$70m seafood plant planned for marine park
Boston officials have approved construction of a $70 million seafood processing plant in the city's marine industrial park.
American Seafood Exchange plans to build a 350,000-square foot facility on city-owned property. It would employ up to 1,500 people and include cold storage and packing operations designed to get seafood to consumers in the shortest time possible.
"This is going to revolutionize the fishing industry in Boston," Mayor Thomas M. Menino said today. "It will re-establish the city as a fully operation seafood port for the 21st century."
The processing and distribution center will be fashioned out of two vacant warehouses at 3 Dolphin Way. American Seafood Exchange was chosen from a group of five bidders for the property, which is comprised of parcels known as M and N in the 190-acre marine industrial park.
While officials hailed the proposal as a significant benefit for the Seaport District, they also made clear the company must show it can proceed with the project during the next year or its designation will be revisited.
Plans for the plant call for a public seafood auction at which distributors could buy seafood from Boston, New England, and all over the world, and have it frozen or shipped fresh. The public would be able watch the company's operations from a viewing station to be built along the Harborwalk.