North Coast Seafoods — with its restaurant, cargo and freight businesses — is undestood to be one of three or more seafood companies moving into big, new fish-processing plants on the South Boston Waterfront, judging by reporting in the Boston Globe.
Pilot Development Partners, owned by Eden Milroy, is building a 220,000-square foot site in Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park for an undisclosed investment. Pilot is understood to be building a 48,000 sq ft structure; a second building of 60,000 sq. ft. and a parking garage for 300 vehicles.
The smaller building already has Boston Sword & Tuna pre-sold as an occumpant, but North Coast was understood to be lining up processing plant largely for farmed salmon in the 60,000 sq. ft. building. With its Fish Pier restaurant and fish-transport ties, North Coast is seen putting a 2,500 sq ft dining and seafood area in or adjacent to the parking structure.
“The health of the industry is quite strong,” the Globe quoted Milroy as saying, adding “The Boston area’s seafood industry has expanded internationally.”
The new facilities will sprawl out over the South Boston Waterfront, and the development is part of a drive by the city and Massport — a grouping of companies and local government agencies that includes Logan International Airport — to create value by preparing and moving farmed fish by air as less wild catch arrives by sea. Logan recently struck a deal for several weekly direct flights to Brazil.
Diving into Boston City documents, SalmonBusiness also saw a Letter of Intent from Foodmart/BGI to demolish part of the Raymond L Flynn Marine Park and build “a new, modern, multi-tenant facility for seafood processing, storage and refrigeration.”
“The new facility (at No. 3 Dolphin Way) will be a two-story, light industrial building of approximately 56,000 gross sq. ft on the first floor, with an office mezzanine area on the second floor of approximately 23,000 gross sq. ft. The building will be constructed to include operational areas that can be flexibly arranged to accommodate tenants of various sizes, and will also support shipping and loading areas.” The lot of South Boston Waterfront land to be used is 148,000 sq. ft., and judging by LOI’s and Approvals, this is not the Massport project.
“Amid mixed-use development frenzy, a state-of-the-art fish processing facility is headed to Seaport,” local property watcher, Perry Research, tweeted.
Make that three or more fish-processing plants of unspecified capacity, as Stavis Seafood was also in the Globe’s report for building a 6-acre seafood plant.