For Immediate Release - October 12, 2011

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MURRAY BREAKS GROUND ON PHASE II OF LYNN COMMUTER FERRY PROJECT

Project to create 50 jobs, advance future economic development in Lynn

LYNN – Wednesday, October 12, 2011 – Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today joined state and local officials to break ground on Phase II of the Lynn Commuter Ferry project which will create 50 jobs, including 30 construction jobs and 20 permanent positions, while supporting long-term economic development in the city of Lynn.

“With over 2,800 miles of coastline stretched from the North Shore to the South Coast region of the Commonwealth, investing in maritime infrastructure has and continues to be a critical component for economic development in Massachusetts,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray. “Some seaport communities have a rich history in commercial fishing and trades, while others have potential for tourism and economic growth. Here in Lynn, the Commuter Ferry project will link two cities providing greater resources for transportation and economic development along the waterfront.”

Today’s groundbreaking will help expand and rebuild the existing bulkhead to the north side of the facility’s boat ramp from 60 feet to 150 feet. In October 2010, the Seaport Advisory Council approved $1.39 million in funding to support the development of the Lynn Commuter Ferry, which is situated on approximately 2.7 acres of oceanfront land owned by the Economic Development Corporation of Lynn. 

In 2007, the Seaport Advisory Council first funded Phase I of the project by awarding $700,000 in funding, which included site demolition, a new boat ramp and complete paving of the site, located at the end of Blossom Street. 

“I commend the Patrick-Murray Administration and the Seaport Advisory Council for their continued support of this project. This construction is another big step towards making the Lynn commuter ferry a reality,” said Senator Tom McGee. “ The ferry would not only provide a viable, alternative mode of transportation for commuters, but would help stimulate economic development along Lynn’s waterfront and eventually make Lynn the gateway for the entire North Shore to the Boston Harbor Islands.”

“The groundbreaking of Phase II of the Blossom Street Ferry Project is an important step toward creating jobs and enhancing economic development on the North Shore,” said Representative Lori A. Ehrlich. “Thanks to the hard work of many local officials and residents, the region will benefit from a newly vitalized area of the city as well as expanded access to Boston through the new Lynn Commuter Ferry.”

“One of the most critical steps that a municipality can take in tough fiscal times is to build infrastructure and be prepared for the next wave of economic growth, and an active Lynn waterfront will pay dividends to the city for years to come,” said Representative Steven M. Walsh. “The movement of the power lines and the groundbreaking of the Blossom Street ferry terminal are the direct result of the support of the Patrick-Murray Administration, and I thank and applaud them for their unwavering support and interest in the City of Lynn."

“I applaud Governor Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Murray in their efforts to move the Lynn Ferry Project forward. From day one they and their Administration have embraced Senator McGee’s, Representative Walsh’s, and my vision for the development of Lynn’s waterfront,” said Representative Robert Fennell. “With their support in moving the power lines and funding the ferry project, they have partnered with us through the entire process, and today we are one step closer to having that vision a reality.”

The Seaport Advisory Council, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Murray, consists of 15 members including cabinet secretaries, agency heads, mayors from seaport communities, and regional and waterway user representatives. Under the Patrick-Murray Administration, the Seaport Council has allocated over $35 million to projects in Massachusetts to enhance and develop the commercial aspects of the ports and harbors in the Commonwealth’s coastal communities.

"This project would not have happened without the support of the Commonwealth and specifically Lieutenant Governor Murray," said Lynn Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy. "We look forward in the very near future to having a commuter ferry which will benefit not only Lynn, but the entire North Shore." 

The City of Lynn is one of the state's 24 Gateway Communities where the Patrick-Murray Administration has initiated strategies to promote economic activity as well as significant investments. Among some of the strategies implemented in the Gateway Communities include:

  • Making long-term investments in education, innovation and infrastructure, with special attention to the growth potential of each city's entrepreneurs and small businesses;
  • Leveraging the potential of each community’s distinctive assets, including their educational, medical and cultural institutions, and their historic buildings and neighborhoods; and
  • Connecting Gateway Cities to other local, state and global centers of innovation and economic activity.

In keeping with this strategy, the Patrick-Murray Administration has made the following Gateway City investments:

  • $1,855,536,592 in Chapter 70 education funding and unrestricted local aid in 2009;
  • Over $1 billion in active construction contracts through MassDOT;
  • $12,198,550 in Gateway City Parks grants for park projects in 22 cities;
  • $97,724,534 since 2007 in public safety grants for police and fire departments and non- profit agencies to maintain staffing levels and combat violence; and
  • $17,484,882 since 2007 in Workforce Training Grants.

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