MassDevelopment issues Request For Proposals (RFP) for the development of New Bedford State Pier

MassDevelopment has issued a Request for Proposals to redevelop the New Bedford State Pier into a thriving mixed-use asset along the city’s waterfront, as envisioned by Senator Mark Montigny since 2008 and based on his legislative language that was signed into law by Governor Baker.

Based on Montigny’s language the RFP will garner interest from developers seeking to use the state facility to generate economic development and jobs related industries such as commercial fishing, offshore wind, cargo, marine transportation, fish markets, restaurants, and other potential mixed-uses.

See the full document, including photos and details here.

You can view MassDevelopment’s suite of documents, plans, Master Plan, and other documents here.

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Key Points

• Located at the waterside terminus of Union Street (the City of New Bedford’s downtown commercial corridor), and abutting the Historic District and National Park. This area has experienced a resurgence of food and retail activity since the 2012 reconstruction of JFK Boulevard, a project promoting safe pedestrian transit from the waterside into the downtown area.
• Adjacent to active piers used primarily for the berthing of commercial fishing vessels.
• Within the New Bedford Fairhaven Harbor; protected by the Hurricane Barrier.
• Contiguous area of approximately 8 acres.
• Approximately 1,600 LF of wharves (North, East and South)
• Excellent truck route and highway connections to the Southeast Massachusetts region.
• Potential access to existing deep berths at the eastern and southern end of the site.
• Land freight to vessel roll on/roll off access.
• The entire site is located within the New Bedford / Fairhaven Designated Port Area (DPA) and subject to Massachusetts Chapter 91 Waterways regulations.
• Note that the above referenced 2018 Economic Development Bill allows for 20% of the site area to be used for accessory uses that support the marine industry on the western end of property.