2011Demolition work was approved on the Tarr & Wonson Paint Factory.Arts and Culture, Economy and Industry, Location and Setting, Buildings & Architecture, Local Businesses

Two buildings on the site, built on pilings, were found to be listing toward the sea at an alarming rate and were slated to be torn down. Demolition would not involve the largest and most prominent structure, whose side label as “Manufactory” can be seen across Gloucester’s inner harbor. On May 31, 2013, the re-occupancy of the Paint Factory as the new office and headquarters of the non-profit research organization, Ocean Alliance, took place after more than five years and a $3 million grant from the Annenberg Foundation. Assistance also came from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which produced a $200,000 brownfields grant to clean up the pollution left from the paint-producing days.

Fletcher, Steven. "2 Paint Factory buildings pegged for demolition." Gloucester Daily Times. August 15, 2011. Gaines, Richard. "Revived Paint Factory ready for re-use - Ocean Alliance poised for opening ceremony on Friday." Gloucester Daily Times. May 27, 2013.
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