MC: 2019 IRAP $500K To Serve New Bedford Boat Yard

Shoreline Resources will Transform Vacant Revere Copper Site into a Commercial Shipyard, Featuring Rail Service off of Current Freight Yard/Future MBTA Layover.

23 December, New Bedford MA – Shoreline is owned by New Bedford’s Quinn family, which operates 12 scallop boats, as well as a chandlery (Standard Marine Outfitters), and East Coast Fabrication, a commercial vessel repair facility that has outgrown its current location. Shoreline intends to commence site preparation activities in the next several months. The 12.5-acre site borders the existing New Bedford rail yard to the north, near the end of the New Bedford Subdivision.

The site is at the crux of New Bedford’s two major infrastructure improvements: The Phase 5 harbor dredging project, which will remove PCBs and revitalize the site’s waterfront, and the Wamsutta terminus of the MassDOT South Coast Rail project, which will significantly expand rail access to the site.

Shoreline acquired the Revere site for $50,000 in July of this year. The manufacturing facility closed in 2007.

Shoreline is staking a 58.5% match to the IRAP award; total project cost is $1,042,000.

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Mass Coastal will serve the new commercial shipyard that Shoreline Resources is intending to build on the former Revere Copper site. The site itself has undergone extensive environmental remediation, and the completion of the harbor dredging project will mitigate PCB contamination of the harbor floor, as well as provide improved waterfront construction potential. With more than $1 million budgeted for rail improvements, plus the capacity upgrades that will come along with being neighbors with the MBTA, it seems likely that the site will utilize rail to a greater extent than the material shipping needs of the shipyard. {OpenRailwayMap, Google Earth; annotated by ANRP}.