State Announces Seaport Economic Council Funding for Fall River

FALL RIVER –The state has announced an award of $1 million in competitive Seaport Economic Council grant funding to the City of Fall River to support the redevelopment of City Pier.

The grant funding will advance the state’s commitment to growing the blue economy and supporting job creation in coastal cities and towns.

“Our administration is partnering with maritime communities to build stronger and more resilient local economies,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “By giving all the Commonwealth’s maritime communities — from deepwater ports to small coastal communities — new opportunities to build on their unique economic assets, we will fuel new growth, and open pathways to prosperity.”

Seaport Economic Council funding will allow Fall River to refurbish City Pier, a dilapidated and contaminated 4.5-acre parcel, and generate new private investment on the city’s waterfront.

The $3.85 million project will construct new sheet piling and other pier and seawall infrastructure, and extend the public infrastructure needed to accommodate private investment on the pier.

The public infrastructure will allow for the pier’s full environmental remediation, and allow a fully-permitted 125-slip marina, marine service center and restaurant development to advance.

In addition to $1 million in Seaport Economic Council grant funding, the state is supporting the City Pier project through $1.6 million in MassWorks Infrastructure Program funding, and $600,000 in funding from the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund administered by MassDevelopment.

The City of Fall River is contributing $650,000 in matching funds.

The public infrastructure funding complements approximately $4 million in federal, state and local funds already invested in site remediation.

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