

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