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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JASON SILVA, CHIEF OF STAFF
OCTOBER 27, 2010 (978) 744-9595 ext. 5603
City to purchase Blaney Street parcel today
SALEM, MA – Mayor Kimberley Driscoll is pleased to announce that the City will formally acquire the Blaney Street parcel from Dominion Energy tomorrow paving the way for the Salem Wharf project.
A formal deed signing ceremony is scheduled for today, Thursday October 28, 2010 at 3:30 pm in the Mayor’s Office at City Hall.
The Blaney Street parcel is currently home to a temporary pier serving the Salem Ferry. This year, ridership on the Ferry is up 30% over last year. The City has plans for a complete build-out of the current Blaney Street pier, known as the Salem Wharf project, which will include an extended pier, ferry terminal and site improvements that will be able to accommodate small to medium sized cruise ships and commercial vessels. This project is fully engineered and permitted.
“I would like to extend a big thank you to Dominion Energy for agreeing to sell this valuable piece of property to the City of Salem,” stated Mayor Kimberley Driscoll. “Now that the City will have full control over the property I look forward to the Salem Wharf project advancing and spurring economic growth, additional waterfront activity, job creation and revenue for the City.”
“Dominion is very pleased to work with State Senator Fred Berry and the City of Salem to continue to assist with this important project. We know that this project will bring economic benefits to the entire North Shore” said Daniel A. Weekley, Managing Director – Northeast, Dominion Resources.
“City ownership of the Blaney Street landing has always been a critical factor to unlocking the economic potential of Salem’s waterfront,” stated Senate Majority Leader Fred Berry. “This announcement is tremendous news for both the city and the North Shore as a whole. I would like to express my gratitude to Dominion for their collaboration with the City of Salem in making this a reality.”
“I very much appreciate Dominion’s support and cooperation in Salem’s effort to revitalize its waterfront,” stated State Representative John Keenan. “Owning this parcel will now enable us to seek the necessary funds to build a new wharf supporting our leading economic engine of tourism while also complementing our transportation options along with the new Salem Train Station. It’s another great day for Salem.”
Over the last month, the City has secured $1.25 million from the state’s Seaport Advisory Council and $2.5 million in federal grant dollars to move forward with the construction of the project. The City acquired the parcel with the help of a $1.7 million grant received from the Seaport Advisory Council.