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In late fall of 1977, the first phase was completed and the lots were available for sale.  The construction included a 20,000 lineal foot 12-inch water main and a 15,000 lineal foot sewer main, both having been connected with the municipal systems; 6,600 lineal feet of road surface, a surface drainage system and street lighting with some site clearance.  By the spring of 1978, Phase I was finalized.  The first phase would provide the city with 1,000 to 1,500 new job opportunities.  Myles Standish Industrial Park was officially dedicated on June 23, 1978, with a suitable program involving federal, state and city officials, that included the ground breaking ceremonies of Boyden Plastics and Waters Associates Inc.  Special acknowledgements for four former mayors were included in the ceremony; Theodore Aleixo, Jr. and the late Benjamin Friedman, Joseph Flood, and Rudolph DeSilva.

In the early 80’s when I-495 was completed, the momentum shifted.  Dozens of companies began to take interest in the below-market-priced lots in the industrial park. In the mid 80’s, the Taunton Development Corporation in cooperation with the City of Taunton attempted to purchase addition land.  After several years of persistent lobbying by the late Senator John F. Parker and later, Senator Marc Pacheco, in April of 1995, they finally acquired 218 acres, which is now known as Phase II.  Phase III was obtained in August of 2000 and contained 154 acres. In 2012, The Taunton Development Corporation partnered with MassDevelopment to form the Taunton Development MassDevelopment Corporation to acquire and redevelop 220 acres of the former P. A. Dever State Hospital land as Phase IV and Phase V of Myles Standish Industrial Park or the MSIP Expansion project. The first 170 acres was redeveloped as industrial expansion lots along the new Charles F. Colton Road. The last 50 acres along the new Dever Drive off Bay Street is the new Business Park at Myles Standish.

The United States Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, has used Myles Standish industrial park as an example of the development of an industrial park and the benefits that a city and its residents realize for taxes and employment.

 

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