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Municipal Harriman Awarded Renewal Projects

Fall River Main Street diagram

Boston – Harriman has been selected by the Fall River Redevelopment Authority (FRRA) and the New Bedford Harbor Development Commission to develop urban renewal master plans for the two cities. The first of two urban renewal plans for Fall River is for the waterfront, and the second is for the downtown. Each plan is expected be completed in the summer of 2017. Other members of the redevelopment

team include Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc. of Hartford, Conn., for support on plan elements related to transportation and infrastructure; FXM Associates of Mattapoisett, Mass., for market analysis of existing and potential market trends; and Bonz and Company, Inc. of Boston to undertake any necessary appraisals. The New Bedford plan will identify strategies to strengthen city’s working waterfront and deep-water harbor and identify opportunities to draw visitors

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from the downtown to experience the vibrancy of the waterfront. The redevelopment plan will provide specific implementation steps and public actions, tied to a timeline and potential financing structure, and tailored to the specific needs of the New Bedford community. The challenge is to respect and strengthen the port’s current waterdependent industrial uses while providing safe public access at specific locations. The Fall River plans will outline proposed public infrastructure improvements, such as how to connect the waterfront to local neighborhoods with improved pedestrian and bicycle access, as well as future connection to the larger region that includes new access to the Veterans Memorial shared-use path and the future site of the proposed South Coast Rail expansion. New parcels for development will be identified to encourage private entities to establish restaurant, retail, housing, and tourism options within the area. Previously, the city of New Bedford engaged in strategic planning to integrate new business opportunities from the emerging offshore wind industry with New Bedford’s commercial fishing, cargo, and cultural tourism sectors. While the original strategy looked at the whole waterfront, this process is now tasked with planning for key focus areas that will have the greatest impact in revitalizing the waterfront.

New Bedford redevelopment site plan

In addition to Harriman as the lead urban planners, the team for the New Bedford plan includes Sasaki Associates of Watertown for urban design and land use planning, APEX of New Bedford for environmental analysis, and FXM Associates of Mattapoisett for market and economic analysis. The team also includes Boston-based HSH Associates for transportation planning, and Bonz & Company for its real estate development expertise. Harriman and the city of New Bedford finalized the contract in December 2016.

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High-Profile: June 2017  
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