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Battelle Memorial Institute leaving Duxbury for Norwell, its 12 waterfront acres up for grabs

The Battelle Institute is selling the 12-acre waterfront property adjacent to Snug Harbor.
The Battelle Institute is selling the 12-acre waterfront property adjacent to Snug Harbor. Credit:

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Officials in Duxbury are keeping their eye on what might take the place of the Battelle Memorial Institute on its 12-acre waterfront property, now that the organization has decided to leave its longtime surroundings for a more modern facility in Norwell.

Town officials have formed an ad hoc group to help try to guide the Washington Street property’s future use, perhaps preserving some of the more historic of the nonprofit marine laboratory’s eight buildings, while looking to fend off dense housing developments.

“There’s very old Colonial ship captain-style homes along that street,” said Selectman Shawn Dahlen, a member of that five-member ad hoc group. He said the prime land is private, residentially-zoned property, but changes to its use would have to be approved. He said town officials could guide prospective buyers on what might be received positively by the town.

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