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Widett Circle owner proposes new fish-processing plant at other end of South Boston

New Boston Food Market, a co-op that owns food-processing facilities in the no-longer unknown Widett Circle, has signaled its intent to build a two-story fish-processing plant, to be shared by several fish processors, at 3 Dolphin Way, at the end of Fid Kennedy Avenue in the Raymond Flynn Marine Industrial Park.

The filing is one of the co-op's first formal moves to get members out of the 20-acre Widett Circle, which it put up for sale this week.

In a letter of intent sent to the BPDA, New Boston Food Market and developer John Hynes say they would tear down an existing, long vacant building at the Dolphin Way site and put up a 79,000-square foot building that could employ 225 people.

New Boston Food Market needs to complete a lease from the BPDA, which runs the marine industrial park, in addition to getting its approval for the specific building.

Few had heard of Widett Circle until 2015, when the group trying to get the Olympics to Boston announced they would use it for the games' main stadium - without first bothering to talk to New Boston.

3 Dolphin Way letter of intent (864k PDF).

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How do you pronounce "Fid"? Is it a short form of something like "Floyd" ?

Edit: Until I cut and pasted it just now, I thought it was F, lower case L, D.

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Like somebody is fid to be tied.

The longer answer, which doesn't address pronunciation, but which tells us who he was:

The name Fid Kennedy Ave. honors the memory of Thomas "Fid" Kennedy, 1906-1961, a life long South Boston resident for the International
Longshoreman's Union, Local 800 for 18 years. Fid, who started work
on the docks at age 14, contributed greatly to the welfare of longshoremen
who presently work the docks at the Park.

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Since Thomas "Fid" Kennedy was a longshoreman and worked around ships, the nickname probably refers to a fid, the tool used for splicing rope, which is pronounced as in Sid.

From the MacOS DIctionary app:

fid |fid|
noun Nautical
a thick peg, wedge, or supporting pin, in particular:
• a square wooden or iron bar that takes the weight of a topmast stepped to a lower mast by being passed through holes in both masts.
• a conical pin or spike used in splicing rope.

ORIGIN
early 17th cent.: of unknown origin.

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He was a good guy. A solid union man. +RIP

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happened to be taken when LSD-51 USS Oak Hill was visiting Boston (but before the crowds had arrived for the day, around July 4th, 2011).

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.3466078,-71.0250707,3a,35.6y,348.21h,98.21t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sdZzGcGymnV9lELPO0oxhuw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

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Great view

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Anyone ever been near the current location?

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There is already a lot of fish being mongered in that location. A new facility would likely stink less.

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There are already some other fish processors in the Flynn park. I've noticed some fish smell in the area, but it wasn't bad by my standards.

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Legal Seafoods has its own processing plant there, There's also a massive a massive fish warehouse next to to Harpoon Brewery, which you would know if you ever made the mistake of going to one of their "events" there. (Which means paying over bar prices to drink on a loading dock with Southie kids.)

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Southie kids don't hang out at Harpoon. Tom English and Murphy's Law sure.

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I haven't been out all the way out to Dolphin Way, but I stopped in front of Au Bon Pain - which is about half way down Fid Kennedy Ave. No smell there. On the otherhand, Seafood way might be fairly smelly. Don't recall precisely, but that seems to be the area that recall being smelly.

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Does Au Bon Pain (soon to be Au Bon Panera?) still have the speakers playing loud bird calls to try to keep the gulls away from its loading dock?

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I always thought those sounds were real!

As of last summer, it was still there.

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I work at the IDB, and yes there absolutely is a smell. On some days it really is particularly awful because you get the combination of the smell of fermenting yeast from Harpoon and the smell of fish mongering. The smell is largely confined to the area immediately adjacent to Stavis + Harpoon though, it doesn't get all the way down here.

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All this mongering stuff was enjoyable at first, but is getting out of hand. To monger something is to deal in it; a fishmonger is someone who sells fish, not someone who processes it.

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