By Carol Meyer
The long-awaited mixed-use building at the site where the former dilapidated Settles Glass building once stood -- at the intersection of North and Station streets -- will include four upscale condominium units and a single retail space on the first floor, soon to be occupied by KloTH Hingham, adding vibrancy to the downtown area.
As part of the approval process, Developer Matt Falconeiri was required to come up with a traffic-calming proposal for this busy area to enhance pedestrian safety -- a plan that was recently approved by the Selectmen.
The goal is to slow down fast-moving motorists, in part by visually narrowing Station Street where it leads to North Street by installing a painted, rather than a physical, island so as not to impede the traffic flow.
Because of its close proximity to the harbor, this development will play a part in the long-held desire of town officials to link Hingham Square and the surrounding area to the waterfront.
Selectmen Chair Mary Power had high praises for the development. "It looks beautiful -- like it fits in and was always there," she said.