For Immediate Release - May 18, 2010


Brownfield Support Team Initiative project will promote job creation, economic development in Fall River

FALL RIVER - Thursday, May 20, 2010 - As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's Brownfield Support Team (BST) Initiative, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today announced the commitment of $2.2 million in state and federal funding to support environmental assessment, site stabilization and permitting of Fall River's City Pier Project. Murray, joined by DEP Commissioner Laurie Burt, representatives from EPA and MassDevelopment, state legislators, and local officials celebrated the announcement at a press conference along the city's pier.

"This clean-up marks an important step forward for the City Pier in Fall River and will lead to significant long-term benefits for residents and businesses," said Governor Deval Patrick. "By working with our partners on the federal and state level, we are investing in our environment and redevelopment opportunities that will support the region's economic success."

"Pilot projects across the Commonwealth have benefitted from the coordination and efforts of the Administration's Brownfield Support Team Initiative," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. "Funding through the collaboration of MassDevelopment, MassDEP, and the Governor's Seaport Advisory Council will support the redevelopment of Fall River's City Pier, a tremendous milestone that will lead to a revitalized pier and job creation for the city and the region."

The redevelopment of Fall River's City Pier will be financed through a combination of state and federal funds including $150,000 from the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund administered by the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency (MassDevelopment) for environmental assessment; $75,000 through the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's (MassDEP) brownfield grant awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for sampling and analytical work at the City Pier site; and a $2 million award from the Governor's Seaport Advisory Council in April for work on the municipal marina, site stabilization and permitting.

"The appropriate use of the Fall River City Pier is a perfect example in which we must have cooperation between the private and public sectors in order to achieve an important economic goal," said Congressman Barney Frank. "I am pleased to be supporting the federal funding which will be an essential part of this project."

"This is an excellent example of pooling together local, state and federal resources," said Congressman James McGovern. "I'm looking forward to seeing the Fall River City Pier Project brought to completion."

"Reclaiming Brownfields sites has been a powerful economic engine to strengthen and revitalize our communities," said Curt Spalding, Regional Administrator of EPA's New England regional office. "By working together across all levels of government, we can leverage our funds to achieve real and lasting results. We are very pleased that this collaborative approach will help Fall River to redevelop their City Pier into a 21st Century resource for the community."

This four-acre site in Fall River was formerly used as a lumberyard, marina and construction staging area for heavy equipment. As a result of a past release of PCBs on the site, the soil and sediment in the abandoned area has been contaminated. Through the Administration's BST Initiative, funding awarded for the City Pier Project will facilitate the redevelopment of this site into a 100-slip marina, including a pump-out facility, ships chandlery, office and boathouse. This redevelopment project will foster job creation, result in increased tax revenue, and will eliminate the blighted parcel of land.

"This is great news for the City Pier Project. The Patrick-Murray Administration has been very helpful in supporting this project so that it can be an integral part of the city's waterfront development," said Senator Joan Menard. "It is an important step toward promoting economic growth and improving the environmental quality of the area."

"Governor Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Murray understand the importance that our waterfront can have on the economic and social development of Fall River. I applaud their decision to help fund the cleanup of the city pier; a project that can be vital for the growth and beautification around historical Taunton River," said Representative Michael J. Rodrigues.

The 4.22-acre site at 600 Davol Street has also been designated as a Priority Project by MassDevelopment because of the work Fall River has already done on the project. With support from the BST Initiative, officials from the Fall River Redevelopment Authority will work to assess contamination at the site, develop a cleanup plan, estimate remediation and construction costs and secure the necessary permits that support final property use.

"I want to commend the Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray and the Brownfield Support Team for their commitment to Fall River. Together we are moving Fall River forward," said Mayor Will Flanagan of Fall River.

"The City Pier project is a prime example of how the Brownfields Redevelopment Fund can create jobs and help revitalize a city, creating access to Fall River's waterfront and connecting public parks," said MassDevelopment President and CEO Robert L. Culver. "The Brownfield Support Team continues to play a critical role in improving economic and environmental conditions throughout the Commonwealth and in particular within its Gateway Cities."

"We are delighted to be able to help this important redevelopment project move forward with the commitment of MassDEP's federal grant funding," MassDEP Commissioner Laurie Burt said. "We're also very grateful to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region One for its continued support of our Brownfield efforts for over a decade."

The City Pier site was chosen by the Patrick-Murray Administration as one of five projects in the BST Initiative in 2008. The BST Initiative is a pilot program that brings together staff from key state and federal agencies to help municipalities solve problems that impede the redevelopment of contaminated properties. These teams are made up of staff from MassDevelopment, MassDEP and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED). The U.S. EPA's New England Regional office is also an integral part of the City Pier Brownfield Support Team. Staff from MassDEP's Southeast Regional Office has been leading the City Pier Brownfield Support Team since October 2008.

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