Community Commitment and Benefits

National Grid is committed to being good neighbors in the communities we serve. We work with local organizations and elected officials along with business, community, and other leaders to build strong and lasting partnerships as we conduct cleanup activities.

Project Benefits to the Community

The main goal of this project is to improve the environment, by removing MGP by-products from both the upland areas and harbor. Moreover, the project will bring many additional benefits to the Gloucester community as part of our work. For example:

  • The new seawalls at Solomon Jacobs Park and the National Grid property will be built to current design standards.
  • Existing seawalls at neighboring properties will be reinforced.
  • Following the remediation, the City of Gloucester in cooperation with National Grid will replace the wooden pier in front of Solomon Jacobs Park by a new floating dock system to provide enhanced landing facilities for use by the Harbormaster and boaters.
  • The seawalls will be re-aligned to better suit the needs of the City of Gloucester Harbormaster.
  • Dredging will provide additional draft for the Harbormaster’s vessel in key areas as requested by the City of Gloucester.
  • Solomon Jacobs Park will be restored.
  • The new seawall and land in front of the National Grid building will provide enhanced public access to, and views of, the waterfront.
  • Important historical and archaeological properties relating to Gloucester’s maritime heritage will be preserved or documented for posterity; leaving a legacy of valuable historical data and resources for the community. The historic seawalls to be reconstructed in the work areas have been designed to complement the surrounding Gloucester Harbor Historic District and to emulate the workmanship of the original structures. The historic Burnham’s Marine Railway (est. 1849–1851) at Maritime Gloucester will be maintained as a working component of the heritage center. Marine archaeologists will record the submerged remains of a second historic marine railway (est. 1851–1857) during the remediation process and the results of the investigation will be shared with the community.  See Gloucester Harbor Heritage for additional information.