Rockland: Stakeholders meet with selectmen regarding SouthFeild impasse

The Rockland Board of Selectmen met with representatives from Starwood Land Ventures and the South Shore Tri-Town Development Corporation Monday night, to discuss issues regarding the Southfield development at the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station.

For over two hours selectmen discussed the impasse between South Shore Tri-Town and Starwood, regarding Starwood’s legislative proposal to have municipal services at SouthField provided by the towns of Weymouth, Abington and Rockland, in their respective town lines.

Starwood’s Bob Glantz told Selectman Michael Johnson that the developer can’t deal with the development’s multiple governmental entities.

“Any developer such as us and I’m sure many others who are going to go ahead and invest tens of millions of dollars – and if we want to go ahead and start changing things such as where the zoning is, where the residential is, where the commercial is – we have to go to all three towns. That is not a workable solution for us.”

“You guys bought it that way though – nothing changed since you guys bought it!” said Johnson.

“We didn’t buy it that way. You got to deal with reality. We valued this at zero. Why? Because there’s no water and sewer solution, the Parkway may or may not be funded to be completed, there’s this claw back involved – this system of the multiple governments. This is a train wreck! This is a train wreck the way it’s currently set up!” Glantz exclaimed.

Johnson also suggested that Tri-Town and Starwood consider mediation as a way to resolve their differences.

About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.