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    Widett Circle fish distributors win bidding for marine industrial park site

    The New Boston Food Market cooperative is moving from a complex at Widett Circle.
    Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff
    The New Boston Food Market cooperative is moving from a complex at Widett Circle.

    Seafood processors in Widett Circle could soon be packing their bags and heading to the waterfront.

    A developer aligned with the New Boston Food Market cooperative has won the bidding for a 3.4-acre site at the far reaches of the city’s marine industrial park, now known as the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park, in South Boston.

    The Boston Planning & Development Agency is expected to vote Thursday to allow its staff to grant Boston Global Investors a “tentative designation” for the property at the end of Fid Kennedy Avenue and enter into formal lease negotiations for the city-owned site.


    The deal would be the first step in New Boston Food Market wholesalers’ effort to eventually sell roughly 20 acres they control at Widett Circle, an industrial area near the Southeast Expressway.

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    “This was a unique opportunity . . . we had to pursue in order to control our own destiny,” said Michael Vaughan, a representative for the wholesalers. “This is an important first step. We’re grateful the city chose us. By providing new facilities, these businesses will be able to grow.”

    The site would only accommodate about 225 of the roughly 900 people who work at the cooperative’s Widett Circle complex, although Boston Global Investors chief executive John Hynes is hopeful he can secure other nearby land in the industrial park.

    The Boston Planning & Development Agency received three bids for the parcel by an April 5 deadline. Staff at the agency weighed development concepts; the cost and operating feasibility; the development teams’ experience and financial capacity; and timetables for construction.

    Boston Global Investors wants to demolish a structure on the site and replace it with a two-story, 56,000-square-foot light industrial building. If the board grants Boston Global Investors the tentative designation, the developer would be able to access the site for six months to asesss the property.

    Jon Chesto can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @jonchesto.