Anden Apartments co-owner Nick Delegas said his new 87-unit apartment complex, recently opened in Weymouth Landing, would be “a huge benefit” for the town’s nearby businesses.
“It will bring in more residents, and they will help make the Landing more lively,” said Delegas, a co-principal with Delegas Brothers Inc. “It’s a very big plus for this area.”
The five-story complex has 87 dwellings that consist of studio and multi-bedroom units.
“We have five or seven tenants,” Delegas said. “We expect to have 25 people living here by the end of May.”
Weymouth District 2 Town Councilor Maureen Kiely said future apartment tenants would make the Landing “more pedestrian-friendly.”
“You can see that happening at Fuel America coffeehouse, which is at the top of the Landing,” she said.
Kiely said she believes Delegas won’t have difficulty filling the apartment complex.
“It’s a unique property with public bus transportation available in front of the building and (commuter train service) in the back,” she said. “That is a neat feature for someone that does not own a vehicle.”
Kiely said the MBTA train station would encourage some young professionals that live in Boston to reside at Anden Apartments.
“Young professionals won’t need to live in the city, and they will have accessibility to many different things,” she said. “Many younger folks don’t want the responsibility of owning a motor vehicle. If they want to go somewhere badly enough, they will jump in an Uber. There is also a taxi service.”
Landing ‘on way to being revitalized’
Bates Bar & Grill owner Bob Sarras said he hopes to gain customers from Anden Apartments.
“I think it’s a great addition to the Landing, and it looks good aesthetically,” he said.
Weymouth Planning Director Robert Luongo said town officials believe the Landing is “on its way to being revitalized” with the addition of apartment/retail complexes.
“People that move into the apartment complex will have more disposable incomes and patronize various restaurants,” he said.
Luongo said Anden Apartment rental fees are at “current market rates.”
“We think there is a tremendous opportunity for retail and foodservice growth in the Landing with all of these new units added,” he said.
Weymouth resident Judy Hayes said the complex’s proximity to various shops would benefit tenants and Landing businesses.
“People that live there won’t have to drive to other places to shop,” she added.
Weymouth Chamber of Commerce Chairman George Burg said the benefits of apartment/retail complexes in the Landing are occurring because of zoning changes.
“There were times when the Landing was vacant at 8 p.m.,” he said. “But with people moving into these facilities, it’s more active at night.”
Recently constructed apartment retail complexes in the Landing include; 10 Front, Landing 53, and Weston Park Apartments.
Anden seeks retailors
The four-story site has 10,500 square feet of commercial space to accommodate retail shops on the first floor.
Hayes said she hopes to see retail shops open soon in the complex.
“It’s sad to see there already are some empty storefronts in the Landing,” she said.
Delegas said he expects the complex will attract retail shop tenants in the months ahead.
“As of now, we don’t have any commercial leases,” he said. “It’s still early.”
Delegas said retail interest in the complex would increase when work associated with the excavation of the underground Smelt Brook is completed.
“People will then be able to access a municipal parking area,” he said.
Luongo said excavation of a 150-section of the stream is done, and the remaining work consists of completing a pathway that extends from Washington Street to the parking lot.
“That should be completed by the middle of the summer,” he said
Anden Apartments amenities
Delegas said his tenants would have access to a fitness center on the first floor.
“If people have a long day at work, they can come in here and work out,” he said.
The facility has treadmills, footstep exercise machines, bicycle exercise machines, leg pressing machines, and free weights.
There is a conference room available to host meetings.
“If you want to have a Zoom meeting, you have private space,” he said. “You can use it if you want to be out of your apartment.”
Delegas said the outdoor Skydeck has a firepit and lounge, with grills that tenants can use.
Additional information about the complex is available online at Anden Apartments.