Stavis Seafoods' new Boston processing facility inches closer to reality

Stavis CEO tells IntraFish company is aiming for 2018 completion date.

The new Stavis Seafoods facility on the south Boston waterfront took another step forward after a public meeting Thursday.

The meeting was to collect public and stakeholder comments on the updated project proposal, which is a "significant" reduction in scope and scale from its prior plan, said Gary Uter, project manager at the Boston Planning and Development Agency.

Millenial Partners filed the updated plans in November for the Stavis Seafoods Development Project at Massport Marine Terminal. The proposed 201,000-square foot building will sit on 313,632 square feet of land.

At Thursday's Boston Planning and Development Agency meeting, "the primary feedback was from other tenants in the industrial park. They were interested in truck traffic," Uter told IntraFish.

Stavis CEO Richard Stavis attended Thursday's meeting and said it went smoothly overall; there were comments on truck traffic, but they were out of curiosity, not voiced as a concern.

Uter said the reduced size of the project lessened impacts on surrounding businesses and the environment, and reduced the construction timeline.

"This is the last round of meetings that are associated with ultimately being able to break ground," Stavis told IntraFish, adding this has been a long road. The project began in 2007 and Stavis Seafood officially signed on to the project five years ago.

The proposal is open to receive questions and comments until Monday. After that, the board of the Boston Planning and Development Agency will review comments before voting to approve or reject the proposal.

Millenial Partners will then draft up necessary documents to move forward to the state to get a building and construction permit.

"It may take two to three months of post-board processes before they can potentially get a permit and begin construction. I think they hope to begin construction this year depending on financing and other factors," Uter said.

"We hope to break ground in March and we're still hoping to open the facility in the third quarter of 2018. Millenial Partners has done a really good job on this project," Stavis said.

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