Southfield: Outgoing Tri-Town CEO worried for future

The last day on the job was Friday for Kevin Donovan. His position as C-E-O of the Tri-Town Redevelopment Corporation was eliminated by legislation that put the towns back in charge of redeveloping Southfield at the former South Weymouth Naval Air Base.

“There’s a huge amount of work that needs to take place. The people that negotiated this, I question whether they understood the very intense ramifications,” Donovan said.

The new governing board has to put together a new redevelopment plan within a month, and big infrastructure responsibilities are shifting to the master developer, Starwood Land Ventures.

“I have to give them credit. They want out there with a mission to get what they wanted and they did it. They got what they wanted,” Donovan said. “In my opinion, they moved their liabilities off their bottom line, and moved it onto the tax bills of the people of Weymouth, Rockland, and Abington.”

Looking back, Donovan says he blames most of the delays and road blocks the project faced on the economic downturn, saying he doesn’t fault any one person or group in particular.

About Steve Burns

Steve comes to the South Shore by way of the Jersey Shore. Upon arriving at Emerson College in Boston back in 2010, and eventual graduation in 2014, Steve was immediately attracted to radio as an outlet for his reporting. Previous stops before the South Shore include WOBM on the Jersey Shore, WCCM in the Merrimack Valley, an internship at CBS Radio News' flagship station, WCBS 880 in New York City, and a few formative years at Emerson's WERS.