Brayton Point sale in works
Redevelopment of the 300-acre decommissioned Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset is set to begin, but is likely to be a slow process.
The owner of the massive facility, which was the last coal-fired power plant in Massachusetts before it shut down at the end of May, told the Herald News that it has selected a winning bidder and that a contract for the purchase of the entire property will be announced shortly.
Dynegy Inc. of Houston declined to name the winning bidder, but state Sen. Michael Rodrigues of Westport said the company is from St. Louis and is experienced at buying industrial sites, cleaning them up, and preparing them for redevelopment. Rodrigues said the company has redeveloped coal and steel plants in other states.
Based on that description, the winning bidder could be Commercial Development Company, a St. Louis firm that describes itself as “a privately-held, diversified real estate acquisition and development firm whose principal competency lies within the repositioning and redevelopment of underutilized, distressed, or environmentally challenged properties.”
Some have speculated that Brayton Point, which fell victim to the region’s shift away from coal- and oil-fired power plants, could play a role in offshore wind power development. Others have suggested part of the property could be used for a golf course or an industrial park.
The process of cleaning up the Brayton Point site and making it suitable for redevelopment is likely to take some time, depending on contamination levels at the property. For decades, the owner of the property has been Somerset’s largest taxpayer, paying $4.25 million each of the past two years, well below the $15 million tax bill paid during its heyday in the 1960s.
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