By Carol Britton Meyer
Hingham developer D. J. MacKinnon is seeking community input about potential ways the historic Old Ship Parish House property in downtown Hingham could be redeveloped in a way that is appropriate for the surrounding neighborhood.
The idea is to generate enough value to build a new Parish House across the street near the Old Ship Meeting House, at an estimated cost of $4 million, through a potential sale agreement with MacKinnon's company, Atlantic Development.
Another component of the proposal is to use a small portion of the land to expand the town-owned Lincoln School Apartments located behind the existing Parish House in order to increase the town's stock of much-needed affordable housing for seniors.
The first in a series of community Zoom meetings was held recently, with a public site visit planned for Tuesday, June 22, at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
Another remote meeting will be scheduled in July to present and discuss various options for the property, including ideas suggested by members of the community.
MacKinnon, who is committed to an open process, said he is looking forward to working with neighbors and others who are interested in this multi-faceted potential project.