The city is in talks with Footprint about co-managing the pier, which would be used by medium-sized cruise ships. The city also plans to build a walkway from the power plant dock to the Salem Ferry dock.
The city is still seeking permits for the Footprint project.
In addition, Salem plans to use the funds to do the final paving, landscaping and lighting on the Blaney Street lot, and to build a harborwalk over a recently completed seawall. The harborwalk, which will have benches and lighting, will become the main pathway for pedestrians going and coming to the landing, an official said.
“It’s also a nice amenity for neighbors,” said Winn. “It just provides better access” to the waterfront.
The city plans to build a commercial marina with slips and floats in an inner tidal area next to the pier. It will be a protected area that could be used in the winter and other months by fishing boats, officials said.
Most of the work covered by this grant has been permitted, according to Winn. She said the city hopes to put out bids this winter and start construction on some of the work by the spring.
“We’ve always had this rich maritime history,” Driscoll said. “This new investment will enable us to recreate that vibrant harbor port.”
On Thursday, the Seaport Advisory Council also awarded $5.6 million for seawall reconstruction in Gloucester and $50,000 for a Bass River dredging project in Beverly.
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