On Wednesday, it was a packed house at the Boston Convention Center for the hearing on the new public helipad proposed in Boston. The promise of a helipad was used to sweeten the pot to lure General Electric from Connecticut to Boston. GE’s new headquarters will be built in Fort Point. The hearing was hosted City Councilor At-Large and Southie resident Michael Flaherty, chaired by City Councilor At- Large Michelle Wu and City Council Bill Linehan was also present. The helipad’s location, public safety, noise and air pollution were some of the topics discussed.
According to an article written by Jon Chesto for the Boston Globe, City and state officials have chosen an industrial section of South Boston’s waterfront as the preferred location for public helipad. After reviewing potential sites, leaders are opting for a city owned pier near the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. It was announced that the neighborhood of Fort Point was taken off of the table as a location.
The city expects that there will be 10-20 flights per day. The helipad will be a temporary structure to see if there is demand before a more permanent one is built.
So we shall see. On the positive side, you’ll know have a place to finally land your helicopter!
You can also read more about the hearing here!