July 26, 2005: Air base plans get the final approval votes
Projected benefits for Weymouth, Rockland, Abington2008-2011
Additional taxes: $5.5 million
School and municipal services cost: $2.6 million
Additional K-12 students: 212
Net benefit: $2.9 million
Additional taxes: $8 million
Additional taxes: $5 million
Additional taxes: $18.6 million
Proposed open space and recreation
Open space including wetlands, walking and biking trails and nature observation areas 711 acres
2008-2011: Total 1,010
2011-2014: Total 1,145
2014-2017: Total 700
Total at full build out: 2,855
Source: Lennar Partners
Sept. 24, 2004
New plan changes emphasis on jobs
The Patriot Ledger
WEYMOUTH Fewer on-site jobs and an emphasis on the booming biotechnology industry distinguish the latest proposal for the future of the South Weymouth Naval Air Station.
Biotechnology workers earning an average annual wage of $70,000 comprise more than half the estimated 2,533 permanent jobs on the site, according to a plan presented last night.
The proposal unveiled by California-based master developer Lennar Partners bore little resemblance to a rejected plan for a shopping mall, which would have created 8,843 full-time jobs, mostly in retail.
By contrast, Lennars pitch centers around small-town villages flanked by biotechnology firms. The result is a plan that calls for creation of one-third of the jobs that would have existed with the shopping mall.
This cannot be a successful community unless there are jobs on site, said Evan Rose, a Lennar design consultant.
Creating jobs has been a chief requirement of U.S. Navy officials, who have yet to give South Shore Tri-Town Development Corp., the local redevelopment agency, the final 835 acres of the base property.
The Navy is not going to transfer this thing on a no-cost basis unless we can establish creation of jobs, said Greg Morrell, a Lennar vice president.
One Navy official connected with the environmental cleanup on the base suggested the Navy would want to see more jobs created as a condition for handing over the land without charge.
The Navy would like to have more jobs than are being proposed, said Mark Leipert, project manager for the environmental cleanup team.
The plan foresees employing from 2,874 to 6,049 union construction workers at any given point over the course of a 12-year building effort, a fact that appeared to delight dozens of labor guild members at the presentation.
Additional on-site employment includes 444 retail jobs, 462 office jobs, 200 hotel staffers, and 33 golf course workers, according to the proposal.
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RoadsTrotter Road would be open to the public, allowing people to drive onto the property and to get from the site to the MBTA station.
South Shore Tri-Town Development Corp. is responsible for building a four-lane parkway that runs east to west through the property, connecting with Weymouth Street in Rockland.
Design work on improvements to four miles of Route 18, from Route 3 in Weymouth to Route 139 in Abington, is under way.
Work on the intersections of Route 139 and Route 18 and Pond and Pleasant streets is due to be finished by the end of 2005.
Work on Route 18 intersections with Middle and West streets and Park Avenue and Columbian Street is expected to begin in 2005. The second phase of the Route 18 work, from Shea Memorial Drive to Route 139, is expected to be finished by 2013.
Proposed work on roads east of the base includes new turn lanes on Weymouth, Sharp and Hingham streets and widening of a part of Hingham Street from two lanes to four.
Impact on traffic
Total new projected trips in and out of site New trips divided by two equals the number of vehicles added to nearby roads.Daily trips at full build out: 20,000
Peak at rush hour: 2,000
WaterWeymouth currently supplies up to 150,000 gallons per day to the property
Lennar estimates the site will need at least 1 million gallons of water per day by 2017
Lennar proposes to tie into the MWRA system, at a cost of $25 million
South Shore Tri-Town Development Corp. would issue the bonds to pay for the tie-in and recoup its cost by charging user fees to the people and businesses on the property
SewerLennar proposes to build a $15 million wastewater treatment plant on the site
South Shore Tri-Town Development Corp. would issue the bonds to pay for the plant and recoup the cost by charging user fees to residents and businesses on the property
Some of the treated wastewater will be used to irrigate playing fields and the 212-acre golf course
Source: Lennar Partners
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