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March 15, 2013

NRA awards borings job

GZA will study whether waterfront land can be developed


The presence of commercial buildings is opposed by the Committee for an Open Waterfront, which has been saying it will produce an alternate plan.

Last night, COW leader Elizabeth Heath said that her group’s proposed plan — which calls for no structures on the waterfront land — is almost ready for public review.

The cost for the borings project is being paid by NRA, not the city. The NRA has about $185,000 in its treasury, officials said.

While the bid for the analysis went to GZA GeoEnvironmental, it appears its local division, Vine Associates, Inc. of 372 Merrimac St., will be doing much of the work. Vine Associates is a waterfront engineering firm with an office here since 1987.

GZA itself, based in Norwood, has about 550 employees in 24 offices throughout the Northeast, according to its website. GZA executives say they provide planning, permitting and civil, structural and remedial services.

The firm may ultimately contract with another company to do the actual borings, and that Vine and/or GZA would analyze the data.

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