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Conley Team Worried Edison Power Plant Will Impact Shipping Business

If approved, the decommissioned Boston Edison Power Plant site will give way to 2M SF of mixed-use development over the next 10 to 15 years.

Workers at a Boston shipping container terminal are worried its strong performance streak could end if a developer moves forward with plans at a neighboring power plant. 

South Boston's Conley Shipping Terminal had a record-setting 2016, with 5% more volume than the previous year. Longshoremen are concerned the momentum could be halted if the Edison Power Plant is redeveloped into a 2M SF mixed-use complex, the Boston Globe reports. Developers Redgate and Hilco have proposed nearly 1,600 residential units on the 15-acre property.

The shipping terminal's workers say this will bring more neighbors to the area to complain about freight traffic. Massport, the terminal’s owner, is already working on a bypass road to keep freight trucks farther away from existing homes in the neighborhood.

Exelon Corp., the Edison’s former owner, agreed to a deed restriction with Massport in 2014 where housing would never get built on the site due to the organization wanting to avoid neighbors' complaints about traffic. Massport has since said it is open to housing as long as it is not adjacent to the bypass road. 

Redgate principal Ralph Cox said the Edison redevelopment would have no impact on the Conley terminal.