The mayor said extending an existing boardwalk along the river is also part of the flood wall project, but he was unsure when that part of the work will take place.
“Improvements to the flood wall have been designed so that eventually a boardwalk could be placed on the flood wall,” Fiorentini said in a letter to councilors on the project.
In a related matter, the council will get its first look tonight at a zoning proposal for properties along the Merrimack Street stretch of the river. The zoning proposal includes giving tax breaks and other incentives to developers who want to build large residential and commercial projects along the river and connect their properties to the planned boardwalk. While portions of boardwalk exist behind the Tap Brewhouse on Washington Street and in other places, the city hopes to eventually expand and extend it toward Merrimack Street and along the full run of the river downtown.