The former South Weymouth Naval Air Station development project continues to remain in limbo after months of delays ranging from poor property management, lack of Naval cooperation, and failed negotiations with developers. The Patriot Ledger reports (via the Massachusetts Film Office) that the 324 acres of developable land currently owned by LNR Property Corporation, though earmarked for a film production studio, currently remains stagnant and vacant as part of the ongoing troubles with the former naval base now known as the Tri-Town Southfield project.
Jack Encarnacao of the Patriot Ledger writes:
In 2002, Tri-Town hired LNR Property Corp. to be master developer of the Weymouth air base. Ever since, the company has helped fund a majority of Tri-Town’s operating budget, which previously was almost entirely supported by government grants.
However, deep frustrations continued as more and more problems occur on one front or another in this nearly ten year old project that has yielded next to no results thus far.
From the Ledger:
State Rep. Ronald Mariano said the current stalemate is regrettable, but he’s optimistic. “Tri-Town is doing as well now as it’s ever done,” the Quincy Democrat said. “Have we had missteps and setbacks? Absolutely. But by the same token, LNR has had setbacks and missteps. It was trial-and-error for a while there. But I think we’re on the right track.”
“The fact of the matter is for 10 years there has been no drain on any of the three towns for this property,” he said. “I think just token payments that would have to be dealt with yearly would have kept this development on the front burner for the three towns.”
For more on the ongoing saga in South Weymouth, check out the 3 part series from the Patriot Ledger on the Massachusetts Film Office website.