The Massachusetts Port Authority is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) for maritime related development on the Massport Marine Terminal(MMT) also known as the North Jetty or Subaru Pier in South Boston.
The MMT is located on the waterfront between the Fish Pier and the former South Boston Army Base. It is owned by the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation of Boston (EDIC) and is leased to Massport through 2070.
"The City of Boston strongly supports the redevelopment of the Massport Marine Terminal, a project that will provide valuable maritime jobs and will become an important addition to this existing industrial sector - a sector that contributes significantly to Boston's economy," said Boston Redevelopment Authority Director Mark Maloney. "The City is working tirelessly to support these types of port uses through initiatives like Back Streets; they are the industries that this City was built on and we need to make sure they have the financial help, technical assistance and general support that they need to remain in our city."
Massport seeks parties interested in developing or subleasing portions of up to 30 acres on the 40-acre parcel. Approximately 10 acres have been dedicated to the seafood processing business and the remaining 30 have most recently been used as construction staging by the Central Artery/Tunnel Project. As the CA/T Project nears completion, all of the 30 acres will become available for redevelopment between 2003 and 2007.
With its deepwater berthing areas and close proximity to Conley Container Terminal, the site is ideal for bulk cargo operations, cargo warehousing, distribution and other maritime industrial uses. In addition, the site offers easy access to the interstate highway system, potential rail connections and special permitting for overweight containers from Conley Terminal.
The Port of Boston offers direct ocean carrier service to Europe and the Far East providing New England importers and exporters with trade lanes to all global markets.
"This is a terrific opportunity for significant industrial development right in the heart of Boston's working port," said Massport CEO Craig Coy. "With a revitalized working waterfront this area has tremendous potential."
To support the growing seafood industry, Massport set aside 10 acres on MMT to build a new seafood district in South Boston. In 1998, the City of Boston completed the construction of the New Boston Seafood Center, a two building complex on land contiguous to the MMT. In September 2000, the Harbor Seafood Center was completed as the first phase in Massport's four-phase development plan. In November 2002, Legal Seafoods broke ground on the second phase to relocate its headquarters and central processing facilities.
"We are very pleased that Massport is moving forward with development of the Massport Marine Terminal," said Vivien Li, Executive Director of The Boston Harbor Association. "Active use of this part of the waterfront will create many new maritime industrial jobs and complement existing port businesses,"
For more information, click here. To receive a copy of the RFI, please contact Pamela Reed, Massport Maritime Department, One Harborside Drive, East Boston, MA 02128-2909 or call (617) 946-4477.