Tuesday, November 15, 2016

City Council Calls For Helipad Hearing

State and local officials have been actively identifying locations to place a helipad in the City of Boston. Recent media reports indicate potential helipad locations in South Boston with two locations in Fort Point: close to General Electric's new headquarters or on a barge in the Channel.

Councillor Michael Flaherty has called for a public hearing to discuss building a commercial helipad in Boston. The creation of a helipad or heliport would increase air traffic in our neighborhood, and impact noise and vibrations, air pollution, public safety concerns, future residential housing opportunities, and activation of the watersheet and HarborWalk. Fort Point residents and neighbors are strongly encouraged to attend:

Boston Helipad Hearing

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
6 pm
BCEC (415 Summer St)
Room 204 A & B

Corporate helicopter usage ended in the City of Boston in 1999 with the construction of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC). Plans to build a helipad at the Marine Industrial Park were halted in 2008 after strong neighborhood opposition. 

Written comments may be submitted in advance by email to the Committee of Parks, Recreation and Transportation liaison Juan Aurelio Lopez (juan.lopez@boston.gov) and will be made available to all City Councillors. Written comments may be part of public record. If you have never given public comment at a City Council hearing, please arrive five minutes early to sign up to speak. 

Representatives from the Department of Economic Development, Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Boston Planning & Development Agency and other interested parties will be invited to participate. City Council President Michelle Wu will chair the hearing. 

originally posted 11.3.16

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