On August 9, 2012, Mayor Kirk was joined by Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, Senator Tarr, and Representative Ferrante, to cut the ribbon on the City's new $1.2 million HarborWalk. Designed by Cambridge Seven Associates, the new HarborWalk weaves between the wharves of the waterfront and the brick alleys of Main Street, telling the stories of Gloucester and unveiling the layered richness of this port city.
I4-C2, 65 Rogers Street - Under Idea Development
2010, the City successfully regained ownership of 65 Rogers Street, a
1.82 acre parcel on the city’s inner harbor, is located in the historic
heart of the fishing industry and one block from Main Street and the
Civic Center District.
Commonly referred to as I4-C2, the parcel was created by Urban Renewal in the 1970s, and never successfully redeveloped.
The City will pursue development that furthers
its focused economic development work on building a diverse maritime
Harbor and Economic Development Plans
As the premier working port north of Boston, Gloucester is a Designated Port Area, supported and planned in accordance with State priorities for its most significant port assets. The Harbor and Designated Port Area Master Plan, and the targeted 2011 Economic Development Plan guide the City as it supports its fishing fleet of 263 vessels, its whale watch and charter boats, schooners and cruise ships, and increasingly the marine research, science, technology and innovation companies.
As the oldest, continuous fishing port in the nation, with a natural south-facing deep water harbor on the Gulf of Maine, proximate to the rich fishing grounds of Stellwagon Bank, Middle Bank, and Georges Bank, Gloucester continues to land $54 million in fish, the 13th largest fishing port in the nation. In the forefront of fishery management, the community is savvy, experienced, and enduring.
The Fishery Commission
Dockage Study - The Fishery Commission has chosen the UMass Urban Harbors Institute to work with the Commission to determine current dockage and vessel use, assess the needs of the commercial fishing vessels, and evaluate future dockage needs and the ability of the port to meet demand. The study shall provide recommendations as to how best to ensure the continuation and viability of commercial fishing dockage.