Seafood processing plant on West 2nd Street in South Boston could be replaced by a residential building
By adamg on Fri, 07/02/2021 - 10:38am
A developer has proposed replacing the North Coast Seafood processing plant at 270 West 2nd St. with a 93-unit residential building that will start at four stories along the residential West 2nd and rise to six stories along the industrial West 1st.
P. Christopher Associates, a Cambridge firm owned by the family of longtime Boston news executive Phil Balboni, told the BPDA this week it will shortly file detailed plans for its proposal, which it says will include taking down an "unsightly" billboard at the site, which is about 6/10s of an acre.
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Makes sense but still kind of a bummer?
I appreciate that we direly need housing and that there are perhaps more efficient places to have this kind of operation, but it's a bummer to see working class old school jobs leave the heart of the city. I don't go to the Fish Pier but I like the idea that there's a fishing fleet of sorts in the city, even though I suppose it doesn't make much sense anymore.
That's what the Flynn Marine Park is for, but the BPDA has been letting more and more non-marine buildings in.
Heart of the city?
We most definitely need more [affordable and close to public transportation] housing and there is plenty of space in the Flynn Marine Park, as Adam has mentioned, for any business engaged in seafaring or bioscience.
Also, North Coast is located on Drydock Ave. The W 1st St. location is not their main location so while they may be leaving the neighborhood there doesn't appear to be a loss in jobs, just a real estate transaction at a time when it's good to sell. The only thing Southie will be losing is the unsightly billboard and the stench that comes from seafood processing.
Maybe blue collar workers
Maybe blue collar workers would prefer their jobs closer to where they can afford to live instead of being fetishized for the charm they bring by commuting into expensive neighborhoods they haven't been able to afford for decades.
I work next to North Coast’s headquarters, a 3 minute drive from this location.
I doubt a single job is being lost.
They’re literally the biggest seafood company on the East Coast.
I don’t know what they were processing on west first but I don’t expect it to hurt their bottom line. They’re a behemoth who probably finally decided to cash in on the southie boom.
I’m surprised it took this long. For a family owned business, I find it hard to fault them for their success. They were southie before southie was sobo.
Yes - the Fish Pier and
Yes - the Fish Pier and Marine Flynn Park are great, which is where these places should relocate - away from this burgeoning n’hood. This should be an automatic approval.
North Coast’s main, and much larger, facility is down the street on Dry Dock Ave. I don’t know if this is a down size or an efficiency/consolidation move it may be that this spot is outdated and burdensome.
This is part of a bigger plan
to get rid of blue class workers and the middle class in Boston. This has been happening for awhile while the politicians sit in their greedy hands.
It started off by dumbing down the requirements for parking and continued with getting rid of gas stations, auto body shops and mechanics garages.
Poor people can’t afford ride share snd the Coty makes it more expensive for car ownership.
Stop complaining when everyone is riding helmetless and doing wheelies down the streets of Boston. You’re all a bunch of bigots.