Boston – The Boston Redevelopment Authority issued a request for proposals to hire a consultant to work with agency staff and stakeholders in the Boston Marine Industrial Park (BMIP) to update the master plan for the area, which is part of the rapidly growing South Boston Waterfront.
A team of representatives from the BRA/EDIC and Massport has recommended Utile, Inc. for the project.
Utile will analyze the changing conditions and help plot a course for the BMIP’s next decade. The firm’s budget will be kept to approximately $250,000 or less.
The existing master plan for the 191-acre city-owned industrial park dates back to 2000. Since then the BMIP has changed dramatically as a result of new investments and increased development interests.
An emerging mix of life science, green tech, and other research and development firms have found the park to be an ideal home. North Coast Seafoods and Legal Sea Foods have built new processing facilities, and the roads and infrastructure have undergone significant upgrades.
While the BMIP has witnessed major successes over the years, several vacant, underutilized, and undesignated parcels remain a challenge to its future potential. Deteriorating maritime infrastructure, increasing demand for commercial uses, and the growth of the nearby Innovation District further add to the need for an updated master plan.