The former Birdseye property, pegged as the site of a new hotel in Gloucester's Fort neighborhood and now sitting in a newly created hotel overlay zone, is up for a resource area review by the city's Conservation Commission tonight.
Beauport Gloucester LLC, which owns the former fish plant and cold storage facility, goes before the commission at 7 p.m. in the first-floor City Hall conference room to present a mark-up of the state Department of Environmental Protection-designated resource areas on the coastal site, said the company's attorney John Cunningam.
Resource areas on the property, according to a notice of resource area delineation filed by Beals Associates Inc., the company's engineer, include Pavilion Beach, the coastal bank between the beach and the building, land under the ocean from the mean low tide seaward to the point where the city's jurisdiction ends, and land subject to coastal storm flowage. The review, Cunningham said, marks the first step toward the City Council's special permit process for a hotel on the site.
Beauport Gloucester, a limited liability company formed by James Davis, who owns New Balance, and Cruiseport's Sheree DeLorenzo, purchased the property last July for $6.5 million.
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