The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved the contract with Weston and Sampson, an engineering firm based in Peabody, to begin the process of adding a water recreational use to the Charlestown Navy Yard.
Over the summer the BRA put out a Request for Proposal (RFP) to identify and construct a water recreation area at the Charlestown Navy Yard. The BRA narrowed the search down to Weston and Sampson.
According to BRA spokeswoman Melina Schuler, the contract would be for $48,800.
Weston and Sampson will be contracted to identify a proper location for a water recreational use at the Navy Yard. After finding a location Weston and Sampson will be the chief engineers for the city to design and construct the facility.
The approval of the engineering contract by the BRA means now the city and community will work on all aspects of the project from picking the appropriate location to designing the facility.
The BRA spokeperson said that while the project is still in its infancy there will be a comprehensive community process that will begin in the next few months.
The Navy Yard is one of several BRA parcels in the city and houses the historic USS Constitution, a harborwalk, restaurants and residential buildings.