Beacon shines on Lynn waterfront


May 11, 2016
By Thomas Grillo/The Daily Item

The Beacon Chevrolet site on the Lynnway has been sold for $2.5 million, clearing the way for an $80 million waterfront residential project.

Lynn Development LLC, a North Andover-based entity managed by Louis Minicucci Jr. and Arthur Pappathanasi, closed the deal on Monday. The seller was John Granese Jr., trustee of Beacon-Bel Realty Trust in Marblehead.

Officials say the sale represents a giant step to jump start one of the waterfront’s major developments. It promises to begin the transformation of an underdeveloped city section into a world-class neighborhood complete with apartments offering sweeping ocean views, and nearby ferry service and a commuter rail station.

James Cowdell standing at a podium


“We are very excited,” said James Cowdell, executive director of the Lynn Economic Development & Industrial Corp. “This project will have a shovel in the ground next spring.”

Plans for the 14-acre site include 355 apartments with rents expected to be in the $2,000 range.

“The people who will live there will primarily work in Boston, but can’t afford to live in Boston,” he said. “It offers a one-minute walk to the ferry with a 30-minute ride to Boston or a trip on the commuter rail, two minutes away. It will transform the area, but it’s only one piece of the puzzle.”

There are several projects on the drawing board for the Lynnway. Charles Patsios plans to construct a $500 million development that would offer 1,200 apartments on the former General Electric Co. Gear Works site. Joseph O’Donnell, founder of Boston Culinary Group and Belmont Capital in Cambridge, is investing $69 million to develop a 17-acre waterfront site that would include 250 units in a wood frame, three-story building.

Still, Cowdell admits there’s a healthy skepticism in Lynn where residents have heard promises of revitalization for years. “People are critical because they haven’t seen any progress yet,” he said. “But the Beacon site will transform that area, 40,000 cars drive by daily and they will look at the waterfront differently.”

Minicucci and Pappathanasi were unavailable for comment.

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