Braintree Motel 6 property may be in the works, says mayor

BRAINTED – It has remained empty and barricaded for the past three years at one of the city’s main gateways, but changes could be underway for the old Motel 6 on Union Street, Mayor Charles said Kokoros in city council this week.

Kokoros said he spoke to the owners of the property on Monday.

“They are working to make a deal,” he said.

Homeowners are aware of the city’s new anti-bacterial ordinance, which provides for fines of $ 300 per day for commercial properties left with boarded up windows. The city council approved the ordinance on November 3.

“It’s just an eyesore and not what we want Braintree to look like,” the mayor said of the old Motel 6.

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The motel closed permanently in September 2018, more than a year after two police officers were gunned down while trying to execute a warrant there.

Kokoros gave the board an update on his administration’s economic development efforts, such as last week’s planning board vote to enable the conversion of the former Lord & Taylor store in South Shore Plaza into office space.

The Native Sun Braintree LLC medical marijuana dispensary wants to move into the former Pier 1 Imports store on Granite Street, Kokoros said. A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for next month.

Mass General Brigham has purchased the former Massachusetts State Lottery headquarters off Columbian Street and is considering moving medical offices into the building, the mayor said.

“It will be of huge benefit to the community and the surrounding area,” Kokoros said.

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Two years ago, the town planning council approved the conversion of the property to medical offices for the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Group, which is now part of Mass General Brigham.

The property will house medical offices now owned by the hospital company, as well as an emergency care center, imaging and laboratory services. A spokesperson said at the time that the renovated building would house 350 employees, 50 more than the Lottery.

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