Tuesday night, Hingham selectmen granted the Harbor Task Force permission to submit an application to the Mass Seaport Council to help fund necessary waterfront improvements. The committee, as well as the hired engineering firm CLE, surveyed Hingham Harbor to find out what needs to be done to develop the harbor front community.
Carlos Pena from Coast Line Engineering did his research in order to meet the needs of Hingham residents, “I went back to 1988 and read through every report and recommendation that has been made to the town about anything along the waterfront. And the four words that continually come to mind are public safety, access to the waterfront, traffic, and parking.”
As part of the 10 year, 3- phase plan, seawalls will be expanded and repaired, pedestrian walkways will be constructed, and extra facilities will be added.
However, Chair of the Harbor Development Committee Alan Perrault explained that they are presenting their “wish list” to the Seaport Council, “You kind of come in with your big picture plan. You have everything anybody could possible want goes on to a blue plan, that doesn’t mean it’s going to become reality, doesn’t mean it has buy in from the town on every component of it. The idea is that if you have talked about this idea of getting the sewer line to the town pier, if you’ve talked about a marina, if you’ve talked about improving your seawalls, put it all in there.”
Perrault stated that the cost of the project will be split 80-20 with the possibility of the council and private parties paying the entirety. The Seaport Council is meeting mid-October and will review Hingham’s application.