, Newburyport, MA

NRA Waterfront Plans

September 12, 2012

Newburyport Redevelopment Authority: A timeline


1992: Dispute over waterfront development rights leads to lawsuit between Foster, NRA and city.

1997: Foster and then-mayor Lisa Mead, an advocate of open waterfront, come to an agreement that allows some development in exchange for greater public access.

1998: Anti-hotel mayor Mary Carrier is elected. Mead agreement is scrapped.

1999: Court rules that Foster has no right to develop waterfront. Foster appeals.

2000: A citywide survey is conducted. 49 percent want "park only," 37 percent want "park and commercial," and 8 percent want "commercial only."

2002: Foster drops appeal, his hotel plan is officially dead. 

2008: NRA unveils plans to build large park with some parking on waterfront. Plan receives mixed reviews. At an estimated cost of $5 million, NRA does not have resources to push it further.

2011: NRA enters into private meetings with Karp's development group regarding plans to develop hotel next to NRA property. Daily News files Open Meeting Law complaint; NRA agrees to re-hold meetings in public. Karp's group drops hotel plans.

2012: NRA announces intention to ask for development proposals for waterfront.  Citizens for an Open Waterfront reforms, with Purinton and several others as key leaders.

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