South Coast Research & Technology Park
On January 12, 1987 Kerr Mill in Fall River burnt to the ground, leaving nearly 1,000 south coast workers unemployed. Home to the Kerr Thread Company since 1890, the historic 33-acre site sat vacant for more than a decade. In 1999, MassDevelopment set out to redevelop the blighted property into the South Coast Research & Technology Park. The innovative project united local, state, business, and higher-education leaders in support of job creation and business development. The Agency forged strategic alliances with the City of Fall River and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth to craft an urban renewal plan. Working closely with its partners, MassDevelopment went on to remediate the site’s environmental conditions; obtain state highway curb cuts and state and local permits; install utilities; build a 60,000-square-foot office facility; construct a parking lot and detention pond; and create a waterfront park for public access to adjacent South Watuppa Pond. In September 2006, Medical Information Technology, Inc. (MEDITECH), a global leader in the health care information systems industry, purchased 17 acres of land in the technology park and built a 128,000-square-foot facility that employs 600 local workers. Today, the South Coast Research & Technology Park is fully occupied, and home to UMass Dartmouth’s Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center, Medical Information Technology, Inc. (MEDITECH) and other high-tech firms.