Abington: Residents concerned over Tri-Town legislation

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Abington residents and town officials are concerned about Starwood Capital Group’s attempts to pass over town authority.

Starwood wants to change the current enabling legislation of the Tri-Town development without any approval from Abington, Weymouth, or Rockland.

Robert Glantz, Vice President of Land at Starwood Land Ventures, gave a presentation of the company’s proposal at the Abington Board of Selectmen meeting Monday night.

Town Manager Rick LaFond thinks what Starwood is trying to do is a breakdown in how government is supposed to work.

The existing Tri-Town Board has two members from Rockland, two from Weymouth, and one from Abington. Starwood is proposing to add two members from the Commonwealth and two members from Southfield to make it a nine-person board.

Joseph Shay, the current Abington representative on the Board, has been involved with the base since 1990. He says he wants the project to succeed, but thinks there needs to be more time for the three towns to work together with Starwood and Tri-Town to reach solutions together.

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