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New London State Pier Businesses Scramble To Relocate Following Vacate Order

City of New London

Businesses at State Pier in New London have until the end of the year to vacate and many have not found new locations.

The move has been forced on them by the Connecticut Port Authority as it makes way to redevelop State Pier for future offshore wind projects.

Michelle Farrelly is the wife of Steven Farrelly, owner of DRVN (Driven) a salt business that has been at State Pier since 2014.

At a recent CPA Board Members meeting she read a letter they’ve sent to Governor Lamont asking him to intervene.

“I would only hope, during these COVID times that nothing’s going on that you would want to help us stay in business. And not lose all our jobs and everything we have created within our company. For our vendors and sub-contractors and why would you want to increase unemployment within our State during these already troubled times,” she said.

DRVN currently has 95,000 tons of salt stored at State Pier at a cost of $5million that would be used by local authorities and the DOT over Winter.

An award-winning freelance reporter/host for WSHU, Brian lives in southeastern Connecticut and covers stories for WSHU across the Eastern side of the state.