Weymouth Officials Question Paying for EDC

Town councilors in Weymouth, Mass., are asking why the local redevelopment authority for the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station has agreed to pay the Navy an estimated $25 million for a 700-acre economic development conveyance (EDC) when the city of Alameda will be obtaining a 900-acre EDC at no cost at the former Naval Air Station Alameda.

“If it’s good enough for Alameda, it should be good enough for us,” at-large Councilor Brian McDonald told Enterprise News. The councilors voted Monday to send a letter to the town’s congressional delegation calling for them to support a no-cost transfer.

For Kevin Donovan, CEO of the South Shore Tri-Town Development Corp., though, the issue already has been settled.

“We have been down that road ad nauseam and the answer is a clear and unequivocal ‘no’ from the Department of the Navy,” Donovan said.

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