Weymouth: Union Point Developer Put on Notice of Default

A three-town board says the master developer of Union Point is in default of an agreement.

The Southfield Redevelopment Authority voted unanimously to send notice to L-Star Ventures, the company tasked with developing the former South Weymouth Naval Base. The site is shared between the towns of Abington, Rockland, and Weymouth.

“Things just seemed like they weren’t adding up. Whether it was ProDrive, the lack of infrastructure…things just weren’t happening,” said SRA Chair, Lyndsey Kruzer.  

“We don’t take this action lightly. It is a big deal. It is not a place we wanted to go to.”

ProDrive, a Dutch Robotics company, recently backed out of developing at Union Point.

L-Star Ventures has faced some turmoil in recent months. The former CEO Kyle Corkum has been accused of breach of duties and misspending millions of dollars. Development has been halted while legal issues are being sorted out.

Weymouth Mayor Robert Hedlund has suspended a water agreement with L-Star pending those issues.

“It’s a matter of public record that L-Star, our master developer, has had some significant internal issues,” said SRA Executive Director, Paul Niedzwiecki. “Those issues remain unresolved. The situation is adversely impacting the development here at Union Point.”

Representatives from Abington, Rockland, and Weymouth spoke in favor of the SRA’s decision.

When L-Star receives notice letter is received, Niedzwiecki says the company has 30 days to address some of those issues, and how they’ll be fixed. Infrastructure and not finding a permanent water source were among the concerns.

L-Star Division President Gerry Kavanaugh expressed a willingness to work with the board.

“It’s a necessary step, and I also thank you, because I believe that we’ve made good progress.” Kavanaugh told the board. “I’ve been doing this for four months. I believe there are enormous problems that need to be solved. At the same time, I’m very confident – very confident that we will solve them.”

Niedzwiecki says they’ll work with the L-Star team to determine the next steps. He says the new management team of Kavanaugh, Tom Berkley, and Ryan Blackmon have worked closely with the SRA.

“We’re going to continue to the discussions we’ve been having with the local team. We’re going to look to see if there is the best case scenario – which is a capital partner that wants to come in and buy L-Star’s rights,” said Niedzwiecki. “If not, what else is going to happen and how we’re going to address that.”

The SRA is set to meet next on January 3, 2019.

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