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Beverly, Salem receive $2m in state funds for waterfront projects

Posted by Sean Teehan  April 8, 2011 10:40 AM

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The state Seaport Advisory Committee approved more than $2 million in funds for waterfront projects in Salem and Beverly.

Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray, who chairs the committee, announced yesterday that Beverly will receive  $1,390,000 in funding for the Commercial Marina and Ferry Landing redevelopment, a statement from his office said. Salem will receive $632,654 to help fund the Blaney Street Wharf’s ferry project in Salem.

“By investing in infrastructure improvements in our seaport communities, we will continue to see projects that will not only leverage job creation and economic development, but also support the waterfront and commercial fishing industry, which are vital to the local economies along the coast," Murray said in a statement.

The money allocated to Beverly will fund final design, construction and installation of new concrete floats, gangways and utilities at the city’s commercial marina, the statement said. Money will also go toward final design, construction and installation of new concrete floats at the nearby Ferry Way Landing. 

Salem's funds will go toward the next phase of the Blaney Street Wharf project, which will construct the first 260 feet of the wharf and final design and construction. Also, new concrete floats will be installed at the adjacent Ferry Way Landing, according to the statement.

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