YNN — Instead of a traditional seawall, a development team will build a concrete stabilization mat to prevent erosion by breaking up waves before they reach the planned apartment buildings at the former Beacon Chevrolet site.

Workers install and fasten sections of a shoreline stabilization mat at the North Harbor Development site which was formerly the location of Beacon Chevorlet on the Lynnway. The mat is used to protect the shore from crashing waves. (Jim Wilson)You have 4 free articles left this month.LYNN — Instead of a traditional seawall, a development team will build a concrete stabilization mat to prevent erosion by breaking up waves before they reach the planned apartment buildings at the former Beacon Chevrolet site.

Work is expected to be completed on the $1.4 million revetment this week, the first phase of the $90 million redevelopment of the site, dubbed North Harbor, into 332 market-rate apartments, according to Eric Loth, managing director of Minco Corporation, the North Andover-based development team.The 48,000 square-foot revetment is also meant to support a publicly accessible harbor walk connection along the city’s coastline, which the development team plans to connect from the Lynn Heritage State Park to the Clocktower Business Center on the Lynnway.

The revetment consists of articulated concrete block mats, which was given the go-ahead following a lengthy process with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection that involved getting the mats designed and permitted to put into the site, according to Loth.The harbor walk and a linear park that ties into it will be toward the top of the mat, which consists of pieces of concrete tied together with steel cables that were placed on top of crushed stone. All of the voids in the revetment will be planted with grass, which provides more habitat for birds and wildlife, Loth said.

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