Weymouth: Legal Troubles Hamper Development at Union Point

Legal issues have hampered progress at Union Point — the development shared by the towns of Rockland, Weymouth, and Abington. The Southfield Redevelopment Authority is looking for answers.

The Patriot Ledger reports Kyle Corkum, the former CEO of L-Star Ventures (the site developer) misspent millions of dollars and breached his duties. Employees recently filed a lawsuit for missed wages.

The Southfield Redevelopment authority was asked for an update by Joseph Shea of Abington.

“Candidly, we share your concern and agree that we need to see within the next few weeks some real movement to see that development is happening back here,” said Chair of the SRA, Lyndsey Kruzer. “I think we’re still in the same situation where development really can’t happen right now under the various legal issues.”  

Kruzer says they asked representatives specifically on the missed wages.  

“We were concerned that there were some employees who weren’t being paid,” said Kruzer. “I believe that all those payments were made last Friday, so L-Star is current on their payroll.”

Senior L-Star Vice-President Tom Berkley said he cannot comment on the legal issues, but an update will be given on projects when they are resolved.

“We’re working towards resolving it, but it’s not something that I can talk about,” said Berkley. “It has held up a few opportunities. Fortunately with patience we continue to move forward in getting a lot of those things resolved.”

Berkley said there remains interest in the site from residential and commercial developers. He said ProDrive Technologies will start construction later this year, but could be pushed to 2019 depending on the weather.

Kruzer says they have sought outside financial and legal advice for direction.

“We are trying to balance that while being mindful of knowing that any action that we take will affect the project in some way,” said Kruzer. “Whether positive or negative we want to be sure that we’re taking the right action that fulfils all of our obligations.”


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