Work is starting to take off for the redevelopment at the former Weymouth Naval Air Station situated between Abington, Rockland, and Weymouth.
The site is now named Union Point, and a North Carolina company, L Star Ventures, is in charge of the redevelopment.
For Kyle Corkum, the President of L Star, he wants the site to be a major center for commerce and recreation.
“What Union Point has become, is really a small city. It’s not independent of Rockland, Abington, and Weymouth. It is a part of all three towns, but it is intended to be kind of the hub of the South Shore,” said Corkum. “There will be a lot of restaurants and things to do.”
With the demolition of old barracks buildings, work has already started on a $31 million sports complex that Corkum said will have fields open on Labor Day Weekend.
“The rec complex is pretty amazing, it’s four turf fields. The fourth field is actually an international-standard rugby field, and so Boston Rugby will be housed there, along with GPS – Global Premier Soccer — and Laxachusetts. We’re also talking to several other exceptional South Shore soccer and lacrosse clubs that would love to have a home at Union Point as well.”
Along with indoor facilities, the complex is slated to include a restaurant, an outdoor hockey rink, along with what Corkum calls an “above-average playground.”
Currently there is no water or sewer in the area, which is holding advanced development. But Corkum has plans for a dedicated pipeline from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority in two to three years.
“We’re trying to see if we can get some temporary water and sewer. There are companies that would like to come to Rockland and Abington right now. But because we don’t have water and sewer, we can’t engage with them,” said Corkum. “We’re working with the departments here to see if we can open some temporary capacity.”
With a temporary pipeline, he says businesses could start as soon as six to nine months on the site.
According to the Weymouth town website, the base was in operation from 1942 to 1997 and was used during World War II to patrol for submarines along the Atlantic Coast.
In the coming months, Corkum says they’ll have more information this spring and summer on future development.
“Union Point, we think is a vital part of not just Rockland, Abington, and Weymouth … but really the Commonwealth as well,” said Corkum. “What we’re doing will be very beneficial for generations to come. It’s very important we get this right.”