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Project could broadly transform the half-mile stretch of working waterfront in Vineyard Haven.Albert O. Fischer 3rd

MA - Vineyard Wind Proposes Massive Plan to Redevelop Tisbury Marine Terminal

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission opened a public hearing this week on a large, complicated project to redevelop the Tisbury Marine Terminal into a vessel staging facility for Vineyard Wind — with the potential to broadly transform Vineyard Haven’s half-mile stretch of working waterfront.

Under review by the MVC as a development of regional impact (DRI), the proposal looks to repair and alter existing marine infrastructure at R.M. Packer’s wharf to support the development of offshore wind, including the construction of new bulkheads, piers, vessel berthing areas, a public walkway and more than 70,000 square feet of underwater dredging. The area proposed for development is nestled on the harbor in the outer reaches of Beach Road,

Vineyard Wind — an offshore wind development company — has received federal approval to build a 62-turbine, 800-megawatt wind farm about 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.

While construction operations for the wind farm will be mainly staged from New Bedford, Vineyard Wind has long planned to base its maintenance operation on Martha’s Vineyard, proposing about 40 salaried jobs.

The eclectic waterfront property is owned by Vineyard Haven businessman Ralph Packer and currently used as a marine terminal for Packer Marine barging operations. Vineyard Wind will lease the property from Mr. Packer. The southern portion of the property is a small stretch of undeveloped beachfront, home at various points to everything from wooden scow vessels to sea glass and rubble.

According to testimony Thursday and the application submitted to the commission, Vineyard Wind is also in discussion to purchase part of the former Hinckley’s lumberyard property at 61 Beach Road to house its operations and maintenance building, as well as units for workforce housing.

“We do have an option to purchase a portion of the property at 61 Beach Road. We’re in the early stages of putting the conceptual design together for that,” said Vineyard Wind technical development manager Jack Arruda at the hearing. “We look forward to providing you with a DRI specific to that property . . . hopefully by the end of the year.”

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