Beauport Gloucester LLC is offering the city $600,000 for the engineering costs of Fort infrastructure upgrades to go toward improvements around the site of Beauport’s proposed hotel on Pavilion Beach and Commercial Street.
City Councilors voted to accept the funds from Beauport during a meeting last night. The council also approved applying for the grant last night, with an eye toward MassWorks money delivering infrastructure improvements that grow the city’s economy.
The grant would be used in conjunction with a $5 million MassWorks grant the city is seeking to improve water, sewer and drainage services along Commercial Streeet and through the Fort. But Beauport’s extension of the grant is not contingent on the state’s awarding the grant to the city, as reported earlier today, according to John Cunningham, who is serving as Beauport Gloucester’s local attorney for the project.
Beauport Gloucester LLC, the company formed and owned by New Balance owner James Davis and Cruiseport’s Sheree DeLorenzo and has filed a special permit application for a 101-room, $20-$25 million hotel project on the site of the Birdseye building on Commercial Street. City Councilor Joe Ciolino noted that Beauport’s offer for the infrastructure upgrades is not, however, tied to an approval for the hotel permits, saying there were “no strings attached.”
“You have the job creation aspect of the hotel development, and they need modern infrastructure to support that development,” said Mayor Carolyn Kirk. “All along Commercial Street, all the businesses on the Inner Harbor could benefit from better and improved infrastructure.”
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