New Bedford Waterfront Redevelopment Plan

New Bedford, MA

Harriman was the urban planners on a team that worked with the New Bedford Economic Development Council to develop a Master Plan and Urban Renewal Plan for New Bedford’s working waterfront. The emphasis of the project was to integrate new business opportunities from the emerging offshore wind industry with New Bedford’s commercial fishing, cargo, and cultural tourism sectors. The Cecil Group’s role was to prepare a redevelopment strategy that will be the basis for a redevelopment plan under M.G.L. Chapter 121B.

The City of New Bedford has a strong history of waterfront industrial uses, dating back to the days of the whaling industry. Historic mills also exist within the redevelopment area. The challenge is to respect the history while encouraging modern working waterfront uses and allowing safe and attractive public access.