"This can be built on our northwest quadrant, relatively quickly, as there is little or no remediation or wetland impact," explained Kenneth Goff, executive director of South Shore Tri-Town.
"The board decided that additional time was needed to develop a comprehensive business plan and marketing strategy and to identify funding sources for on- and off-site infrastructure," Goff
said."The board," he
added, "came to realize that several factors would take a lot longer than originally planned" including "the complex environmental permitting process" and "staging construction contracts consistent with regional planning processes." South Shore Tri-Town Development
at that point shifted to the "staged development plan" that's now primed to enter its first phase. The second phase in the "slower, more gradual plan," said Goff
, will be "the Route 18 development stage," with the highway outside the base entrance upgraded and expanded from two to four lanes.Scheduled for completion by 2006, the "Stage II" development would add an additional 700,000 sq. ft. (65,030 sq. m.) of office and R&D space and a 190-acre (76.9-hectare) golf course. "Stage III," the final redevelopment build-out, would kick in after the completion of improvements to Route 3, including a connector road to the base, according to Goff
.During the build-out, another 2.5 million sq. ft. (232,250 sq. m.) of office and R&D would be completed between 2010 and 2012.
Official: 'Numerous Developers' Waiting in Wings, But Reuse Plan is 'Gospel'
"Numerous developers" have stepped up to participate in the billion-dollar base redevelopment, Goff
said.But the reuse plan that voters approved in 1998 will rule as "gospel" in the reuse, he
explained. That plan calls for 948 acres (383.7 hectares) to be set aside for open space, parks, golf courses and recreation; 174 acres (70.4 hectares) for office and R&D operations; 240 acres (97.1 hectares) for retail; 35 acres (14.2 hectares) for senior housing; and eight acres (3.2 hectares) for human services.Another 45 acres (18.2 hectares) will be used for Coast Guard housing.The base plan can only be altered by a two-thirds vote of the residents of the three towns that are part of the property. But other base-site business locations will be opening up soon, even as the redevelopment plan moves through its three stages. South Shore Tri-Town Development
currently subleases 75,000 sq. ft. (6,967.5 sq. m.) to companies inside nine Navy-owned buildings on the base property.The redevelopment agency expects to lease additional Navy-owned facilities on the acreage "in the near future" once the buildings are brought up to code, Goff