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City Engages Prominent State Agency on Economic Development and Planning

Prominent State Agency to Assist New Bedford on Waterfront By Jack Spillane Standard-Times Staff Writer NEW BEDFORD — A state planning and finance agency that specializes in spurring economic development in difficult environments has agreed to assist in the development of the city’s long-struggling waterfront. Mass Development, a quasi-public agency created in 1994, will design […]

New Bedford is Open for Business: Mayor Announces Permitting Overhaul

New Bedford, Massachusetts- Mayor Scott W. Lang announced on June 28th a two-stage initiative to streamline the City permitting process to make it easily understandable and accessible for citizens as well as to facilitate business expansion and recruitment. Mayor Lang is working with the New Bedford Economic Development Council and numerous city departments on this […]

Scallop Stocks in Good Shape; Good News for New Bedford

By Becky W. Evans Standard-Times Staff Writer Northeast sea scallop stocks have been rebuilt to sustainable levels and taken off a list of fish species regulators are legally required to manage back to healthy populations, according to a new report released by the National Marine Fisheries Service. The 2006 report on the status of U.S. […]

City Continues to Work on Job Retention

Revere Rejects 3rd Offer by Cleveland Metals Company By Jack Spillane Standard-Times Staff Writer NEW BEDFORD — For the third time in as many weeks, Revere Copper and Brass has rejected the offer of an Ohio company to purchase part of its copper plating business. Mayor Scott W. Lang, however, insisted Monday that if the […]

Wamsutta Mills Owner Seeks Economic Potential in Redeveloping Former Cliftex Mill

By Brian Fraga Standard-Times Staff Writer NEW BEDFORD — In a move that may save a historic mill, the developer of the Wamsutta Mills is interested in buying the Cliftex Mill from owner Edward Fitzsimmons for more than $1 million. Quincy developer Steve Riccardi, who is reconfiguring the Wamsutta Mills into condominiums and apartments, said […]

Hotel Proposed for New Bedford Waterfront

By Aaron Nicodemus Standard-Times Staff Writer NEW BEDFORD — After years of false starts, a major, national hotel chain is apparently coming to downtown New Bedford. Lafrance Hospitality Co. of Westport, the owner of four hotels, including the Hampton Inns in Westport and Fairhaven, is in the process of buying the Finicky Cat Food property […]

Crime in City Down Through May Compared to a Year Ago

By Aaron Nicodemus Standard-Times Staff Writer NEW BEDFORD — Violent crime in the Whaling City is down in every category for the first five months of the year compared to last year, and property crime is down in every category except larceny, according to city statistics. Rape reports are down 36 percent from January to […]

Retail Developer Eyes Project in City’s Hicks-Logan Area

By Aaron Nicodemus Standard-Times Staff Writer NEW BEDFORD — A major national retail developer that owns the Dartmouth Mall and 55 other malls across the country has partnered with a casino developer to develop 30 or more acres in the Hicks-Logan section of the city. The Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), a publicly-traded $3.5 […]

Entrepreneur Opens Downtown Cosmetic Goutique

With a solid background in corporate sales and a life long love of makeup, Larissa McLaughlin has rediscovered that her hometown is a great place to set up a new cosmetic boutique business, the Blush Beauty Bar, at 29 Centre Street in downtown New Bedford. Over 100 friends, family and business owners attended a ribbon […]

Fast Ferry Reports Increase in Advance Bookings

By DON CUDDY Standard Times Staff Writer NEW BEDFORD — As the New England Fast Ferry enters the fourth year of its eight-year licensing agreement to link New Bedford with Martha’s Vineyard, the outlook is bright, according to company President Michael Glasfeld. “We’re very happy with the key trends we’re seeing. Advance bookings are up […]