The chairman of the South Shore Tri-town Development Corporation appeared before the Rockland Board of Selectmen Tuesday night, to discuss legislative proposals for the SouthField Development at the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station.
Tri-Town Chairman John Ward derided SouthField developer Starwood Land Ventures proposal for legislation that would rescind the reuse plan of the former air station, that was previously approved by the three towns of Abington, Rockland and Weymouth.
“There is no question that changes need to be made to move this project forward. Any changes need to be worked out co-operatively by the three towns and the developer, through Tri-Town. Changes should not be slanted in favor of a developer, at the risk of the towns. Right now the three towns are protected, by not having to be responsible for any costs associated with SouthField. We should not be rushed into making a decision to benefit Starwood. They have created this situation, by refusing to work with Tri-Town,” Ward said.
Rockland Selectman Larry Ryan expressed his views on three upcoming town meeting articles; one that calls for Rockland to retain the right to decide whether or not to be part of the legislation, and two others that support proposals by either Starwood or Tri-Town.
“I don’t see any one of them being complete (Starwood and Tri-Town proposals) voting for something that could be, when we can take just the one vote in the beginning that says to the legislature, ‘We want our right to speak on this’, and not to be handed some sort of – this is what we think might happen. We want to know what’s going to happen, and we want to know that we’re going to be financially not taken over the hurdles with the roads and whatever! I mean, you know, or they’ll stick us with the turtle study that’s $40,000 a year, to look at turtles and stuff like that,” Ryan explained.