Seafood Industrial Park
2015 was an important year of progress for the City’s Seafood Industrial Park (SIP). In May 2015, the Virginia Port Authority (VPA) awarded the City an Aid to Local Ports Grant of $638,292 to help replace a mooring facility at the Seafood Industrial Park that has served the City well, but has exceeded its expected lifespan. The design will modify the facility to accommodate current large-scale vessel configurations as well as anticipate future sea level rise. A main objective of the Aid to Local Ports Grant is to advance maritime commerce in the Commonwealth. SIP’s commitment to the success of Virginia’s commercial maritime industry earned the City of Newport News over half of the $1 million of competitive 2015 grant funds available. The VPA grant will supplement City CIP funding to accomplish this important project to keep the City’s SIP a premier and thriving hub for Virginia’s seafood and marine industries.
Staff to the EDA has also been engaged with the Department of Engineering on reduction of right-of-way width at the southern terminus of Jefferson Avenue to enlarge the leasable area of the highly successful and growing Davis Boat Works operation. In October 2015, City Council appropriated CIP funds to reconstruct Jefferson Avenue accordingly.Visit website