Oyster companies propose restoring Thames Street pier

16 Aug 2019

Groton — Two oyster companies are proposing to restore a pier and vacant property at Thames Street as a spot to stage their boats for their Thames River operations and safely store vessels during storms.

Norm Bloom and Son and Aeros Cultured Oysters, both members of the Noank Aquaculture Cooperative and working to make shellfish beds in the Thames River productive again, are partnering on the plan for the vacant site at 107 Thames St. at the bottom of Broad Street. The site once served as a boatyard with a marine railway for hauling boats and a wooden pier, according to the application filed with the city.

The city's Planning and Zoning Commission approved a site plan and special permit, and the companies now are seeking additional approvals, including from the state for the pier restoration.

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